Bicycle Baskets Blues
Example of the basket I ordered on a bike – from Amazon.com
How I miss my bike baskets on my Raleigh. I had two collapsible metal baskets on my rear rack that would hold my backpack, groceries, my purse, and even once held a Starbucks Coffee Traveler. I enjoy riding my Felt Cafe 8, but I miss having a basket! Instead I’ve been hauling my backpack on my back which isn’t very comfortable. But, the Felt has a terrific rack that is almost too beautiful, I can’t bear to saddle two baskets like I did on my old Raleigh.
Instead, I’ve ordered a single rear basket that will fit on top of the rack. After reading reviews, I’m anticipating having to mount it with zip-strips. But who knows, it might actually mount just fine to my rack. I think I’ll also hunt down a basket liner like the one shown in the photo. Now if only it would arrive!
I must say that my bike needs have grown and the bike shops in my area just can’t meet my ever-maturing needs/wants. It took me forever to find just the right bike. When I decided to shop for a basket, I didn’t want it to turn into the adventure the bike shopping turned into (29 bike shops before finding my Felt), so after two bike shop visits, I decided to order a basket online.
Since I couldn’t compare it to the size of my rack, I had to just guesstimate using a measuring tape how the basket would work on the back rack. As soon as it arrives, I’ll post some photos!
I guess I can bear one more day of riding with my backpack on my back.