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Upcycle: The DIY Detachable Bike Basket for under $10

EORdetachablebasket_headerI’ve wanted a basket on my bike for a while, but it wasn’t until I read 15 Sources for Bike Accessories on Apartment therapy, that it clicked – I wanted a bike basket that I could easily remove from my bike. It wasn’t just about transporting; it was about carrying my goods, too.

Lucky for me, I found this basket in my parent’s garage, And the nice thing about my parent’s garage is that everything is up for grabs. This is a market-style basket whose origin is completely unknown to my mother. Can we all say, perfect! Basket with handle.

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Now to make this thing securely attached, and still easy to remove. In true Cristin fashion, I first totally over thought this challenge. Then I opened up a drawer EORvelcro_strapsand saw my Velcro supply. Bingo!

First I sewed simple Velrco straps with the help of these plastic do-hickies that were in my junk tote. BTW, even though Eve of Reduction promotes decluttering, I do condone junk totes. As long as you limit the size, it’s fine to keep odds and ends.

Loop thEORbike_basket_straps_one Velcro around one side of the plastic piece, sew. Allow a few inches of fuzzy Velcro. Then cut about 4″ of loop Velcro, flip it over and sew it to the end of the fuzzy Velcro. Repeat to make two straps for the handlebars.

Make a third Velcro strap, without the plastic piece for the head tube (AKA handlebar stem) of the bike.

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My son was in utter disbelief that this would be strong enough, so he tested the basket by putting two 10lb. weights in the basket. He was amazed at the strength of the Velcro straps.

Okay, the cost breakdown.

Basket: mine was free, but you can get them on Amazon for around $5 (or pick up a regular basket at a garage sale or flea market.)

Velcro: I used $1 worth

Plastic piece: if you haven’t Bogarted it from something else, you can get these in craft stores for about 25¢ each

TOTAL: $6.50

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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3 Responses to Upcycle: The DIY Detachable Bike Basket for under $10

  1. tiffany November 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    This would be awesome for camping.

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