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Wicker basket on a utility bike too girly for a guy?

Old 08-10-10, 05:23 PM
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Wicker basket on a utility bike too girly for a guy?

I am a guy and I want to have that vintage bike look by adding on a front wicker basket. I was wondering if this is a little too girly? I personally don't have a problem with it and I think it looks great but I don't want to be the oblivious guy riding through the neighborhood with people laughing at me.
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Old 08-10-10, 05:40 PM
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just do it, but mount barbed wire along the top to show you're tough
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Old 08-10-10, 05:45 PM
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If you carry a brown bag or a fishing pole you can go anywhere on a bike and be machismo.
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spray paint it flat black....and fly a pirate flag.
But really, who cares what they think.
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Old 08-10-10, 06:00 PM
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I've done that regularly...except I ride a woman's frame to boot. Life is too short to worry about what people (men) like that think.
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Old 08-10-10, 06:02 PM
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When did "Wicker Baskets" become "Girly"? Come on people this isn't grade school...
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Old 08-10-10, 08:16 PM
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Just tell them you wove it out of the skin of the last person who made fun of you.

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Old 08-10-10, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Just tell them you wove it out of the skin of the last person who made fun of you.

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Old 08-10-10, 08:36 PM
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Funny you should post the question. I just got done installing a Nashbar Toto basket on my nieces Dunelt 3spd. When I finished I took it for a spin and thought, I'm gettin one of these (Toto basket that is). Go for it! Check out the recent 1911 youtube post, men with wicker all over it.
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Old 08-10-10, 08:49 PM
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I was informed by the staff at my barber that the wicker basket was a bit effeminate; of course the fact that it was on my step-through Peugeot folder that's about a million sizes too small for
me might have had something to do with it. I installed it on my gf's bike and am looking for a replacement, preferably in chromed steel.
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Old 08-10-10, 08:58 PM
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2 girly.
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I wrestled with the same question and ended up with a steel basket on my Hybrid. I think Dorthy and Toto was the turning point in making it feminine.
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Old 08-10-10, 09:24 PM
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Wald baskets look vintage, and they are cheaper than wicker, mostly.
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Maybe the techno weenies, racer boys or fixed gear hipsters would ignorantly mistake it as girly. I think most C&V guys would care less what other people think and just see a man comfortable in his manhood! I say sport the basket. I proudy ride a "ladies" 1960 Hercules with a big smile on my face and what someone else thinks about how I look never even enters my mind.

Now I want a basket for my bike to!!!!
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1. Go to internet.

2. Find and print out large size photo of Chuck Norris' face. Laminate. Attach to front of wicker basket.

3. ********************

4. Profit!
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Old 08-10-10, 09:44 PM
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I'm not gettin' the girly thing. In the 80's I spent some time in Ireland and wicker baskets were on almost every townie I saw. I even saw a few older gents on loop frames, easier to mount when your 70 & 80 and still riding. Man up already.
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Old 08-10-10, 10:25 PM
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I personally only ride C&V bikes that allow me to channel Gianni Motta or Eddie Merckx as I roll down the road and believe that you have to suffer to be beautiful but to each his own. I wouldn't be caught dead with a wicker basket (ok, just kidding, really I would put a basket on my Panasonic that I commute with and use that whenever I need to carry something). Not everybody agrees with me though.
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See, I have the opposite problem. I took my wicker basket off, and now everyone thinks I'm a guy.

The same people who care about wicker baskets are the same people who think step-thru bikes are only for women. Life's too short. Carry your stuff how you like.
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Old 08-10-10, 10:37 PM
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thrift store ar yard sale basket and some zip ties get you a cheap basket that can function. Make sure it can fit a 6 pack. cheap and functional is masculine. It will get more female attention than male. bow chicka bow wow.
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Just keep it full of beer and ice and I won't care
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Old 08-11-10, 05:54 AM
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If you are riding in spandex, the basket doesn't make a ***** of difference.

Hmm..

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I'm afraid this is one of those matters where the simple act of asking the question changes the answer.

For example: I'm not an alcoholic, am I? The odds are good that if you have reached the point that this question comes up, you already know the answer.

Re. the wicker basket, you could go through life riding a pink bike with spoke beads and a wicker basket and be as manly as you like. But when you start questioning your manliness....
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Spoke Beads...do they come in black?

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Old 08-11-10, 02:52 PM
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When I suggested a wicker basket for my wife's bike she said it was too girly.
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I think that the short answer is that men don't use wicker baskets, we use plastic milk crates.
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