I tried my default backup plan of "Velouria's panniers" but on my way back to the office, I had a plastic bag fail, which ended up with Zucchini in the spokes! The horror! And yes, I know that having plastic bags close to your spokes is in general a bad thing (although the front wheel is much more dangerous). Mostly I've been lucky because I've carried lighter things which are easily held out of the wheel by the fender stays.
However, the zucchini didn't seem to want to stay up out of the way, so after picking bits of squash off of my hub, I decided I needed another way to get stuff home.
Enter the temporary box-basket:
As you can see, you cut a pair of holes for the bungee to slip through, et voila:
I've done this a couple of times now, and it's simple if you have a) a properly sized box stashed under your desk or in your office mail room b) a bungee or rack strap c) a box cutter/ X-acto.
It was a nice day at the market:
|The Metro-Pedal Power bike truck was making a pickup:|
|I love wrinkly (aka Savoy) cabbage|
The box worked great all the way home, and I am excited to have cabbage thoren for dinner tonight!