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    bike basket ideas?

    I want to get a front basket for my bike, but I ride a mountainbike with front suspension. The only baskets I've found that will work hang off the handle bar. They can't carry much weight and would be easy for someone to steal. Anyone seen any front baskets that will work for me?

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    Impressive collection of baskets Seeker333. The OP may need to lock out the front suspension and use rubber coated P-clamps to hold the stays of the basket onto the front forks. I have seen posts about racks for front panniers but what a waste of thie and money. Domromer, you seem to have a security problem where you ride. Get one of the handlebar baskets that are kept from bouncing loose with bunjee cords and take it inside with you after you lock up. If you bike is a hard-tail I recommend a rear rack and removeable panniers.
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    Basil That is a link that someone posted recently, largest selection of baskets I've run across.

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    I got a pink one with daisys. Hey, but that's just me.

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    I know this is an old thread, but I just came up with what I think is a good idea: I took a dairy basket from behind a grocery store and fastened it to my rear rack with rubber bands, bread ties, and a couple bungee cords. It works really well and it was basically free. I spent about $4.00 on a couple 16" bungee cords, but I don't really need them; the rubber bands and bread ties actually hold it more securely (just make sure you use lots of them).

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    I saw a colander (spagetti strainer) used as a front basket. That was kind of clever and artistic.
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    It may be expensive, but you could look at the Sherpa front rack from Old Man Mountain. It's suspension fork compatible. Then, just zip tie mount any regular Wald Basket to it. I really like the idea of front baskets, but alternatively you could mount one the same way on a rear rack and not have to fiddle with finding something to work with your suspension fork. Those folding grocery baskets from wald are dead sexy... don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.

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    Unless you ride off road, you may also want to consider swapping out the suspension fork for a rigid fork.

    Of course, this will cost you more than the basket.

    I put a Tange chromoly fork on my Giant Sedona, and I love the way it handles now compared to the pogo stick it used to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike View Post
    I saw a colander (spagetti strainer) used as a front basket. That was kind of clever and artistic.
    That's a cool idea About the right size - you don't want anything too big in the front and that seems like just the right size.

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    You dont want to carry much weight in the front basket - OK for a sandwich or pack of cigs, otherwise it will affect the handling. If you have bar-ends you can arrange ties from the front of the bar-ends to stop the basket sagging down.

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