Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

View Poll Results: Do you have a front basket on your bike?

Voters
68. You may not vote on this poll
  • No

    56 82.35%
  • Yes, a quick-realease one--put it on only when I need

    3 4.41%
  • Yes, I've have one installed.

    9 13.24%
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 29
  1. #1
    vol
    vol is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,351
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Do you have a front basket on your commuting bike?

    Just curious. Thanks for taking the poll.

  2. #2
    Senior Member m_yates's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    601
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No need for a front basket. Two rear panniers already allow me to carry more stuff than I should.

  3. #3
    vol
    vol is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,351
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What about picking up some grocery on your way home?

  4. #4
    Junior Mint
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    My Bikes
    Trek 830
    Posts
    242
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't, but two of my coworkers do. On vintage 3-speeds.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Commodus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Burnaby, BC
    Posts
    4,144
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No, but I want one.

  6. #6
    Senior Member mikeybikes's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Edgewater, CO
    My Bikes
    Tons
    Posts
    2,873
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My regular commuter uses two rear baskets - no front.

    My folder has a quick release front basket.
    My Bikes: 2009 Breezer Uptown EX | 1980 Miyata Six Ten | 1970 Hercules Three-Two-Speed
    Wife's Bikes: 2008 Globe City 7 | 1972ish Peugeot UO-18 (in progress)

  7. #7
    tsl
    tsl is offline
    Plays in traffic tsl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    '96 Litespeed Classic, '06 Trek Portland, '13 Ribble Winter/Audax
    Posts
    6,257
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    What about picking up some grocery on your way home?
    That's what the panniers are for.

    My commuting panniers are plenty big enough for a quick stop on the way home. For weekly grocery runs, I use grocery panniers instead.

    Besides, a front basket would block my headlights.
    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    146
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Gosh we're not tourers . . . . err, we're not touring. If you can fit everything into panniers and trunk bags, why sacrifice steering nimbleness?

  9. #9
    vol
    vol is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,351
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sometimes wide panniers could hit other vehicles, or make it hard to pass a narrow gap between two cars. Besides, you can't see them, what if someone took your stuffs (of course doesn't matter if it's just an onion ).

  10. #10
    This town needs an enema.
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Huntington Beach, Ca.
    My Bikes
    Bridgestone 400
    Posts
    795
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I kind of have a basket on the front...well, a porteur rack at least. I have a carradice on the back, but it is certainly handy for grocery trips on the way home, hauling my fishing gear, bringing food for potlucks at work, etc. Basically, if it isn't part of my normal commute then it goes on the rack.
    ^this may or may not be useful information <--this not so much.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    59
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would have one if I could find a reasonably priced unit that does not need to be mounted to the bars or canti-brake studs. A milk crate on a front rack is starting to sound ok at this point.

  12. #12
    Senior Member tjspiel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Minneapolis
    Posts
    6,517
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My daughter has one on her little Trek. I've thrown an extra lock in it when we all go for a ride someplace so it comes in handy. On any of my bikes there's too much going on in terms of cables to make fitting a basket very pleasant.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Long Beach, CA
    My Bikes
    Breezer Uptown 8 (2009), Western Flyer 3-speed (1970's ?), Schwinn Breeze
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I voted yes, because I was riding a bike with a front basket (Schwinn Breeze 3-speed) for most of the past year. But my current bike does not have a basket, and I think I am happy with the rear rack and Wald folding basket attached to it.

    The front basket is nice when you want to throw something in there, or have easy access to something you are carrying, but I don't like having much weight on the fork, due to the way it affects the stearing. You can put 2 gallons of milk in a Wald front basket, but it make for interesting handleing!

  14. #14
    CRIKEY!!!!!!! Cyclaholic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    My Bikes
    several
    Posts
    4,193
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm commuting on a swb recumbent..... hard to fit a front basket.

  15. #15
    I am a caffine girl colleen c's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Bay Area
    My Bikes
    2012 Stumpjumper FSR Comp...2010 Scott CR1 CF...2007 Novara FS Float2.0...2009 Specialized Hardrock Disc...2009 Schwinn Le Tour GSr
    Posts
    1,802
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't have a front basket on my commute bike. It is a drop bar and carbon forks so I kinda don't way to put anymore extra weight on the front.

    On my non commuting cheapy Wally world bike, I do have a basket with a homemade cover on the handlebar. It is made for my 11 lbs poodle/Maltese mix dog. He likes to come along for rides around the neighbor. The steering gets very interesting when he moves around the basket. One time he tried to get out after seeing a neighborhood cat ran arcross in front of the bike. I lost steering control and both of us went down like the Titanic and resulting in me having to get my rear wheel true at my LBS lol.
    "Difference between a well dressed cyclist riding a two wheeled bicycle and a badly dressed cyclist riding a Recumbent is only a-tire"
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Some people got their head so far up their butt such that the only thing they hear is muffle when trying to explain anything to them! I only wish they take it out sometimes to smell the roses.

  16. #16
    Senior Member Sancycles's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Philippines
    My Bikes
    Assorted brand, model, & type
    Posts
    875
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Japanese Bicycles

    90% of my Japanese commuter bicycles have plastic or stainless basket. It's very common on Japanese commuter bicycles. For folders they have quick release baskets.

    My latest acquisition, a mamachari with quick release basket and child carrier. Both attachments are interchangeable.

    Last edited by Sancycles; 08-22-10 at 09:50 AM.

  17. #17
    Real Men Ride Ordinaries fuzz2050's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    3,621
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a handlebar bag and matching rack, does that count?

  18. #18
    Senior Member dynodonn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    6,551
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll settle for a front bicycle rack and panniers, which I have on my winter commuter, but not for a front bicycle basket. I didn't like the reduced steering capabilities of just having a small set of loaded panniers up front, much less a higher center of gravity basket, and especially when I work urban traffic on a daily basis.
    I now only use the front bike rack and panniers for carrying lightweight items, like my tire repair kit, foul weather gear when its not being used, tie down straps, etc, that way I can free up my rear basket and panniers for any heavier cargo carrying needs that I might have.

  19. #19
    Clyde that Rides Aeneas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    My Bikes
    2008 Jamis Aurora,1988 Specialized Hardrock, 1980? Kuwahara Carrera
    Posts
    311
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have found that on my commute/ utility bike (1988 Specialized Hardrock commuterized), I like to have the easy access of a basket on the front. I have ******** racks front and rear. The rear only is used to for grocery panniers (not really an approved use) but the front has a large Wald basket zip-tied to the top. It does affect steering and makes the front wheel floppy but I'm not zipping thru urban traffic either, and the easy access of the front basket outweighs the issues for me, at the moment. It also makes it easy to zip around campus when needed without bringing along my bag or panniers to carry stuff. Finally the big front basket makes the bike easily identifiable and sorta crappy looking which (I believe) cuts back on the risk of theft.

  20. #20
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    35,734
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Brompton, Big front 'touring' bag, though an open top basket that folds flat off the bike when empty is available.
    Most of the year and for more volume, the waterproof panniers are best.

  21. #21
    Kid A TurbineBlade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Alexandria, VA
    Posts
    1,778
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, a Wald 198gb or whatever it's called -- a cheap and great basket.

    For headlights I had to go with the minoura mount (front fork) because my headlights needed a new place.
    Cyclist, angler and aquarist

  22. #22
    vol
    vol is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,351
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TurbineBlade View Post
    Yeah, a Wald 198gb or whatever it's called -- a cheap and great basket.
    My neighbor has exactly the same. The LBS charged him $35 for item and installation. Does that count as cheap?

  23. #23
    tsl
    tsl is offline
    Plays in traffic tsl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    '96 Litespeed Classic, '06 Trek Portland, '13 Ribble Winter/Audax
    Posts
    6,257
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    what if someone took your stuffs (of course doesn't matter if it's just an onion ).
    Where is it that you live, where starving thieves dash wantonly into the street, snatching onions from passing bicyclists?
    Last edited by tsl; 08-22-10 at 01:12 PM.
    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

  24. #24
    Senior Member fredgarvin7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    371
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    Where is it that you live, where starving thieves dash wantonly into the street, snatching onions from passing bicyclists?

    Now damnit! I NEEDED that onion for my Waldorff salad and my family, who resemble a nomadic tribe of starving Visigoths, couldn't wait while I went to the store!

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

  25. #25
    Senior Member bhop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Via Nirone 7, Jamis Sputnik
    Posts
    1,880
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    What about picking up some grocery on your way home?
    I wear a messenger bag. I'm actually going to pick up a small tent after work today for a camping trip this weekend. Should fit in there ok I think.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •