I’ve been riding my bike nearly every day since early April, and it’s been so wonderful. Here is my bike posing next to a pretty rose bush. Love you, Road Kitten!
When I first got this bike, Geoff put a crate on it, and I had a few emails requesting instructions. That particular bike box was a rushed job, and the crate banged around and eventually disintegrated (taking a pair of my trousers with it, with a nice tear along the grain at the seat). Geoff recently put a new one on, and I have included a link to the DIY as well as some helpful photos below. I was given two identical wine crates last year, and they’re probably from the liquor store. If you would like one, you can try antique shops, and Eleanor’s has some as well.
Speaking of Eleanor’s, a cute biking accessories shop based in NY, they recently sent me a Robin Hoods headscarf (in blush, of course!) that I have been really enjoying on bad hair days. I love wearing things on my head, and this piece is lovely since I have nothing else like it. It fits under my helmet, and I actually wish I had been wearing it today. It’s so humid out that my helmet turned the top of my head into a flat mess and it would be handy to cover that up. So yes! Recommended!
Oh and yes I am wearing my same old blush maxi skirt (help I hate all of my clothes) but it works for bike riding; I usually tie a knot in the skirt at either side and it doesn’t get caught in the chain.
And onto the crate DIY! Geoff found the instructions for this project on the MAKE website, so follow along there for step-by-step directions. I probably could have done this myself, but Geoff enjoys these kinds of projects way more than I do.
I'm not sure exactly how many coats of tung oil he applied, but it was quite a few. Maybe six? He worked outside, of course. Once that was done, the remainder of the steps took less than half an hour.
When he worked on this project last year he never used these mending plates. They make a big difference.
Done! Let’s go for a spin.