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Beverage Crate Carrier for Bikes
Design study of a simple device that supports the attachment of beverage crates to the rear rack of your bikeGadget
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Transporting beverage crates on a bike is a challenge!
This design study presents a simple device that helps to position crates on the rack system of a bicycle. Once in place, the load must then be fixed for transport by conventional means e.g. using tie-down straps with a cam-release buckle. Mounting two crates on either side of the rear rack improves driving stability.
The mount is optimised for a bar cross-section of rectangular shape with rounded edges as used by the PLETSCHER ATHLETE rear rack system, but the basic design can be easily adjusted to profiles of other manufacturers. The hooks hold a crate with six 1.0 litre returnable glass bottles (German VdF system). Crates with more bottles risk to exceed the load capacity of the rear rack that is limited to 27 kg by EN ISO 11243:2016.
Future work will focus on a laser-cutted plate for restraining the bottles in the crate.
The research for this project has been conducted at the Centre for the Design of Additive Manufactured Products (AddLab) of DHBW Cooperative State University Mannheim.
The project results are freely shared with other developers while the included product models are still in a prototype status. The strength of the device has not been tested and can deviate widely corresponding to the production process and its parameters. Therefore, THE DEVICE MUST NOT BE USED IN ROAD TRAFFIC! The developed device is solely intended for easy positioning of the beverage crates on the rear rack of a bicycle. Load must be fixed by approved means in an appropriate way during transport. The author is not liable for any accidents in connection with the design.
Materials and methods
- prototype: standard PLA (not suitable for using the device in road traffic without further securing of the load)
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