Ultimate DIY Milk Crate Storage System Upgrade 2.0?

Stoneyrun

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USA
DIY Milk Crate Storage... upgrade 2.0 ;).
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Simulated scale cuz I still don't have my XP yet. :( Cut down lid to replace trop tray with Yescom locking removeable 30L hard case mounted to lid with included brackets and some lock washers. Added remote controlled brake light and turn signals. Added a canvas type cooler with a hard plastic liner to the interior of the milk crate. Fits nicely in there. Weighs 10.2 lbs. empty. Will post video shortly.
 
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Stoneyrun

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USA
When I seen this today on Reddit. I was like, Stoney! LOL
Gotta do something while waiting for our bikes. Got the Aosom trailer put together today. I might modify the hitch adapter to connect to the rear rack instead of the seat tube.
 

mclewis1

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Canada
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Fredericton, NB
1) I like the idea of using both a magnetic and some different connection (like those reusable ties or elastic/ball setups) between the crate and the rack. A magnetic connection will reduce bouncing and rattling and the reusable tie is the extra insurance over big bumps and such or in sudden sideways movements ... see item #2

2) I'd be really leery of mounting a substantial container on top of your milk crate setup because of the very high center of gravity. Even just the milk crate idea (with something heavier in it) changes any bike's handling, and putting anything substantial above that can be a real problem. You will often not notice just how much this can affect the handling until you do something that requires a quick movement ... it can really surprise you in a bad way. With the higher speeds on an ebike this can be very dangerous.

This is why panniers and such are usually mounted as low as possible/practical and packed in such a way that lighter items go on top.
 

Stoneyrun

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USA
Yeah, I've ridden motorcycles for the past few decades. Commuted year round to use HOV lanes with electric clothing before I retired. Wiped out once entering HOV lanes when a salt truck was coating the road but left a big pile of salt at the apex of the entrance ramp. I hit it at about 45 mph and both tires slipped out. Didn't get hurt. Busted up my mirror and turn signal. Got Iron Butt certified in 2001ish (1000 miles in 24 hours). Finished the Crotona midnight run in about 2002 during an ice storm in New York. Carbs froze on my Seca 600 and I ended up with a participation medallion. I'm familiar with two wheel riding and balance issues. Haven't ridden a bike since about 2009 though. My thinking is to put only lighter things up top. Helmet when not riding. Mostly empty when riding. Got a couple lithium batteries banks with 18 18650s each for the milk crate that I'll use to charge accessories and my heated electric jacket in cold weather. But they could give my main bike battery a bump if in a pinch. I'll order another lectric battery if they're ever not "sold out". Plans for the Aosom trailer I just put together will be used for hammock camping gear and equipment, or a pet carrier, or a solar charger (depending on what I'm doing at the time). Probably won't ever try to pull the trailer with the milk crate system at the same time. In the blue ridge mountains very near the Appalachian Trail. Plenty of options for riding and stuff within 1 battery range. Will probably use panniers with either set up. I'm 6' 185lbs at the moment. Doing everything I can to reduce weight/improve range/maintain stability and comfort/safety. The milk crate setup weighs 10.2 pounds empty. Santan has 250w used solar panels for $50 each btw. Thanks for the reply. I hadn't considered using magnets AND reusable ties.