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Shopping by bike - carrying cargo and more

CARRYING CARGO on YOUR BICYCLE


Bed, mattress, etc. waiting to be loaded You can haul a lot on a bike if you’re properly equipped. Some options include:

Some cargo:

• A basic backpack is very convenient, but doesn’t hold a lot and can make for a

hot & awkward ride when loaded.

• A “messenger bag” has a single strap that rests on your opposite shoulder;

also does not hold a lot.

More cargo:

Bed, mattress, etc. loaded on bikes & trailerA rack for the rear of your bike is extremely useful. You’ll need one to be able

to use panniers, buckets, & some baskets.

• Panniers are bags that attach to a rear bike rack. These are usually waterproof,

removable, & allow you to carry more weight.

• Baskets are generally a less expensive option for carrying more weight. Baskets

can attach to the front or rear of your bike. Some are collapsible and others are

easily removable to go in the store with you.

Plastic “bike buckets” are inexpensive & functional. Build your own!

Carrying two kids on one bikeMost cargo:

• Trailers attach to the rear of your bike, and are the best for carrying large loads,

be it children, pets, groceries, or whatever else you can think of.

• Bakfiets, longtails, and other types of cargo bikes include integrated carrying

capacity for when you frequently need to haul a load (e.g., riding kids to school everyday).

Hot tip: watch the on-line classified ads for inexpensive used trailers & panniers


 

People putting together bike bucketsWant to build your very own bike bucket?  We’ve got detailed instructions on how-to.  

Click here to download a PDF file of instructions.   (310 kb)

And, to save you running all over to find the necessary parts & hardware, you can order

a parts kit through us. See below for how to order. You will need to provide your own

plastic bucket, however.

 

----  Ordering Bike Bucket Hardware:

A parts kit for building your own bike bucket is now available from the City of Portland

for $10.00 each, including shipping and handling.  There’s a limit 2 sets per customer. 

Please allow at least two weeks for delivery.  

Contact Jeff Smith to order bike bucket hardware: 503-823-7083