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Old 12-25-12, 08:16 AM   #26
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I use the Wald 139 on my beer bike, it is the perfect size to set two 12 packs of bottled beer in, then cover with a cargo net. I had a Wald 157 on my Schwinn Super Duty to deliver newspapers with back in the early 70's. It was a beast and will hold A LOT.

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Old 12-25-12, 02:24 PM   #27
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The Wald basket will haul stuff, the VO rack will impress people looking at it .
so get Bling Points.

CETMA just moved out of Eugene.. He made a Porteur rack..

Winter cycles in Springfield can build you a very nice Front rack
and even modify your front fork to solidly mount it.

Maybe Jan At CAT will; organize a class on how to make your own , There.

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Old 12-26-12, 01:27 PM   #28
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I'll be purchasing one of these beauties as soon as funds allow: Pass & Stow racks. Handmade in the U.S.
http://www.passstow.com/

be prepared for sticker shock if you follow the link
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Old 12-26-12, 06:34 PM   #29
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I have a Wald 135BL (black) 14.5"x9.5"x9" in this pic of my Schwinn Speedster 3spd.





Same bike with Schwinn front rack.


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I put one of the big Wald baskets on the front of my Worksman. It is big, heavy, does affect handling, but doesn't make the bike unrideable. Check how it goes on and make sure that's compatibile with your axle and handlebars (made to fit old-time cruisers).

Two minor issues with big front baskets in general: If you get the front loaded too much and lift the handlebars to get the bike over a curb, it'll be the rear wheel that lifts, not the front. And if you have lights on your handlebars and stack stuff in the basket, it'll block your lights.
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I put one of the big Wald baskets on the front of my Worksman. It is big, heavy, does affect handling, but doesn't make the bike unrideable. Check how it goes on and make sure that's compatibile with your axle and handlebars (made to fit old-time cruisers).

Two minor issues with big front baskets in general: If you get the front loaded too much and lift the handlebars to get the bike over a curb, it'll be the rear wheel that lifts, not the front. And if you have lights on your handlebars and stack stuff in the basket, it'll block your lights.
Which is one of the reasons why I haven't gotten around to buying a basket yet. However, I have been kicking around some solutions and I think that I might be able to just lay my light in the bottom of the basket with the lens poking out the front. I use a 1x18650 powered flashlight and the biggest issue in my head now is how to prevent the light from sliding forward (I'll be using velcro tie wraps, but still...)
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Old 12-28-12, 02:24 AM   #32
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Two minor issues with big front baskets in general...if you have lights on your handlebars and stack stuff in the basket, it'll block your lights.
Wald does make a "flashlight" mount which technically is for the handlebars, but can also be mounted to the side of a basket. Not the best setup, as you can't angle the light like you would on the handlebars.
http://waldsports.com/index.cfm/flashlightholder.html

I think the best way to get around this is by mounting the light beneath the basket. You can get a fancy low mount for a light like this:
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=28451

Or, if you have a setup like mine with the basket mounted atop a rack, you can do something like this:


The light itself mounts onto a 3/4" diameter PVC pipe endcap. This cap had a hole drilled into it, through this hole a bolt mounted to a 4" steel "L" bracket (the type sold for shelves.) The other half of the "L" attaches to the underside of the front rack via bolt and judicious zip-tying (for now.) The cost for this hack? About three bucks. Parts found in a typical hardware store.
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I've seen dynohub systems that appear to have special mounts for putting lights on the front of wire racks. One of the reasons I want to get a basket/rack before I get a dyno hub/lights, so that hopefully whoever installs it can get the right lights to mount to the front of the basket.
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I put one of the big Wald baskets on the front of my Worksman. It is big, heavy, does affect handling, but doesn't make the bike unrideable. Check how it goes on and make sure that's compatibile with your axle and handlebars (made to fit old-time cruisers).
This is the bike it would go on:

It has nutted axles, and the handlebars are swept back, but not as much as a cruiser's.

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Two minor issues with big front baskets in general: If you get the front loaded too much and lift the handlebars to get the bike over a curb, it'll be the rear wheel that lifts, not the front.
Right now the back end is so heavy it might make it easier to lift despite the extra weight, as the bike would be more balanced.
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I'll be purchasing one of these beauties as soon as funds allow: Pass & Stow racks. Handmade in the U.S.
http://www.passstow.com/

be prepared for sticker shock if you follow the link
I didn't see a frame mount in the pictures, just the axle mounts...nice, but I'll stick with the Soma porteur since it has a fence that is available.
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Paul's Flatbed front rack is mostly aluminum..

http://www.paulcomp.com/flatbed.html


Own one .. nicely made.. no welded joints..

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I love my Wald basket! It is known around here as the "big-ass basket" because it used to me mounted on the back of my bike. But then I got a seat for my daughter so I had to figure out how to mount it to the front. My bars and fork didn't make this easy! I had to drill a couple extra holes to accommodate attaching the support at the front, and I got a couple metal straps from home depot to attach it to the handlebars. I can't put as much weight in it now as when it was attached to the rack on the back, but it's still handy for many things.
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No experience with the VO. I use Wald oversized baskets front and back and they are AMAZING and sturdy and awesome. I can't see replacing them in the forseeable future.

One comment though, and that is that I get a heck of a lot more use and good results out of the REAR baskets than I do from the front.
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