*UPDATED October 2016
**UPDATED April 2017
It seems unlikely, but milk crates are about as embedded in practical, transportation biking as spandex shorts are in bike racing.
The Kerri Crate is the latest evolution of the ubiquitous grocery store milk crate. It features greater cargo-carrying capability with a rectangular shape and has smaller perforations allowing for smaller items (like a set of keys) to be stowed.
The Kerri Crate also comes in a wide range of colors. Combine this with the always useful Clarijs crate cover and not only can you keep your cargo dry, but you can do it in two-tone or monochromatic, whichever suits your personal style.
Kerri also offers a Kerri Klein Crate which is a bit smaller. The normal Crate comes in at 15 3/4″ long x 12 1/2″ wide x 10 1/4″ high (or 40 cm x 32 cm x 26 cm respectively). The Kerri Klein dimensions are 14 1/2″ long x 10 3/4″ wide x 7″ high (or 37 cm x 27 cm x 18 cm respectively). Those are internal dimensions.
The Kerri Klein is great if you prefer its lower profile and don’t need as much cargo capacity. Ideally you would be putting this on a frame fixed front carrier rack like the ones on a Workcycles. However, the Kerri Klein is small and light enough you could put it on top of just about any bike rack, front or rear.
There’s nothing revolutionary about this; Kerri has merely taken a classic fixture of practical biking and improved on it in a few ways. It’s enough to catch our attention though, which is why we carry them at the shop. We’ve tried out other crates, ULINE, Container Store, etc. None of them cut the mustard like Kerri, and furthermore, you can’t get Kerri at Wal-Mart, the Container Store, on Amazon, or by the dumpster of a grocery store, so we took it upon ourselves to import them from the Netherlands, just for you.
Kerri Crate – $50
Kerri Klein Crate – $40
*UPDATE October 2016 – we received another brand of crate. It seems equivalent in size and function. The Kerri version is clearly more rigid and hefty. First impression of the non-Kerri crate is it feels cheaper and thus less durable. I’m a stickler for durability. As always, time will tell. The Kerri version in black should still be readily available. However, going forward the color crates that we order may or may not be Kerri crates. Additionally, availability of all Klein (smaller) size crates is in doubt.
**UPDATE April 2017 – We just received more of the colorful Kerri crates in the original (tougher) version. We even have a sweet new Battleship Grey color that we’ve never had before. No telling what will arrive on future shipments, so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the less rigid version making an appearance again.
FWIW- I’ve had the lighter duty feeling version on my Fr8 for 6 months now and it’s holding up just fine. In fact, it has one odd acoustic advantage as the chain lock doesn’t make as loud of a noise as it knocks around in your crate.