From bucket to bike trunk…

We’ve all seen them… buckets from cat litter, bird feed, even feta cheese with a square or rectangular opening.

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If you’re a regular purveyor of these, you’ve already come up with secondary uses for these buckets: storing out of season items, around the garden for schlepping rocks & weeds,  as drums or seats at outdoor parties, etc.

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Over the winter, we re-imagined these as trunks for your bike. A quick Google search (bucket panniers) showed many others had had the same idea, posting their photos and DIY instructions.  But what if you’re not handy? And just need a sturdy, lidded, water-tight, rodent-resistant container to get your gear around? Scouring the neighborhood for these lidded buckets on trash days, many have now been converted to this: 2013-03-22 15.01.19

Easy to attach to your bike’s rear rack, you choose if you need one or two. When mounted, they sit at the same height as the bike rack, so you can load a wide object on the back of the bike. 2013-03-22 15.20.36

Take these on your next jaunt to the grocery store, the farmers market or your next dumpster diving expedition.  I’ve thrown in my bike lock, gloves, bungee cords, laptop, file folders, rag, another set of gloves, bike lights, a sweater, lunch, and still have room.

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At PHEW!, it’s often used to bring home the compost!



How much, you ask? Depends….

Just the plans. Inquire here. $1
DIY kit. Includes hooks, bungee,
wood & aluminum cut & drilled
$15 for one, $25 for two
Bike trunk-to-go. Ready to apply your own
reflective stickers
$35 for one, $60 for two
Learn to make your own. Includes
all materials to make one. Inquire here.
$25 for one
Just a bucket $1
Just a clean unbranded bucket $5

Some testimonials…

  • The low center of gravity made riding with the buckets very easy.  I was able to stand up and lean into turns confidently.  It is much better than trying to steer with a lot of weight on top of the rear rack.
  • The buckets hold so much more than a milk crate, and a milk crate can always be mounted on top of the buckets.  I think I could buy a month’s worth of groceries in one bike trip! They mount onto the bike very quickly.
  • When I got home I was able to quickly lift the buckets off the bike and bring them into the kitchen.  They are definitely more convenient than a milk crate.

Stop on by to try a bike trunk for yourself.