18 April 2008

Baskety Cycleliciousness

In Copenhagen a bike basket is a proper art form.
Add it, adorn it, adore it!

Two classic customized chic Copenhagen baskets combining raw natural wicker and delicately manufactured plastic flowers.

This type of green plastic box, 'Mælkekasse', is normally used for milk delivery. It is often seen on mopeds and has thus become an icon of overweight cigar-smoking men... On this race bike, however, it seems to combine flashy and sturdy.

I passed by this basket in my street. The nature-like sprouts are made out of plastic, complete with bits of fake soil in the ends.

Glitter 'n' glam!

Parisians have also discovered the vast possibilites of basket art.

Bike Box Bricolage at Centre Pompidou

This basket was in solid black rubber. The newspaper claims to have the answer as to 'Why Paris needs the Green' - an environmentally friendly party.

A real green fake grass basket.

We strongly encourage you all to get yourself an individual basket solution. Find more inspiration in our former posts on Hembrow's bespoke baskets, ANTBIKE, Personalised Bikeness and Flower Box as well as beautiful basket shots at our sister blog, Copenhagen Cycle Chic.


Marrock said...

Don't mock the milk crate.

If it wasn't for the humble milk crate I wouldn't have had any cargo capacity at all when I got back into riding a few years ago.

There's a lot of character in an old beater bike with a cunningly attached milk crate on the back.

I even went so far as to take two and cut one up into a lid for the other: http://tinyurl.com/3bofbf

Velomama said...

Hi Marrock,
I totally agree with you: Milk crates can be funky and very practical. Which is why I mentioned it here along with the other groovy basket solutions :-)
All the same, when you say milk crate in Denmark, you also say mopeds, cigars and lukewarm, strong beer. It's like a national icon of life in the province.
But then again, that's what so cool about culture, isn't it: meanings shift, what's oldfashioned becomes oldschool and then becomes hip.. The wheel keeps on turning...

Marrock said...

Over here (east coast US), for the most part you can pick up milk crates for nothing at just about any shop, I get mine from a convenience store a block away and he lets me have as many as I want so they're out of his way.

For a lot of people that's the first type of cargo carrying apparatus they have just for those reasons, you can get them free and if they break, just recycle it and get another.

One thing I meant to ask, that rubber basket, was that made of recycled bike tires or what?

And there's something I've been curious about since I started reading this blog, I've seen lots of pics of various cargo bikes, long-johns, bakefiets, and the like,but does anyone there use bike trailers like the BoB (http://tinyurl.com/5gmuym) for hauling?

Velomama said...

I'm afraid I don't know the origins of the French rubber basket but I like the thought of making car tyres into bike baskets... And why not take it a step further and recycle all the parts of a car into a bike?

Trailers are very popular all over Denmark - mostly for transporting children. I haven't seen any of the BoB-type before - the common type here is this one: http://www.falckmagasinet.dk/cykelanhanger.
It seems to me that it was actually the trailers that started off the cargo-craze in Copenhagen some 5-7 years ago...

toast said...

that bike at the pomidou.... what is going on with that seat post??

Marrock said...

I've often wondered how many bike frames you could get from recycling one Hummer.

As for the Pug with the wonky seatpost, I think it need to visit a chiropractor or somesuch.