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Old 05-18-14, 08:07 AM   #1
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Folding baskets on front rack; or panniers with folding baskets on back?

I'm trying to figure out a situation here; I know I want a basket on my bike but I also have panniers I love for when the hauling gets tough. I figure that if I mounted folders to a rear rack (tubus cargo) i couldn't use my ortliebs on there too, or is there enough clearance? If not, should I get a small front rack (eg a Soma mini alloy) and put one folder on there? Any thoughts on steps would be appreciated!
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if you already have ortliebs
i cant see [wald] folding baskets as anything but a downgrade
they're heavier, and not removable

for what possible reason could you want one if you already have better?

i'd get a front rack, and some more ortliebs [front rollers] to put on it
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Old 05-18-14, 11:22 PM   #3
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if you already have ortliebs
i cant see [wald] folding baskets as anything but a downgrade
they're heavier, and not removable

for what possible reason could you want one if you already have better?

i'd get a front rack, and some more ortliebs [front rollers] to put on it
I imagine the poster may have situations for which he/she would prefer to have a basket that is not detachable due to theft considerations. If I'm biking to a movie theater, and there's a possibility I could stop at a store afterwards, I don't want to be bringing an ortlieb bag inside with me.

More to the poster's question: I highly doubt you'll have enough clearance to attach an ortlieb pannier over a folding basket. Panniers are meant to be set flush up against the rack. Folding baskets have a fair amount of width to them when folded (maybe an inch). If you really like the concept of folders, you could get a front rack and front orlieb panniers, but that requires dishing out a good amount of dough, and you'd no longer be using your rear ortliebs.

I'd recommend just getting a front basket.
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Old 05-19-14, 06:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys/gals. I love my ortlieb - but living in a big city, there are plenty of times where I want to transport something one way, and not have the bag with me. Examples: bringing booze to a party; picking up something you buy randomly when you're on the way home; helping a friend carry something and then not wanting to have your bag; etc etc.
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