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Bicycle Baskets For an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Updated on October 2, 2014

Bicycle Baskets - Fun and Practical

Bicycle baskets can really come in handy, especially today when more people are environmentally conscious and want to live "green" to save the planet. Folks ride their bikes not only for leisure but also to run errands and even to work.

Besides saving money on gas, riding your bike is also healthy as it's a great exercise and it allows you to breathe the fresh air, especially if you live in the country or a small town. And guess what! With a bicycle basket you can bring your beloved pet along and share the fun.

I remember how excited I was when I was about 9 years old to finally learn how to ride a full size bike. Once I was good at it I would ride the bike around the neighborhood for hours everyday. I had so much fun.

The bicycle actually belonged to my parents and one day my mom decided to put a bike basket on the front so that it would be a lot easier for her to carry groceries. At first I didn't think that was a very good idea. For some reason I felt silly riding the bike with the basket on.

Then one day my dad had the idea of bringing our little puppy along for a ride on the bike basket while I sat on the back. That was so much fun and since then I no longer thought it was so silly to ride with the basket on. I would even volunteer to go to the store on occasion to pick up a few small things that I could carry in the basket.

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Front Bicycle Baskets

Bike baskets are the definition of functionality. Simply clamp a bicycle basket to your handlebar or rack, and you will be able to carry more stuff from the grocery store, to school, work or a picnic!

Wald Front Woody Basket (139WW)
Wald Front Woody Basket (139WW)

This basket is quite large and sturdy and holds plenty of stuff, but it does not compromise the appearance of your bicycle.

 
Avenir Brown SoftSide Quick Basket (11.5"x9"x9.5")
Avenir Brown SoftSide Quick Basket (11.5"x9"x9.5")

This basket is great for running errands as it can fit quite a bit. It's also practical as you can easily take it on and off, and has a zippered pocket for coins, keys, etc. The drawstring cover keeps your items secure and protect them from rain.

 

Ride safer with a bike basket

You don't have to carry stuff in your hands while riding. Keep them where they belong!

Rear Bicycle Baskets

Some people prefer to have the bike baskets in the back. Following are a couple of great choices.

Rear Bicycle Baskets

Kettler Bicycle Accessory: Detachable Rear Mounted Metal Wire Bike Basket with Carrying Handle
Kettler Bicycle Accessory: Detachable Rear Mounted Metal Wire Bike Basket with Carrying Handle

This rear bike basket is ideal for grocery shopping as it can fit a couple of grocery bags. And guess what! Just pop up the attached carrying handle, and you magically turn it into a shopping basket!

 
Topeak Trolley Tote Folding Basket
Topeak Trolley Tote Folding Basket

This one is perfect for your trip to the farmer's market. You can convert it into a trolley to carry produce around, and it easily slides on and off the bike rack. It's also collapsible for storage or travel.

 

Pet Bike Baskets

Don't forget your little friends! They love to have fun too. Today you can choose from dozens of different styles of pet carriers that attach to your bicycles allowing you to bring along your small pet for a fun trip. A good carrier is designed to be safe for your pet so you don't need to worry about them jumping out.

Some carriers are padded, some are wired. You can also find a bicycle basket with a sun shade to protect your pet from heat or one with side pockets for food and water containers. I would say these carriers look stylish and even sporty.

Solvit 62331 Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket
Solvit 62331 Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket

Pamper your pets and take them for a relaxing ride around town in this luxurious and stylish bicycle basket. Plenty of happy owners and pets alike.

 

Videos of dogs in bike baskets

This may be a commercial but a great video nonetheless.

So do you have a bicycle basket? Do you find it useful and fun? Share your thoughts below or just let me know you were here.

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    • gypsyman27 lm profile image

      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I used to ride my bike everywhere and I was going to get a basket, but an accident has kept me from riding. See you around the galaxy...

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      agent009 6 years ago

      This would be great for trips to the grocery store or getting lunch!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely work you have done! Keep it going!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Nice detail about the pet safety baskets.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      It's amazing how many bicylce basket options there are!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      An old idea that is once again timely! Nice work!