Hillbilly cargo bike

Last year I bolted a big plastic tub to the back of Urbana Bikes‘s awesome RNR rack and loaded it up for the Jed Clampett look during a family S24O camping trip.

Powder Mill Road

You’re not really supposed to load things up high on the back of a bike like this — it makes handling more difficult. In this case, though, it worked out better than I expected.

Lovely Bicycle got a hold of an Urbana, loaded it up, and there’s a ton of conversation on the merits of loading up high vs down low vs trailers vs long bikes. Go check it out here.


  • April 21, 2011 - 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I’ve made some hillbilly modifications over the years myself.

  • April 21, 2011 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the mention. I too suspect that a high, heavy load will feel more okay on the Urbana than on other bike based on my initial (albeit limited) experience. Love the tub idea.

  • April 25, 2011 - 7:22 am | Permalink

    Ah, how can you get the tub? A home depot?

  • April 25, 2011 - 7:22 am | Permalink

    Ah, how can you get the tub? A home depot?

  • April 25, 2011 - 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Home Depot carries containers like this, but this plastic storage tub is available at any larger retail store that sells household goods.

    I probably bought this at K-Mart. I don’t remember a store like this in Japan — large size and variety like a デパート but they put value on low price over anything else. Think something that “feels” like a large 百円ショップ but with more variety and more expensive items.

  • April 26, 2011 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi Richard. Thank you for teaching me about the plastic tub. I wonder if it sticks to the rear seat well. Anyway, it is better to lift more luggages when you and your daughter go outside with bicycles. Ah, I plan to search it when I stop at Donki which is a popular shopping mart. My mama bicycle carry enough luggages though.

  • May 26, 2011 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ll post the same information to my blog, thanks for
    ideas and great article.

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