CARRYING CARGO on YOUR BICYCLE
You can haul a lot on a bike if you’re properly equipped. Some options include:
• A basic backpack is very convenient, but doesn’t hold a lot and can make for a hot and awkward ride when loaded.
• A “messenger bag” has a single strap that rests on your opposite shoulder; also does not hold a lot.
A rack for the rear of your bike is extremely useful. You’ll need one to be able to use panniers, buckets, and some baskets.
• Panniers are bags that attach to a rear bike rack. These are usually waterproof, removable, and 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.
• 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 and panniers
Want to build your very own bike bucket? We’ve got detailed instructions on how-to.
And if you want to avoid running around to find the necessary parts, you can order a kit from a local craftsperson.
Too busy to make your own but really want a bike bucket? Buy one built by a local craftsperson.