Milk Crates on Bikes


My name is Jack Russillo and I’m a college freshman who just moved to the big city (Seattle) from a small town in the middle of nowhere. Every day I rate something on a scale of 1 to 100.

For me, the worst about a bicycle is the fact that I can’t carry too much stuff with me while I’m riding.

At least, that’s what I used to think.

Because I always felt the need to take things with me when I biked around Orcas Island, I decided to attach a milk crate to the back of my bike. That way, I could haul a good amount of clothes, camping supplies, and many other things. It came in handy more often than not. I even added a detachable canvas cover so that I could cover up my belongings in case of any rain.

The addition of the milk crate was not for style points, although I think it actually looks pretty sweet. While I’m biking here in the city, every once in a while I’ll see someone glance at me, and then look directly to the rear of my bicycle — that’s where the milk crate is. I’m sure they’re just wishing that they had a bike with a badass means of carrying things on it just like me. I mean, that’s what I would be thinking if I saw someone biking around with a bike that’s outfitted like mine.

My bike and its magnificent milk crate.

However, there are a few drawbacks to having a milk crate on the back of my bike. For one, sometimes it rattles while I’m riding and, while it’s securely fastened to my bike, I don’t need another annoying noise in my life. Next, there’s always the possibilty of overfilling the milk crate, as I have done before. And that is only going to make the bike ride that much more difficult by adding more weight.

I saw both of those not-so-great aspects of the milk crate coming, but there’s one thing that I did not.

Apparently, some people around here have mistaken the milk crate on the back of my bike for a trash recepticle. So far this school year, I’ve found bits of trash placed directly into the crate a handful of times. It’s starting to be a real pain in the ass.

But, despite a few pieces of garbage, I’m still very glad that I have the milk crate on my bike. It’s been quite a useful addition to my only mode of transportation.

Now, if only I could pick up a few chicks with the milk crate… Or E.T. — I’d pick him up and give him a lift anytime.

Jack’s Rating: 62/100

Pro: I never thought that a self-made trunk for a bike would be so convenient to have. Oh wait, yes I did. That’s why I put it on there.

Con: It doesn’t look the coolest and it makes some annoying noises. And I’m getting real tired of finding trash inside the milk crate.

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