Reader Martha sent in this great hack that she spotted . . . perfect for the winter recreation season.
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On a vacation to Colorado, I noticed a sweet bike hack outside a liquor store.
Someone had transformed their bike into a ski equipment hauler - they had a milk crate on their rear rack to hold ski boots, and a bungee cord to strap the poles to the side of the crate.
When I came out of the store to take pics of the bike, I had the chance to talk to its owner. He showed me how he straps his skis, perfectly balanced, onto his backpack, giving him the ability to carry everything he needs to the slopes.
He said that he uses the crate to haul beer after a day of skiing. He also said that after carrying all of his gear to the slopes, the actual skiing part always feels like a breeze, and he does it all winter long. It's certainly the most unusual bike hack I've ever seen, and yet entirely practical.