If you’re ever tried to carry something heavy or unwieldy by bike, you’ve probably vowed never to do it again. Which is understandable. It isn’t easy to perform a balancing act when your mode of transportation is already dependent upon your equilibrium. A basket or pannier is fine for lighter, smaller loads, but not so much if your burden is super heavy or bulky. If only your bike had some kind of trunk, boot, rear carry-all…
Say no more. A rear-mounting bike porter crate can make all the difference. We search far and wide for great vintage porter crates which we then tidy up and coat with tung oil to fight the elements before retrofitting each crate for a rear bicycle rack. Each crate is totally unique and oozes retro charm, but best of all they’re super sturdy and can help lighten your load when you’re out for a spin.
Our 3 reasons why we think bike crates are so great:
1. Let’s say you’re going picnicking – you can use the crate to carry all your supplies. We’re talking mini-grill, picnic blanket, cupcakes, a six-pack of beer… the whole shebang.
2. Heading to the beach? Pack up your crate with towels, sunblock, a good book, and portable speakers (well, and probably another six-pack, let’s be real). Everything you need for a day of fun in the sun.
3. Doing some home improvement projects? Getting home from the hardware store shouldn’t be more difficult than whatever project you’re undertaking. A bike crate can easily accommodate a can of paint (or two), a whole raft of tools, plus potting soil and sproutlings.
The long and the short of it is, we don’t know where we’d be without a trusty bicycle crate. It’s a simple way to make getting to-and-from by bike even simpler, and it’s a charming way to add a bit of character to any ride.