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Denton bicycle lover creates customizable ‘Caboose’

Denton bicycle lover creates customizable ‘Caboose’

October 15
02:48 2015

Chad Robertson | Staff Writer

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After pulling a scrapped Mount Shasta Legacy bike from a dumpster and revamping it back to life in 2011, Hayden Davis fell in love with the world of bicycles.

Davis, a 22-year-old printmaker and biking aficionado, has innovated a way for people to carry whatever they can comfortably fit into a cubic foot of space on the back of their bicycles.

Davis’ new product is called The Caboose, and it allows cyclists to attach a customized canvas-wrapped milk crate onto the back of their bikes.

“Everything you can fit in your backpack can fit into the box,” Davis said. “You can go to class with your books, go to the grocery store and have somewhere to put your gallon of milk and ride your bike without having to break your back.”

Davis immersed himself in bike culture after buying his first bike from Wal-Mart while attending college in Savannah, Georgia.

When that bike broke down after a few months, he pulled the Shasta Legacy bike from the trash and fixed it up. He now rides a 1993 Specialized Allez with a customized Caboose attached to the back.

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Hayden Davis shows off the first ever caboose on the back of his bike. Meagan Sullivan | Associate Visuals Editor

“I’ve been interested in bikes for a few years, and I’ve just gotten more obsessed with them,” Davis said. “When you don’t have a car and you ride a bike all the time, you fall in love with the machine.”

Davis said he came up with The Caboose after realizing there was not a bike bag or box on the market that offered a cubic foot of space.

“There are bike bags that hold up to a few gallons, but they are floppy and fall over,” Davis said. “They just aren’t as efficient.”

After attending the Savannah College of Art and Design and moving to Denton in fall 2013, Davis began working at a local printmaking studio, Eagle & Wheeler. From there, he was able to work and print on a variety of different materials.

“I originally just had a milk crate zip-tied to the back of my bike,” Davis said. “But then I thought, ‘What if my milk crate could look better, nicer and could be something people would want to buy?’”

He finally decided on a canvas cover because it looked nice when printed on and reminded him of Vans shoes. His girlfriend started helping out by sewing on the covers. Davis’ product, which is being funded by Eagle & Wheeler, will be produced in Denton and then sold across Texas.

His end goal is to have a Caboose on every bike so that no one has to worry about how they will transport their stuff around. He even said he would keep a few extras in his car to donate to the homeless around town who have bikes.

Right now, only one person besides Davis has a Caboose. Denton resident Torrance Clark won it at Tuesday Bike Night’s Bike Prom after a raffle and said the extra cargo space changed his every day traveling.

“The Caboose has proven a worthy adversary to a backpack, and I’m okay with that,” Clark said. “I grocery shopped with it today and had room for a couple of beers too.”

For everyone else, the process for getting The Caboose will be completely customizable. Davis is planning a website with customizable templates where people can pick the colors of both the milk crate and canvas and upload a design.

“You can have it match your bike to the very last detail,” Davis said.

He said three bicycle stores around town have offered to sell The Caboose retail, and he wants people to be able to go into any store and have the same customizable experience.

All someone needs for The Caboose is a rack on the back of his or her bike, a few zip ties, and $50. For people who already have a milk crate, the canvas covers will be sold separately and the overall price will be deducted.

“With a product this nice and custom-made, $50 is a totally fair price,” Davis said.

Since the website is not up yet, Davis encourages interested customers to inquire on The Caboose’s Facebook page to get more information.

“There’s a huge bicycle community in Denton who just live and do everything on their bikes,” Davis said. “The Caboose is for them.”

Featured Image: The first caboose is displayed inside the Eagle & Wheeler office on Fort Worth Drive. Meagan Sullivan | Associate Visuals Editor

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