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Old 01-15-05, 06:50 AM   #1
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Picked these up at the LBS for $17 each, found them to be just what I was looking for (something easily rinsed that will carry my stuff). My pannier bags were getting wrecked from the road salt and general grit and crap that comes with winter commuting around here. These baskets fold flat when they don't have stuff in them and so far seem to work pretty well. One minor problem, lost the load when I hit a good frost heave at speed, the bike went up, the basket bottom lifted as the basket sides bulged due to a bungie chord I had on them. When the basket bottom came back down, it couldn't latch on the basket side so my bag landed on the road. I'm working on coming up with a more secure fastener.
I also discovered a small problem with the Planet Bike rear blinkie - The switch is on the bottom of the light housing, sometimes it will turn itself off when you go over a bump (the switch hits the reflector located directly under it on this classic 1985 ish Norco BushPilot)
The green garbage bag covering my sports bag in the basket adds to that dork/bagman "I have nothing to lose so stay away from me!" mystique that all bike commuters are seeking.

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Old 01-15-05, 07:26 AM   #2
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I like how they fold back! Could you ziptie to the frame?
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Old 01-15-05, 07:36 AM   #3
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I have the racks solidly mounted to the rack with p-clamps and a hose clamp. I don't think I'll need to take them off the bike, just fold them when not in use. The basket bottom hooks onto the side of the basket, shouldn't ever come off with a load on, just when you hit a certain bump and get some lift. If I zip tie it on, it won't fold back up when I'm travelling empty. I'm thinking some sort of wingnut fastener.
I'm surprised how quiet the racks are, I thought they would make a lot of rattling noises, but they don't!
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Those look like the baskets I had on my bike for about 6 months or so. They are nice, but heavy. Also, be careful about the paint wearing off, my basket developed lots of rust at the joints and around the clamp that holds the basket together when they are folded in.

I took mine off about a month ago and started using an Arkel Bug instead. However, those baskets are great for grocery shopping.

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I have one of those baskets, too. It really is convenient how they fold out of the way when not needed. One one side of my rack I have the folding basket. I use the other side for attaching my Inertia Designs bicycle briefcase. The basket is especially useful on those days when I stop by the grocery on my way home from work.
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Do you think they could be used for touring?

It looks like a nice idea. the trash bags also really give it "the look."
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I have the same set-up on my commuter/errand bike. When I'm not using both baskets I run a bungee cord from the rack hooks like I'm tying down something on the top of the rack. When I use one basket, I run the bungee down the inside of the basket I'm using, over the top of the rack, and down the other side to hold the folded basket. I also have two 6 inch bungees to hold my bags in the racks.
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I use a Topeak rear rack-top basket.

http://sportsbay.com/rearbasket.html
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Do you think they could be used for touring?
I suppose you could, but pannier bags would be preferable for touring because panniers give you different places to put stuff you might need. The basket/bag combo only gives you one place to put things, so you know where it is, it's just a pain to find.
I use the rack bag for stuff I might need to get at (warmer mitts, helmet cover, bike lock, repair stuff) on the way, the baskets just have stuff I need when I get there. (clothes, laptop, gymbag, whatever)
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I have those same racks. I used the p clamps to install them along with a bunch of black uv resistant zip ties. I don't use them everyday, but when I need them they are great. I will have to agree about the weight. They seem to weight several pounds each. I do keep a wire tie on the bottom of the baskets when they are closed. I found by squeazing them together and putting on the tie, the rattles are reduced a lot when they are closed.
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