I keep saying that my new $5 back wheel is just a temporary fix and that I’m not going to put any more money into my old bike, but then something happens and I need to put more money into it. It’s just something that I needed to do to be able to continue using my bicycle.
I think that when I had my accident, the rack got bent somehow because when I put the $5 thrift store wheel on, the rack was pressed up against the wheel. In order to continue using the rack, I had to unscrew it from the bottom and screw it back on crooked. It still works, but now my problem is that when I am riding with the townie basket full of groceries, it pulls the rack closer to the wheel, which makes it very difficult to ride. I tried putting the townie basket on the other side, but then I wouldn’t be able to lock my bike up correctly the way I have been. The townie basket is in the way and the only way I could lock it up is to bring the basket with me. Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
My partner bought a $5 collapsible box from Dollar General and I wondered if one of those would work. He bought me a box and I didn’t put it on right away because I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that. I had 2 options, put it on the way that I did, widthwise, or lengthwise. I suppose it would work either way, but I just figured that if it were lengthwise, the back wouldn’t be sitting on the rack and it would probably eventually break. I needed some time to think of how I was going to do this, and today I did it.
I was sitting in my room and suddenly it just clicked. I thought to myself, I wonder if we have some wood in the back yard that I could cut and put under the box to support it. I went back there and found a long piece of wood, so I measured 2 pieces the length of the box and cut them. I drilled holes in the bottom of the box and the wood and screwed them together, but the flat head is on the bottom so nobody can unscrew them from the top. The top is just smooth caps so they look riveted. I had leftover wood so I put that in the middle so you can’t really see it. When I was done putting the wood under the collapsible box, I drilled holes in the bottom of the box through the wood and into the rack, but only enough to mark where I was going to drill through the metal in the rack. 3 holes. Of course I had to remove the rack, wouldn’t want drill holes in my wheel. Also it would be very difficult to screw the screws tight into the caps if I have the wheel in my way.
So that was all that it took. I don’t have any assurance that the box won’t eventually break, after all it is very thin cheap plastic, but it was only $5 so it wasn’t a huge investment at all. It was a fun little project.
My old townie basket was fabric, so it wasn’t as sturdy as a plastic box. It only held 1 bag of groceries, of course when I say 1 bag I don’t mean plastic, I mean those reusable fabric bags that they sell at the grocery stores. This new collapsible box will most likely hold 2 bags which will make it so much easier for me to buy a bunch of groceries on my own. Whenever I go to the store, I usually have to make sure I only buy a few items, or whatever will fit in 1 bag. I also had to be careful with weight. Now neither weight nor quantity is an issue. I can make the trek to Food Maxx or Dollar General and easily buy 2 bags full of groceries and not have to worry that the groceries might fall out. Although, I better be careful with pot holes.
The only issue is that when the box is open, it’s close enough to the seat that I’m kind of sitting on it. It doesn’t make a huge difference to me, but I’m just afraid that I might put too much pressure on it. I’m sure it would be fine though so I’m not going to worry about that.
The other issue is that I won’t be able to use it at night because it blocks my back light. I don’t normally go to the store on my bike at night anymore since I had my accident. I had the accident because it was dark and I didn’t see the thing that I ran over which flipped me off my bike. Since that happened, if I have to go to the grocery store at night, I walk. Not having my back light while the box is in use won’t be a real issue because I don’t ride it at night, however, there might be a day that raining and I would normally have the light during the day, but I think that if it is a rainy day, I will just stay at home and wait until it’s not raining, or we can take the car.
I like it and I can’t wait to be able to use it the next time I go grocery shopping on my bike.