How to Add a Picnic Box to Your Bicycle

You can go anywhere with this portable DIY bike picnic box.
You can go anywhere with this portable DIY bike picnic box.

Bicycles are excellent modes of transportation. They’re environment-friendly and an inexpensive way to get around.

Riding a bike is a proven stress-reliever. Regardless of whether you ride purely for pleasure or for exercise, bicycles deliver you to your destination feeling relaxed, energized, and happy.

However, bicycles certainly have their limitations. For instance, with a bicycle, you don’t have the luxury of space. So if you’re going on a picnic, you will definitely encounter a snag. Obviously, you can’t carry bottles and glasses with one hand while the other is maneuvering the bike. So what do you do? You add a picnic box to your bicycle, of course.

It’s like a portable minibar. You have spaces for shot glasses, a bottle of wine, and other stuff. You can also put in some cheese, mini pallet coasters, chips, utensils, napkins, and a water bottle. The good news is, that you can easily remove the box when you don’t need it.

A picnic box on a bike? Yes to this!
A picnic box on a bike? Yes to this!

Before you actually build one, remember to test the dimensions out using cardboard. The box should not be too big that it makes riding uncomfortable.

Gather what you need and start building!


  • Plywood 1200mm x 600 mm
  • 2 pcs – pine timber (24mm x 44mm x 2000mm)
  • pine trim (5mm x 38mm x 900 mm)
  • pine trim (5mm x 5mm x 900mm)
  • 2 pcs – slide barrel bolt (x2)
  • 2 pcs – hinges
  • Paint (optional)
  • Chain (0.7m)
  • Velcro
  • Hooks
  • Screws (different sizes)
  • Wood glue
  • sandpaper
  • Paper (wrapping paper or just A4’s attached to each other)


  • (cordless) drill – recommended preventing splitting
  • Dremel or hacksaw
  • clamps
  • handsaw
  • fretsaw
  • chisel
  • screwdriver (or the drill)
  • stapler

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Thanks to The Dutch cyclist for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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