How to Build Your Own Bicycle Basket

Personalize your bike and make a place to stash your stuff with a DIY bicycle basket.


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You Will Need

  • A basket or crate
  • Fork struts or a bike rack
  • Zip ties
  • A drill
  • Books
  • Decorations
  • Hooks
  • A waterproof lid
  • Bungee cords (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Find a basket

    Find the perfect object to repurpose as a basket on your bike. A milk crate is functional and classic, while a wicker basket or wine crate shows off your style.

  2. Choose a basket that's compact and lightweight if it's going on the front of your bike. Riding with something bulky up front can throw off your balance.

  3. Step 2

    Install struts

    Securely attach a pair of struts or a flat-topped bike rack to the front fork hub or rear seat stays on your bike.

  4. Step 3

    Attach bottom

    Hold the box on top of the struts or rack and attach it with zip ties. If your basket doesn't have holes, make some with a drill.

  5. Step 4

    Attach back

    Secure the back of the basket with more zip ties. If your basket is mounted on the front, fasten it to the head tube or handlebars.

  6. Make sure the basket doesn't interfere with the brake cables when you squeeze the brakes and turn the handlebars.

  7. Step 5


    Put a few books in your basket and take it for a test ride. Keep a bungee cord or two in your basket to hold your books and groceries in place.

  8. Step 6


    Decorate your basket with homemade decals or charms and add functional hooks and a waterproof lid. Be creative and make it your own.

  9. In a landmark case in 2009, a Los Angeles driver was convicted of using his car as a weapon against two cyclists in a road rage incident.