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    QR Basket for Front Rack

    I asked this over on the Utility forum, but didn't get any responses, so thought I'd try here:

    I'm pretty sure this is a dumb question, but neither a Google nor a forum search yielded a clear answer, so I'm asking here. Can I put a quick release basket made for a rear rack on a front rack?

    I'm thinking of something like this Kettler basket: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BTEODY/...=I9P84X7524MNZ.

    And maybe a front rack like this Minoura Gamoh porteur: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FHV0VHY/...I1OBFZIKBF3E56.

    Here's the backstory in case it helps: After riding home from the grocery store with a heavy load on back left me feeling not quite in control of my bike, I decided I'd like to put a rack on the front of my bike to better balance the load. What I'd like to do is add a rack and use it with a quick release basket so that I don't have to keep the basket on all the time. I don't want a basket that attaches to my handlebars because I want the basket down a little lower than that. I'm looking at baskets designed for the rear because I can't seem to find a QR front basket that doesn't attach to the handlebars.

    I should also add that I'm probably not going to add this to my current bike (a Giant hybrid). I have a new one on the way, so I'll wait to put the rack and basket on the new bike. I should have the new bike, a dutch-style Oma, in about three weeks.

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    I was looking at the Gamoh front rack and went with a Pickup Frame-Mounted front rack. I think they're made by Azor.

    You attach the mount to your downtube. The two arms on the rack slip into the mount while the rack rests against the headtube. The rack slips in and out of the mount in seconds and you can slip a small lock through the end to keep it from walking away. Since it's frame-mounted, the rack doesn't move when you turn the wheel so the load doesn't shift as you steer. I've only ridden twice with it (only had it a week) and nothing heavier than my laptop, Kindle, and lock, but it seems pretty stable and it solves your quick-release problem.

    I got mine at a LBS on Court Street in Brooklyn for significantly less than I'd seen it on the web. I also had a quote to have one sent over from Holland and it was still $20-$40 less than I saw on the web. Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Doofus View Post
    After riding home from the grocery store with a heavy load on back left me feeling not quite in control of my bike, I decided I'd like to put a rack on the front of my bike to better balance the load.
    This is my current battle. I put another Wald folding basket on the back. Now, I can carry enough stuff to make steering very light. The winds make things a bit dicey at times. Some of the heavy liquids need to move to the front.

    I was gonna post something in the Utility forum, since you got no response I think I'll just hang out here and see what our commuter buds come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G1nko View Post
    I was looking at the Gamoh front rack and went with a Pickup Frame-Mounted front rack. I think they're made by Azor.

    You attach the mount to your downtube. The two arms on the rack slip into the mount while the rack rests against the headtube. The rack slips in and out of the mount in seconds and you can slip a small lock through the end to keep it from walking away. Since it's frame-mounted, the rack doesn't move when you turn the wheel so the load doesn't shift as you steer. I've only ridden twice with it (only had it a week) and nothing heavier than my laptop, Kindle, and lock, but it seems pretty stable and it solves your quick-release problem.

    I got mine at a LBS on Court Street in Brooklyn for significantly less than I'd seen it on the web. I also had a quote to have one sent over from Holland and it was still $20-$40 less than I saw on the web. Go figure.
    That's a really interesting option! I could attach a non-QR basket to it because the whole rack comes off. Here's a link with some helpful pictures if others want to see how it works: http://bakfietscargo.blogspot.com/20...-your-oma.html.
    Last edited by Giant Doofus; 02-05-14 at 06:43 PM.

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