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    Can I put a wire basket on a Townie with gears?

    Or will the gear wires (or whatever they're called) get in the way? I really want a metal wire basket! I already got streamers and a bell, lol.

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    In general, yes. Post a pic of your bike for a more definitive answer.

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    Find a shop that sells them, take your bike in, and see. That'd be the simplest way.
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    It would be easier to order it online. I'll post a photo tomorrow. Thanks!

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    I've done that with success. Just don't bind the cable, meaning no sharp bends. Test your brakes before riding, then test the gears before getting too far away from home. Don't get a cheap basket that is intended for a beach cruiser. Find one that has a separate clamp that sets the basket a bit forward of the handlebars.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    You can put anything on anything if you're willing to work it out. At worst, I'd think you might have to reroute the shifter cables (the "gear wires"), perhaps replacing them with slightly longer ones to go around the basket. That's a pretty simple job (I do it on my bikes every other year or so as a part of maintenance anyway). Cables and housing are available at every bike shop.
    As an alternative, you could mount a rear rack, then attach (with zip ties?) a basket to that. That's what I did with my old mountain bike when I turned it into a commuter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    I've done that with success. Just don't bind the cable, meaning no sharp bends. Test your brakes before riding, then test the gears before getting too far away from home. Don't get a cheap basket that is intended for a beach cruiser. Find one that has a separate clamp that sets the basket a bit forward of the handlebars.
    Wald is a "cheap basket for a beach cruiser"? I'd personally love to have a 157 on the front of my beach cruiser, and a 535 in the back.
    "Whenever I see an adult riding a bicycle, I know there is hope for mankind." (H. G. Wells)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapulous View Post
    Or will the gear wires (or whatever they're called) get in the way? I really want a metal wire basket! I already got streamers and a bell, lol.
    We do it quite often at the shop I work at.
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    Thanks guys. I'll take it to the shop where I bought it and see what they can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclridr4life View Post
    Wald is a "cheap basket for a beach cruiser"? I'd personally love to have a 157 on the front of my beach cruiser, and a 535 in the back.
    There is cheaper crap then Wald.
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