Linus or Wald baskets? (Or neither?)
Alright so I'm picking accessories for the Linus Roadster Sport I'm ordering about a month from now. Stock, it has a rear rack that will suit me for most trips (commute 5 days a week!). However, for grocery runs, visiting w/ stuff or just out and out "adventuring" I think I'm going to want more cargo space.
The first no-brainier was the Linus "Lunch Rack".
LINUS LUNCH RACK - Linus Bike
It matches the rear rack the bike comes with well enough. The price tag doesn't appear too bad, either. If there's a better, equally "fitting" option I'm all ears.
LINUS ADJUSTABLE REAR RACK - Linus Bike
My thinking was that I could use a QR basket for larger trips, with the "lunch rack" cutting down on sagging, letting me carry more. When I don't need the basket, I can take it off and make use of the rack. They seem a little small though.
3133 Q-R Basket - Waldsports
Then I saw this:
THE DELANO BASKET - Linus Bike
Well, that's expensive. But big, and deep. I like that. Wald had a similar one here:
THE DELANO BASKET - Linus Bike
But that one has narrower wires, more closely spaced. I'd guess that would even out. Doesn't have a drink holder built in but that's not critical. That would be a real easy thing to rig up anyways.
Downside is if I had it, I'd have to remove it each time I didn't want to use it. I'm wondering if I wouldn't benefit more from large rear baskets such as this one:
582 Rear Folding Basket - Waldsports
A pair look like they could hold a bunch and, ostensibly, give me a "wider" rear rack to pile things on if the stuff in the baskets isn't too tall. However, I've been considering some swanky "classic" looking panniers; I'll make a topic on bags separately though.
The Wald stuff is significantly cheaper, which is attractive. They look less robust, but I don't have hands-on experience. Some of you guys DO, however.
So between the options presented, what are the better choices? Save a buck, or go all the way? I've a feeling that, because Linus isn't exactly a specialist in the "Accessories" category, better deals can be had elsewhere. The where and what, however is the question!
Wald--big, heavy, cheap, and almost indistructable
My dog (20 pounds) used to love riding in his Wald basket, but the driver has to pay attention, strict attention.
With the extra weight on the front wheel obviously handling is sluggish, but once you get rolling it's not so much of a problem. I've done numerous 20 and 30 mile rides without a problem (on a World Sport no less) but I am a defensive driver.
If you opt for the Wald remember it mounts on the axel so it won't work witha QR. I installed a long solid axel with suggicient room to mount the arm and double nut the axel so I could take the basket on/off quickly without disturbing the wheel alignment.
When I got my hybrid, we used a hollow rear axel, nutted it, and cut it so there was enough space so I could mount the arm and use a QR skewer to hold the basket.
The photo was of a fall ride. Little on the chilly side but not that bad. Never took the dog when tempts got below 50.