I use two Wald folders in the back. I doubt they would fit three gallon jugs in each--not long enough, sizes are listed on the site. Wald now includes larger clamps in their hardware kit to accommodate the larger rails that come on some racks. I use them and haven't had any trouble yet. I just zip tie them to the vertical rack support to hold the bottoms. Easy and it works. I just use a bungee on each side to keep the empty baskets closed tightly=rattle free.
Mine have to be quite far back to prevent heel strike so they are mostly behind the axle. I added a front basket to throw a counterweight in. A two liter usually does the trick. I don't like too much weight in the front, but I can get as much in the back as I want to pedal so it's not a concern so long as it holds the front end down. The front basket is as low as it hangs with factory hardware. I could be lowered with the handlebars, but comfortable bar placement comes first.
The book bag is for bananas, eggs and bread. It's by far the easiest quick method to transport them damage free that I have found. It only comes along when those items are needed.
My son carried his heavy school bag in a Wald front basket for three years. He was rough on it. One of the struts broke and the various nuts came loose. Replaced strut (cheap), locktited nuts (cheap), and the bike and basket are faithfully carrying school books for another kid now. I respect the product. He has a Wald 582 pannier basket on his current bike.
I got into cycling when I was a teenager in the mid 70's. Then, and a few years after, no self-respecting bike lover would use Wald products. I'm glad I and the rest of "bike culture" have relented, as they are good products. You may or may not like the styling, but the stuff works and is priced well.
And......is USA made!!!!!
Most of it... :notamused:
Originally Posted by gregjones
I use the Wald folding baskets on the rear of my frankenbike. I can get usually get 2-3 of those plastic grocery bags in there, if necessary with one bag extending out the top and a bungie strapped across from one basket to the other. I also zip-tied an old wire letter basket to the top of my front rack, which is good for another bag if I need it, again with a bungie. The folding baskets are also good as a wider platform than just the rack if I need to carry something large.