Last year I bought a traditional coated steel mesh basket for my rear carrier and it didn't hold up well hauling about 20 lbs. of photo gear. I just picked up another comfort bike with a factory equipped rear rack and didn't want the traditional milk crate for a basket. I was in a fancy wine store and noticed they re purposed their wooden wine cases as gift baskets. I asked if I could buy a empty wine case and they just gave me one. It's a Italian wooden case made from softwoods and is very light. I simply removed the lid and stained it a dark walnut color. Three coats of lacquer and it was ready for service. The case was fastened to the carrier with #9 P clips. I also picked up a cargo net from a wrecking yard..again no charge. I would prefer a case with taller sides but I can't complain when it's free.