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.
May is National Bike Month, with events taking place across the country to celebrate and encourage the use of bicycles for transportation. Of course, here at EcoVelo every month is bike month, but we believe May provides a special opportunity to reach out and encourage friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to give bike commuting a try.
In Sacramento, the May is Bike Month campaign encourages individuals and groups to ride their bikes for transportation and recreation while logging their miles on the May is Bike Month website, with the goal of reaching 1,000,000 collective miles for the month. Last year, over 6,000 participants logged more than 1.29 million miles, easily surpassing the region’s million mile goal.
Following are some of the events taking place locally during the month of May:
May 1 — May is Bike Month Kick-off Event. Rally and ride hosted by Placerville Mayor Pierre Rivas and Andrea Lepore of Hot Italian Restaurant. 1 p.m. at River Walk Park in West Sacramento.
To cap it all off, National Bike to Work Week is May 17-21, and National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 21. Many companies across the country are making special accommodations for their employees on that day, and many bicycle advocacy organizations will be out on the roads and trails supporting new bike commuters. This is a great opportunity for advocates and enthusiasts to lend a hand to ensure newcomers to bike commuting have a successful first ride to work.
Tom Milton, designer of the much-loved Selle An-Atomica saddle, passed away this weekend while participating in the Devil Mountain Double Century. Our most sincere condolences go out to Tom’s family, friends, and colleagues.