In order to attempt longer and more adventurous Snake On A Bike journeys, I want to build a better case for Charlie the Serpent. The existing case is a box, lined with blue muppet pelt, with some padding on the two largest sides. But there’s nothing that really holds the instrument securely within the box, it is very heavy, and the box itself is worryingly flexible. It has all the weight of a hard case with the reduced protection of a soft one, and while it is well-made, I’d worry taking it very far on even the most loyal and reliable bicycle.
- Three (3) plastic underbed storage boxes to be cannibalised for the outer shell — Tesco, £10 the lot
- Two (2) bamboo trellises to be cut to size to fit into the outer shell to aid rigidity and protect from impact — £11.49 each, Homebase
- Medium duty garden wire for holding the trellises to size if necessary — £4.59 for 30 meters, Homebase. I’ll be really surprised if I use 30 meters of this!
- One 300mL can of fast-setting UniBond NO MORE BIG GAPS — £7.49, Homebase. It says this will make “up to 15 litres” of cured foam, which may not be enough, so I might pick up some more of this. I only found the little “How far will it go?” bit on the label after getting home.
- I suspect I will also be using significant quantities of masking tape and gaffer tape.