Porteur-style cargo racks like the Pass & Stow, Velo Orange, and CETMA are excellent for large, bulky items that can be forcefully strapped down to a rack, but they’re not particularly useful for carrying smaller, more delicate items. The Bates Crates Classic wooden crate solves the problem by providing a container in which to carry items that would otherwise be lost or damaged on a platform rack.
The Classic is designed to be attached to your existing cargo rack using bungee cords; this allows quick and easy removal for times when you need the rack platform for larger items. After some experimentation, I found that a pair of Irish straps (shown above) hold the crate more securely than bungees, though installation and removal takes a bit longer.
The Classic is an attractive and durable crate. The maple wood is stained and sealed with a marine grade polyurethane. All hardware is either stainless or galvanized.
The base of the crate is covered with cork both inside and out. The cork keeps the crate from sliding around on the rack platform while also keeping your cargo from rattling around.
The dual cup holders are a cool feature for us coffee addicts (they also work fine for other drinks as long as the cup is tapered). With the Classic you no longer have an excuse to not get up early and go pick up coffee and pastries for you and your honey… :-)
The Bates Crates Classic makes a Porteur rack even more practical while adding a really cool retro look. Plus, I really like the fact that they’re hand-made to order in Chicago, IL. Good stuff.
Dimensions: 16″ x 12″ x 7″ high
Materials: Stained and sealed maple, stainless/galvanized hardware, cork padding
Price: $125 + $25 shipping
Note: In case you have a smallish porteur rack, Bates Crates also makes a more petite crate called the Model T. When ordering, be sure to choose the crate that best matches your rack.