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Old 06-07-12, 05:48 PM   #1
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Can you recommend a rear rack and folding baskets for this old brown Raleigh?


The bike and fenders are both a dull brown. I don't know whether to go with black or chrome additions... Which one would look better? Or maybe it doesn't even matter (the bike is old and scratched up so appearance is already secondary to function.) Is there a specific brand you can recommend? The rack with never carry more than 20lbs, the baskets will carry grocery bags. Thanks!
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Old 06-07-12, 11:44 PM   #2
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I'd suggest Wald for both. The 582 folding grocery basket attached to the 215 rack. It'll work great, won't cost to much and it's all made in America, to slightly annoy your British bike.

I think chrome is always the way to go personally, but that's preference.
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Thanks for the suggestion--I think I'll try these out! The baskets have great reviews, and the rack has hit or miss reviews on if it will fit on my bike. But it's worth a try. And I like that they're made in America.
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If I may point out a couple of things-

1. All accounts are that the Wald 582 folding baskets are pretty good, but some people have had issues with the OEM hardware that is used to mount the baskets to the rack. The typical solution has been to use zip ties in addition to or in place of the hardware.
2. You might want to measure your chain stays, as not all bikes like having loads hanging off the side of the rack (heel strike). You might have to consider with a basket that is mounted to the top of the rack instead.
3. You don't necessarily have to use a Wald rack...
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Old 06-08-12, 05:22 PM   #5
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If I may point out a couple of things-

1. All accounts are that the Wald 582 folding baskets are pretty good, but some people have had issues with the OEM hardware that is used to mount the baskets to the rack. The typical solution has been to use zip ties in addition to or in place of the hardware.
2. You might want to measure your chain stays, as not all bikes like having loads hanging off the side of the rack (heel strike). You might have to consider with a basket that is mounted to the top of the rack instead.
3. You don't necessarily have to use a Wald rack...
I have the folding baskets, and it's true that the mounting hardware was useless. (Though it might work well enough for a frame like this one.) My solution was to use hose clamps - they're stronger than zip ties and are easily removable if you don't want to ride with the baskets.

Warning: These things are HEAVY. I put them on an early '90s Specialized Hardrock, and between two of these and a rack (not Wald), the bike went up to 41 lbs empty.

As far as heel strike is concerned, you can mount them so they stick out past the back of the rack, so it shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 06-08-12, 06:28 PM   #6
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+1 on the Wald folding baskets. I didn't have any issues with the stock hardware that came with mine 5 years ago.
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+1 on the Wald folding baskets. I didn't have any issues with the stock hardware that came with mine 5 years ago.
I've put a bunch of the baskets on a bunch of bikes. I think once I've had to use a longer screw than what Wald provides. I don't like that they're slotted standard screws, and not metric socket headed cap screws like every other fastener on modern bikes, but they, and the included clamps, work just fine if you're willing to think about it for a few minutes. There are probably some racks they won't work with, but they're also problaby not racks you hsould be hanging baskets on.
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I just wanted to update you all. I got the Wald 215 Rack and 582 folding baskets in black and I love them. These will be perfect for cargo. I couldn't get the rack installed on my own because the bolt that holds on my fenders is slightly larger than the hole on the rack. The guy at the bike shop enlarged the hole, threaded it, and installed the rack for <$8, and it was well worth it. I got the baskets on with no problem by myself, and they don't rattle at all when I'm riding. Thank you for the great suggestions. I went with black to draw less attention to the additions, and I don't regret it--looks nice with the brown.
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Funny looking grocery bag there.
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Funny looking grocery bag there.
Yep, I didn't know she would fit in there, but she does perfectly. Another bonus of these great baskets. They are sturdy and she is safe and comfortable in there for a joyride.
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