Every bike should have a basket. Or better stated, everyone should have at least one bike with a basket.
I’m not talking about a Dorothy and Toto basket. I’m talking about a classic, inexpensive, ridiculously practical accessory that will make carrying things on the front of your bike so easy you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.
My favorite is the Wald 137. These baskets have been made in the US since 1905. We sell them without the hardware so you can attach it to a front rack. A handful of zip ties will get the job done.
Attaching the basket to a rack accomplishes a couple of things. It keeps your handlebar clean. Attaching many things to your bars takes room away from the things that the bars were meant for – your hands! Having the basket on a rack also lowers the weight ever so slightly while still keeping things accessible. It looks cool too.
Once you’ve got your basket you have to decide on a bag. Where once there seemed to be only one bag specifically designed for this basket, there now are a multitude. The bag that started it all (IMO) is the Shopsack (MD) from Sackville. It’s a relatively simple cotton canvas bag made specifically to fit inside the 137. To secure the bag in the basket you can either use a net, or there are loops on the side that will accept a mini carabiner. The newer versions also include a small zippered pocket inside the bag to secure smaller items.
The other bag I use is from Swift Industries. The Sugarloaf basket bag has a slightly padded bottom, has more pockets for organization and has “wings” to secure it to the basket. Both are fine choices.
I get really excited about things that make using your bike easier, and more fun. I can’t think of anything that has had a bigger affect than my basket. I hope you give it a try. I think you’ll love it.
Oh, since I shared some Insta hashtags with you last time I’ll give you a couple more that are basket specific.