My grocery-getter these days is a 3-speed Trek Pure, a criuser-like bike. When I'm doing a full shopping, I hook on the trailer, but I'll either grab a backpack or just carry a bag in one hand if I'm just getting milk and bread. It's time for a basket!
My preference would be a wicker basket I can mount on the handlebars, something with a handle that will hold about the amount of groceries you can fit in a supermarket handbasket. Does something like this exist? Would the weight of a couple gallons of milk be held by a handlebar mount, or am I better off going the rack-and-milkcrate route?
I'm not tied to wicker, but I'd rather avoid metal. I tried a Klickfix basket on this bike when it was new, and it rattled all the way down the street. (The mount also felt flimsy, but they've gotten much better; my handlebar bag on my folding bike attaches with a klickfix mount.)
Here's the bike:
IMG_0757.JPG by neilfein, on Flickr