I love things like this, because I am a big nerd.

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Erica
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I got a set of Donkey Boxxes a few weeks ago. After I was done giggling at the name, I put them to good use. they usually hold my two locks, an extra water, and an extra layer in case it gets colder during the time I’m wherever I’m going.

But now, grocery shopping is even more fun than ever (I legitimately love grocery shopping). People look at you funny watching you put a seemingly impossible amount of groceries on your bike and ride away. I spent the $50 gift card my mom got me at Giant Eagle today and fit all the food comfortably. If I really wanted to spend more money, I could take a milk crate with me, though I’d have to load the boxes first, because they don’t open with the crate on top.

I got a great deal on them, too, about 35% off the set, and they’re paying for themselves in time and bus fare saved.


edmonds59
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I like ’em. How did you get a discount on them?


Erica
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went into the shop and I saw one sitting on the ground. I mentioned that they’d be nice to have, and the dude said that if I bought one, he’d give me the second for 50% off. I also got a 10% bike pgh member discount on the first one. They probably were overstocked on them or some such thing.

they are SO much lighter than any milk crate.


Vannevar
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What shop was that?

It seems like it’s a coraplast box held on with zip ties. The more I think about it, the more I like the ziptie vs “mounting system”. The only way this gets stolen is if somebody cuts it off.

I really like the idea of putting lights inside the box for a night-time glow-ride.


Willie
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Thick should have them, I got one back in the summer there.


Vannevar
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Thank you!


Erica
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I did get them at thick. I actually rarely go elsewhere.

(I’ll go to kraynick’s if I’m strapped for cash/time, or if I want to fix something myself. That doesn’t happen much though. As far as I’m concerned, bike mechanics may as well be using alchemy to fix/build bikes)


Steven
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They’re admirably nerdy, agreed, but they look pretty wide. Do they fit through trail bollards? For instance, the ones at the west end of the Jail Trail near the bike station?


StuInMcCandless
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Anything I put on any bike I ride has to play nicely with bus bike racks, including another bike on the rack. Anyone with experience in this, please let me know. Otherwise I’m going to be experimenting with Tidy Cat containers.


edmonds59
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“…but they look pretty wide.”

That was my thought. The company could easily spin off a Donkeybox Lite, maybe 1/3 narrower. I don’t often carry a full bag of groceries, but I do often carry a soft briefcase bag of work junk. And I don’t really need to start carrying excess stuff I don’t immediately need, as does the delightful woman in the testimonial video.


abracadabra
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“I could take a milk crate with me, though I’d have to load the boxes first, because they don’t open with the crate on top.”

I have been thinking for a while that it would be really useful to have some kind of milk crate thing some kind of quick release system on it… so you could push a lever, and the crate would detach from your rack, giving access to your donkey boxx or panniers or whatever. Because that’s the main issue with milk crates IMO.

Edit – just googled this a bit. Here’s a pretty smart solution, just put a hinge on it.

Also bungee chords or lash straps would probably work OK but would not be super secure. I could also picture a system where some kind of mount went under the top of the rack rack and attached to the crate on either side… Also, some kind of permanently mounted slide mount (like a drawer) on the rack might work….


Erica
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my coworker and I took the same bus home on saturday. My bike ws against the bus (with the boxes), his on the outside (with a milk crate on top). I got off the bus first, and had not trouble getting it off.

I haven;t had to deal with many trail things, but I can still make it past the delivery trucks on spring way.

also, most cars give me a lot more room when passing now.


BradQ
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I sometimes use a milk crate on my front rack. When I was more in the habit of using one I kept it near by my bike stuff and had a few extra leather toe-straps around. Easy on, easy off.


Erica
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all this time I’ve been fumbling with cut-up tubes and wasting zip ties.

Never again.

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