A few weeks back, I picked up one of the new Trek Belleville’s, and have logged about 300 miles on it in that time. When I was shopping for a new bike, I narrowed my focus to something durable, with 3-speeds, fenders, a dynamo hub, and plenty of racks for carrying loads, so the Belleville fit nicely into that category. Since we officially sold one of our cars in October, making the transfer to a one car family has been easier than I anticipated, though carrying multiple groceries presented a problem. I still have to pick up a pair of panniers, but I haven’t found any that do the bike justice…would love to see something that matches the paint/seat scheme. One standout feature is the beautiful porter rack, but currently, Trek offers no accessories to attach to it. After digging around online for a bit, I ran across two sites that offered nice wooden crates, but both were well over $100, and more than I felt comfortable paying (given the fact that we have two small children and Christmas is a month away). After Thanksgiving, I set to work building my own, which I think turned out nicely. I had a couple of criteria including it must hold a large watermelon, or two 6-packs of beer (priorities). As you can see, it does the job well, though it’s a bit on the heavy side. I’ll attempt another soon, using lighter woods, and probably fitting aluminum on the bottom, with L-brackets on the side, to lessen the weight and amount of wood used.
(A snug load of Fat Tire and Dogfish Head Beer)