Jun 27

BikeBok to the Seventh Power

Seven Reasons I Love My BikeBok

Now that the rains are less frequent, my bicycle excursions have been more frequent, and so has the thought, “I really love my BikeBok!” So, recently, I decided to document seven days’ worth of reasons why I love it.

Day 1


My BikeBok easily and safely carried three heavy glass half-gallons of Twin Brook Creamery non-homogenized Jersey milk and two glass pints of heavy cream (no thickeners or additives!) along with the rest of the morning’s run to my favorite store, the Goose Community Grocer. I’d never been quite brave enough to transport so much hefty glass and liquid before, but it worked splendidly, and now I do it all the time. It’s just a matter of balancing the weight. DSCN1700 DSCN1701The bottles fit nicely into the depths of the Bok.



Day 2

The simple yet sturdy safety strap allows me to open and load my BikeBok while it is mounted securely on the bike. A quick click of the buckle, and the bike is ready to roll with its loaded BikeBok.

Actually, I love the buckle even more than the safety strap. It’s only a small component, trivial in both size and cost compared with the BikeBok as a whole. However, Peter’s decision to use a high quality, durable buckle instead of saving a dollar or two on cheaper alternative is, in my opinion, of make-or-break importance. If the buckle and strap were bothersome or insecure to latch and release, my BikeBok would mostly sit in the garage. Instead , it’s in near-daily use.






Day 3



My BikeBok, unlike an open basket, keeps my cargo enclosed and protected in this changeable Pacific Northwest weather. A gust of wind won’t blow my mail away; my library books will stay dry in a sudden shower that wasn’t in the forecast;







Day 4



I can take the short cuts through the busy parking lot at my other favorite grocery store, the Star Store in downtown Langley. My bike-with-Bok went easily between these cars without bumping, scratching, or triggering any alarms.







Day 5


Plant starts from the Bur Oak Acres farmstand!  – and if you’re ever on Whidbey Island during the summer, stop by Bur Oak Acres for their delicious heirloom tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and free-range eggs that I enjoy second only to those from my own hens.


A Jet Star tomato, a White Cherry tomato, and two Sunny Smile dwarf sunflowers made it all the way up the long steep hill home (I love this island, but it’s FULL of hills) without spilling the pots or breaking any leaves.

DSCN1732I paused at the top of the hill to add a handful of pink and purple roadside wildflowers to brighten up our table.




Or, as may be, to brighten up the top of the BikeBok. Before planting the tomatoes, potting the sunflowers, and plopping the flowers into a vase, I put them all on display on the upper surface of my BikeBok, where I could admire them in the sunshine.





Day 6

I can readily lift a heavily loaded BikeBok with the robust molded handle, whose width distributes the weight comfortably on my palm.





The opening accommodates the slim hand of my youngest daughter, with her graceful and deft violinist’s fingers…..




















…as well as the broad sturdy hand of my oldest son, who can wield a chainsaw with ease.

(No stereotyping intended. He also changes diapers and makes awesome bread.)











 Day 7






Mud and crud? No problem! I can simply wipe the BikeBok off or hose it down.









Better yet, I can get my two year old grandson to do it for me.




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