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Originally Posted by ganchan
Hmm, it looks like my particular bike might not take a bolt-mounted front basket after all; the only set of eyelets it has down there are for the front fender. So I guess it makes sense to get a front rack that attaches to the brake bosses instead. This would allow me the same versatility as a rear rack as far as strapping a variety of baskets, panniers, pizza boxes,
etc. onto it.... Anybody going that route?
The arms mount on the axle for the average front basket (i.e. Wald or similar). There are removable baskets that attach to a bracket mounted to the stem or handlebars (I don't pay attention to that, I have 'old fashioned cruisers'). If you have a quick release axle with the lever then you would have to find different arms that mount as you mentioned, your LBS will know.
Drilling your own holes is not something you should do without experience.
Wicker baskets are for LOOKS. They are practically useless otherwise and you don't want them...trust me.
Looking at your picture I can see the Wald 139 should be fine and it the arms are too short they can be had in many lengths, see the LBS, they are replaceable and can be ordered. You can also get longer mounts to put the basket out ahead further as well. If the bottom is in the way of brake hardware or fenders then either longer arms/mounts are needed or you need to chose a different size or style of basket.
Don't leave out the option of dual rear mounted 'paperboy' baskets OR bags as they carry their load over the drive wheel and don't unduly influence the steering. You have a lower stepover height that makes it easier to get on and I just tilt the bike inward and down lower, plant my foot out slightly and get it over. If that is still a problem I would recommend using the curb and place the bike lower in the gutter or using the parking space barrier in the parking space. Having a low stepover isn't really the advantage it seems to be if you need a taller seating position for a nominal stroke while pedaling but I sometimes nearly lay it down while stepping over anyway. My bikes are pack mules as well so I adapt.
Don't let some well-meaning person write an uplifting story in your obituary. YOU ARE DEAD.
Last edited by Rollfast; 11-03-14 at 06:45 PM.