Just a few days ago I picked up a pair of Wald folding baskets and have run into a problem I haven't found addressed on this forum. Twice I've arrived home to find my backpack dangling out of the bottom of a basket, the bottom having detached from its resting spot on the bottom wire of the cage and slipped through. Today, as a (very, apparently) temporary fix I attached a binder clip to secure the bottom panel to the cage only to have my backpack fall completely out of the bottom and into the road for the first time, fortunately in light enough traffic to recover it.
My backpack is a standard size and hasn't been loaded heavily enough to hold the bottom in place over rough terrain. I've been stuffing it into one basket then wrapping a bungee net tight over the top, securing it to the bottom of the baskets on either side.
Does anybody have a simple solution to this? Naturally, I appreciate that the baskets fold so I don't want to permanently ziptie them open. I could attach a small, keyed luggage lock but don't really care to deal with an extra key. I can come up with several things, but I wondered if anybody had an idea that's convenient and has been working for them.
I also wonder if anybody else has this problem as I'm surprised to not have found it mentioned here.
Other than this, I've liked the baskets. I find that they only rattle a little and it's certainly bearable. I did have the heel space problem and had an awkward ride home after first purchasing and installing them, but immediately repositioned them when I got home and it hasn't been an issue since. I've definitely noticed the difference in weight, but I've been riding for all of a week and a half so I don't really have my bike legs yet and I've probably lost more weight than my bike has gained in that time. The heaviest load I've carried is my light backpack and I've only noticed the slightest drag from the uneven weight occurring very occasionally on slow, sharp turns, and certainly nothing that can't be immediately compensated for.
I appreciate any suggestions.