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Old 05-25-24, 11:59 AM
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Wald front basket location

This is a cross post. What ways could I install the Wald basket lower on the head tube? This is to improve stability since the weight of packages is an issue. Thanks

Front Wald basket installation on my Minivelo
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Forget attaching the basket to the handle bar. Instead lower the basket to just above the front wheel, and then attach the rear of the basket to the front fork crown bolt hole, using p-clamps and this type of struts:
https://www.somafabshop.com/shop/gam...y=944#attr=856
https://velo-orange.com/collections/...cts/rack-strut
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Since you have loads of spacers between your headset and stem, you could replace some of the bottom ones with another stem, with a short (cut down) flat bar, and mount the basket to that. Sounds goofy but I’ve done it before. This would be much more stable than a thin bracket and p-clamps mounted to the fork crown.
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Years ago many bicycles came with a headset mounted front reflector bracket. Some of these were very substantial, and odds are an old school bike shop has a bunch in a box somewhere. Otherwise, a steel cable hanger would save the same purpose.

So, IF your headset has room to add a bracket in lieu of a spacer, you have the potential to build a support s follows, though it will take some improvisation.

Install a headset bracket, then using the fork's brake hole, you can improvise a support spanning both. You now have a solid brace at the right height, that will turn with the wheel. Bolt a crossbeam to the headset/fork brace for stability, and attach the upper basket frame to that. Buy, modify, or make struts to support the basket down to the axle. You now have top and bottom support, and are 90% of the way home. The rest is small details like exactly how to attach the basket to your improvised support structure.

With a bit of skill and creativity, and without spending much, you'll end up with a better mounting system than the original, and at your preferred height.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I went through my parts bin with your ideas in mind. I found some parts that I could use and this is what I came up with. I’ll give this a try and see how in goes. Already the bicycle feels more stable.This is my everyday commuter bike.




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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Years ago many bicycles came with a headset mounted front reflector bracket. Some of these were very substantial, and odds are an old school bike shop has a bunch in a box somewhere. Otherwise, a steel cable hanger would save the same purpose.

So, IF your headset has room to add a bracket in lieu of a spacer, you have the potential to build a support s follows, though it will take some improvisation.

Install a headset bracket, then using the fork's brake hole, you can improvise a support spanning both. You now have a solid brace at the right height, that will turn with the wheel. Bolt a crossbeam to the headset/fork brace for stability, and attach the upper basket frame to that. Buy, modify, or make struts to support the basket down to the axle. You now have top and bottom support, and are 90% of the way home. The rest is small details like exactly how to attach the basket to your improvised support structure.

With a bit of skill and creativity, and without spending much, you'll end up with a better mounting system than the original, and at your preferred height.
Headset reflector bracket repurposed as basket mount. I can probably get a better picture later. Note the OP will need a 1 1/8” bracket to make this work.

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To the OP

Hice job, You obviously have the creativity and skill called for, and probably don't really need help.

However, I wonder if you'll be pleased with it's rigidity. If not, I suggest you fix your supporting frame to the steerer. You have plenty of height to work with, so removing and replacing some spacers will get you there. If you know folks at a bike shop or co- op, ask them to keep their eyes open for a broken adjustable stem. Then use the steerer clamp section as a mounting point, improvising the rest.
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Here is the update. Thanks again for your comments. It looks better but still not the best. It is functional for now until I find something better.




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Nicely done! Nothing as satisfying as a custom fitted Wald basket.
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If it were my bike, I'd route the brake cables into the middle behind the basket with a tie-rap or two.
Get them out of the way.
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