Need: location on bike for smaller items such as U-Lock, cable, flat kit, inner tubes, etc.
Requirements: (1) fits on front slope so that cargo can still be braced against the back of the pallet. (2) easy on and off. (3) inexpensive build–originally I intended to make a pack. However, over a year later, it has not happened so repurposing is a great way to go. In fact, there are more compartments in this messenger bag than I would have sewn. (4) can be carried when bike is parked or if pallet needs to be freed up. (5) secure attachment to pallet area.
When I walk down the street and happen upon a cargo bike, there is usually something that the owner has done to make the bike better for them. I enjoy seeing these examples of creativity.
The benefit of a Packitt for me is that I can use the majority of the pallet when the need strikes…impromptu stop for straw on the way home.
For other modifications.
Sometimes, on a windy day, with a tall pile in the pallet, my cargo bike feels like a Wind Brick.
Which is worse, the wind or the rain?
… and then two bikes arrived at the rack and stood in the opening by the coffee shop. They were placed side-by-side beside the staple, and even in the light one was larger than the other. Both contained street wheels and handlebars with lights. Both were useful, purposeful bikes and both propelled their owners happily down the road. The first bike was small and quick, foldable frame, with slick detailing and precise, selected design. Every part of it was intentional: small, strong wheels, reduced frame, a classic and British design. Along side sat its opposite, a large bike, extended in design, with a large, front palled, with strong, reinforced frame; and it sat quietly, showing its strength a lot, the way a mule carries its cargo. It frame was not built for compactness, but for cargo. Read the rest of this entry >>