Bicycle Baskets for Making Your Bicycle More Functional
Bicycle Baskets for Carrying the Load
There are many types of bags that can be used on your bike but there's nothing like traditional bicycle baskets for carrying bulky items. Whether you're off to the market for some groceries, need to carry some papers for delivery, or you want a safe spot for you little dog to enjoy the ride, these baskets can handle the load.
On this page you'll find a few tips for choosing the right bicycle basket, some affordable high quality metal and woven baskets, as well as tips on mounting one.
There are a couple of things to think about before you invest in a bicycle basket. A font loading basket can be great thanks to their easy access and the ability to keep an eye on everything as you ride. However, keep in mind that balancing more than a few pounds on the front of your bike can be tricky, it can throw off your balance. Of course, you'll also want to keep weight balanced side to side. This is why the pannier style rear rack bicycle baskets can be great for anyone carrying a large load.
Most of the woven baskets will attach with hook and loop fabric. Very easy to use and mount, but not as sturdy. However, even some metal bicycle baskets offer easy mounting without any tools. These have a quick release that allows you to remove the basket in seconds and take inside the store to carry along. Certainly, this is a hassle free option.
Other baskets offer a more permanent mount but one that will wobble less and stay in place more securely despite road conditions. This also means they are less likely to be stolen and are generally able to support more weight. These models however require a tool or two to mount as they often have struts that run to your axel and screws, nuts, and bolts for attaching.
You'll also want to be sure that the basket size will suit your needs. Many of these baskets will hold a bag just fine, but if you have smaller items, loose items, they may fall through. If you have small, loose items to take along, a mesh type basket may be the better option.
If you will be using your bicycle basket for taking along a pet, then you might want to consider one that offers a safety leash or "cage" type cover to assure they don't leap from the basket at some point.
Traditional Woven Bicycle Baskets
The Avenir bicycle basket is made from natural wicker and includes a fold down handle, making it easy to carry when you remove it from your bike. It includes three hook and loop straps for quickly and easily attaching to your bicycle handle bars. It's a small basket that is 6" high, 7" deep, and 10" wide at the top.
Electra also offers a wicker basket that is designed for their Townies, Cruiser, and Amsterdam Sport bikes. This basket has a maximum load capacity of 10lbs and it comes with the necessary brackets for 1" and 1 1/8" headtubes.
Another wicker option is from Solvit. It is ideal for transporting your pet. (It also comes in sport silver) It comes with a shoulder strap that can be used when removing it from the bike, creating a handy pet carrier. It includes an adjustable safety leash to keep your pet secure, a reflective strip to improve your visibility, large zippered pockets for holding small items like your keys or sunglasses, and a removable sunshade. This basket has a bracket system for attaching to your bike and measures 13.5" L x 10" W x 10.5" H in the interior. It has a 13lb weight capacity.
Metal Bicycle Baskets
The Wald 3133 is a sturdy option with all metal hardware and a quick release mount. It bolts to the handlebars and has rubber pads for protecting your bike's finish. It is available in white and gloss black and measures 14.5" W x 9.5" H x 9" D.
The Wald 135 also has the handlebar mount but adds some legs to brace against your front axel to help support those bulky groceries. It offers the same size as the 3133 and is available in silver, black, and white.
Their 3114 is a bit smaller measuring 11.75" x 8" x 9" and is better for lighter weight items. It doesn't have the axel braces and features a narrower handlebar mount. This bicycle basket is available in black and white.
This Sunlite bicycle basket has sturdy steel construction, a powder coat finish, and mesh bottom that assures small items won't fall out. It measures 13.5" x 9 7/8" x 9.5 inches and will accommodate groceries. It mounts on the handle bars and leans against the bike stem. Thanks to the quick release mount it's easy to remove the basket and carry it inside too.
The Wald 933 is also constructed with mesh and is ideal for those carrying smaller items. It measures 13" x 9.75" x 9". It has a contoured carrying handle as well. The Wald 157 is one of the largest models available. It measures 21" x15" x 9" and also mounts on the handlebars.
The Wald 137 offers a wider, more shallow storage area. It measures 15" x 10" x 4 3/4".
The final item is a very affordable option. It requires no tools to mount or remove it. It's constructed with white plastic coated steel wire and measures 14.5" x 8.5" x 7".
Rear Rack Bicycle Baskets
Kettler offers a model that measures 16" x 12" x 8". It attaches to the rear luggage rack of the bike with two spring loaded handles and it can be removed in seconds. It includes convenient carrying handles so that the basket can be used while shopping. The mesh makes it possible to carry smaller items and the powder coat finish helps protect the basket from moisture.
Ward also offers a rear mount model. Their 582 is available in chrome, black and white finishes. These pannier style baskets measure 12 3/4" x 7" 1/4" x 8 1/2". The base of the basket can pivot up and the sides collapse. I can then be secured with a clamp, allowing you to fold up the basket when not in use. Their 520 model offers a very secure, more permanent mount, and measures 13.5" x 6.25" x 11".
The 570 model has a chrome finish and measures 13.5" x 5" x 10".