Monday, 24 March 2008

Basket Case

A basket can be a great addition to your bike. Whether your piling it high with fresh veg and a french sticks or more realistically throwing your handbag in it on your way to work, baskets are a practical option that add character to your bike. Basket pictured below from a range at Bobbin Bicycles. Scroll down for a few more suggestions...

The Klickfix wicker basket has both classic style and modern day practicality. The basket costs £38 and the lockable bracket is £17. This may be a little more expensive than others on the market but the advantage is that it's easily detachable when you want to use it for shopping but can be locked securely when you want to leave it on your bike. It's also a nice eco solution to avoid using plastic bags.

For something a little more decadent I rather like the Carrie bicycle basket from Design house stockholm. You can buy online or they have a shop on the Kings road, Chelsea.

For a quick, cheap and easy option go for the Basil rectangular basket from Fisher Outdoor for £23.99 . The hooks fit over your handle bars so although not entirely secure you can just order online and attach straight away.

This lovely Hershberger baker's basket was designed by an Armish family in the States. It is available from US site Velo orange but have yet to find anyone selling them in the UK... will keep looking.

If wicker is all a bit 'Vicars wife' for you, try this no nonsense Adie wire mesh basket from Discount Bicycles for only 14.99 complete with quick release mechanism

The waterproof options all tend to be a little boring, this is the best I can find The Reisenthel Bike Basket, verging on Mumsy, I know! definitely room for improvement in this area...


Jules Evans said...

Just wait - there are some smashing stylish basket bags on their way soon! I'll let you know when they are ready :-)


abby said...

i just purchased a LOVELY wicker basket for my bobbin bicycle!! i can't wait for the summer when i can fill it up with picnic food.

Caz said...

Good stuff Jules! looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve!

Caz said...

Hi Abbey - bring on the summer indeed, cycling to regents park in the sunshine with a few good friends, a bottle of wine and some cucumber sandwiches.. I Cant wait!

nick said...

Hi Caz,

Nice post! I've been thinking about baskets over the last few days but I'm not sold on front baskets. Have you come across any good rear ones?


Miss Sarah said...

Love your treatise on baskets! I have a hook on one that was banging incessantly on my bike. A little velcro strip from the hardware store fixed that, now it's easy to fasten on, and just a rip of the strip to detach.

Caz said...

Hi Nick - there are a few rear baskets on the market but there not wildly exciting. Have a look at this page from Fisher outdoor
The rear options tend to be metal mesh but there is quite a nice Rear wicker dog basket bottom left. Will keep my eyes open and let you know if I find something a bit more interesting..

Caz said...

Hi Miss Sarah - Nice idea with the Velcro, I love a bit of bicycle DIY. The europeans are much better at it than us and tend to customise there bikes and accessories much more. I am currently working on converting a supermarket shopping basket in to a bike basket; spraying it a nice colour and attaching it to the back rack, will let you know if it works.

nick said...

I ended up getting a Basil rear rack and it's perfect for transporting my laptop to work. Loving my commute now.

Caz said...

HI Nick - So glad you are sorted with your rear basket. Do you strap your lap top in to keep it secure?

Unknown said...

have just purchased adie rear basket which came with 2 metal bracket things - can't work out how to attach it to my rear rack - any ideas?

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