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Project

Mailbox Bike Basket

Introduction

A standard aluminum letter box is lightweight, fits gracefully over the rear tire, and provides a generous amount of storage for the goods you pick up on spins around town. The door's latch keeps it securely closed so your items won't slide out, even if there are a few bumps in the road.

Mount this carrier, which fits a lot more than just letters, on a flat rear bike rack.

 

Materials

  • Drill
  • Mailbox, by Gibraltar Industries, homedepot.com
  • 6 plastic zip ties
  • Bike, M8 bike in Chartreuse, publicbikes.com
  • Rear bike rack, in Chartreuse, publicbikes.com

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Drill 6 pairs of holes, centered and evenly spaced, into bottom of mailbox (space holes within each pair about an inch apart). [See image 2 above.] Thread one zip tie through each pair of holes.

  2. Step 2

    Place mailbox on bike rack, and use the zip ties to secure it in place. The plastic ties are durable and weatherproof, and will withstand the elements.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2011

Reviews (2)

  • craftiegran 25 Aug, 2011

    Ahhh, now that is CUTE!! But still... how to get the gallon of milk home.

  • WoobyGirl 23 May, 2011

    Fun, but the mailbox looks too close to the bicycle seat - could be painful if metal edges press against your lower back. Maybe move it back a little, and put a foam pad between box and person?