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How to Build Your Own Bicycle Basket

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Make sure the basket doesn't interfere with the brake cables when you squeeze the brakes and turn the handlebars.
  • Step 5: Test 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.
  • Step 6: Accessorize Decorate your basket with homemade decals or charms and add functional hooks and a waterproof lid. Be creative and make it your own.
  • FACT: 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.

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)

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