Every time I turn, my bike makes these terrible sounds. Actually, now every time I get on my bike with my backpack tucked into the milk crate on my rear rack, it makes these terrible sounds. One of the screws that attaches the rack to the frame fell out (or, as I think in my more paranoid moments, was removed). I hate riding in the Alabama heat with my backpack on, so I searched through my bag looking for a stopgap. Perhaps a zip tie…? I used to keep them in my pack. You can fix ANYTHING with a zip tie!
I found a bobby pin, muttered to myself, “Welp, guess it’s time to macgyver this sumbitch,” and stuck the pin through the hole the rear rack and the corresponding hole in my bike frame, hoping the weight of the rack would hold the pin in place.
I am not Macgyver. This did not work. And I destroyed a bobby pin.
I just wore the backpack home.