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Purchased a used Willow with the crate and rack attached. Lovely crate, but it would last about 10 minutes here in hot humid Florida. Should have been sealed in urethane before shipping. If you buy this new, apply sealant before mounting on the bike.
Here's what I did, with great result:
1. Remove crate form bike.
2. Mask off all of the trim - incredibly important
3. **Do NOT sand the crate.** The existing stain will come off.
4. Apply several light coats of satin urethane, inside and out.
Looks great and it's protected.
I used 6 coats of Minwax Satin Helmsman Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane (Home Depot), waiting about an hour between coats. Basically, I kept on adding coats until the can was gone.
Hard to imagine you could make a Franklin 7 look more chic but oh yes this wooden rear crate does the trick. Perfect size for library books, groceries or even small dogs perhaps. But note (i) it makes the bike very long (e.g. for putting in a tight bike shed), and (ii) it makes a light rattle when you ride over bumps or cobble stones, but I like that.
The box fits great and gives my bike such character, I had a few issues at first with a bit of of a rattle but added a dampener to the bottom problem solved. This box gets tons of complements and everyone always looks inside to see what I'm carrying, makes my day
I love this crate! It's the perfect compromise between function and style. It fits my overfilled backpack and lunch. It was super easy to install.
The crate rounds out the classic look of my Willow, and overall I'm happy I bought it. I've also received some compliments just on the crate! It has been useful for carrying my (and others') things on leisure rides. I put my locks I there while riding, and it's great for small grocery runs. It does make the bike heavier, esp. in terms of lifting it (my friend has a Willow without the crate), but I'm not sure there's much to be done about that. However, some accessories would be nice... I had trouble finding a cargo net that would fit right. I think a snap-on rain cover would be nice. Maybe some snap hardware could be added and a rain cover and a right-size cargo net could be sold? The other problem I'm having is a rear light. The crate obviously blocks the seat tube, so a light there is useless, and I can't affix a light to the box. I tried a light with a clip, but that was jostled off and lost due to rough roads. It's beginning to look like I'll have to attach a drawer handle to the rear of the box, and attach the light to that. I need a rear light, as the rear reflector is insufficient, but unless you remove the box for each evening/night ride (not practical), it is difficult to accommodate a decent rear light. I attached some smaller LED lights to the seat stays, but I'd prefer a higher, bigger, brighter light for night riding on streets.
The wooden crate adds the perfect vintage type feel to the bike which i love. Not only is it cute, but it's so practical. I put my books and purse in there whenever I ride down the local coffee shop to do some studying. I even put my little dog in there for fun bike rides.
My son loves it! Great quality. Customer service was outstanding!
Love how light it is. I wish it was a little bigger. Sometimes I take the bike to grocery store and I could use a little more space.
If you create a bigger box I would definitely purchase it - I'm sure I'm not the only one!
Great crate for my awesome new bike! I put my work bag in and bungee my
Yoga mat on top!
rear crate, was delivered together with a new bike. It seems sturdy and looks nice. However, the crate is not securely fastend, and there was used different types of nuts, which seems a little starnge
High quality - looks great and provides lots of carry room!
I received this as a gift to go with my Driggs7. It makes an already great looking bicycle look even better! I can throw my locks, baseball hat, and a drink in there while I ride, and my helmet when I get back. Really happy with it!
The crate is just the right size for carrying a small haul of groceries, a bottle of wine, or the fixings for a nice picnic for two. The wood is sturdy and has a nice, vintage finish to it. Everything seems really well-made, and I look forward to enjoying this for years to come! The shipping was super-fast, too.
Freaking awesome. Love them. Now I can get take out on my bike and have a few pops at the bar while I'm waiting . And glide home without spilling the food!
I love having this Crate on the back of my bike! It's great for a quick pit stop at the grocery and everything else! The urban streets can be touch terrain and I managed to lose one of the brackets that holds this baby on my bike. I thought, "Well, this is a shot in the dark but if I could purchase another bracket from the company, it would save me a ton of hassle and time." After a quick email to Customer Service, I received an even quicker response from BB Co.! Couldn't believe it!! Low and behold ~ Ryan and Morgan at Brooklyn Bikes were able to find an extra bracket lying around & shipped it out to me in LA ~ gratis. Seriously Amazing... Thanks Guys! You Are Awesome!!
I was very satisfied with the Handcrafted Wooden Rear Crate and I look forward to showing it off on the Brooklyn bike
I bought the rear crate to go with my husband's new BBC bike. It's great quality and the customer service was fantastic.
The bike box was very well constructed, although a lot smaller than we thought it would be.
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