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Old 04-27-21, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by MAGAIVER
That's a Stock Kona basket, came with the bike.
You recommend it? I got an aluminum in the rear to save on weight.
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Old 04-28-21, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
What drove the choice behind/how is the front basket?
i have things, so i needed a basket to carry them lol. front rack/basket is the place to start for carrying stuff - keeps your bag where you can see it, no "tail wagging the dog" effect from weight over the rear, and way less chance of stuff bouncing out.

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ANd is that a length of bike chain securing your brooks? How is it fixed to the seat and frame?
i just put it through the saddle rail and seatstay.

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Old 04-28-21, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by basketbro
i have things, so i needed a basket to carry them lol. front rack/basket is the place to start for carrying stuff - keeps your bag where you can see it, no "tail wagging the dog" effect from weight over the rear, and way less chance of stuff bouncing out.
You can buckle or bungee things in the rear basket, which also prevents wagging. I think a front basket is for load beyond what you can carry in the rear. It blocks your view of the road. Would you recommend the model you have?
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Old 04-28-21, 08:01 AM
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having any weight on the rear causes wagging, doesn't have much to do with how secured into a basket that weight might be. too many people make the mistake of assuming carrying stuff must start on the rear of the bike. terribly imbalanced way to ride. my basket does not block my view of the road, as i am not staring down at my tire...are you? and no, i exclusively use things i wouldn't ever recommend.
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Old 04-28-21, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by basketbro
i just put it through the saddle rail and seatstay.
Oh is it a short loop, closed with a chain tool? That makes sense. In the pic it looks like just a length of chain magically attached. Cool, very bike-y solution to a very bike-y problem!
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Old 04-28-21, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by basketbro
having any weight on the rear causes wagging, doesn't have much to do with how secured into a basket that weight might be. too many people make the mistake of assuming carrying stuff must start on the rear of the bike. terribly imbalanced way to ride. my basket does not block my view of the road, as i am not staring down at my tire...are you? and no, i exclusively use things i wouldn't ever recommend.
Better phrasing - is it worth the cost? Does it work for every case of lugging stuff you've had, or just most?
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Old 04-29-21, 08:45 AM
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This is my bike. The first time I've used a front rack and I actually prefer it. I can strap anything to it.


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Old 04-29-21, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Cyclist
This is my bike. The first time I've used a front rack and I actually prefer it. I can strap anything to it.


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Why do you prefer a front rack?
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Old 04-30-21, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
Why do you prefer a front rack?
Anything is within easy reach, I can put a basket, bag or crate on it and I find the balance better than dragging it all behind me.
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Old 05-01-21, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
Why do you prefer a front rack?
I may be mistaken, but I think the the front wheel is supposed to be stronger than the back. Happy to be corrected. I am also a fan of front racks, for the same reason as Aussie_Cyclist. (Also a fan of belt-drives. )
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Old 05-01-21, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Cyclist
Anything is within easy reach, I can put a basket, bag or crate on it and I find the balance better than dragging it all behind me.
How many picky bars are you carrying?
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I may be mistaken, but I think the the front wheel is supposed to be stronger than the back. Happy to be corrected. I am also a fan of front racks, for the same reason as Aussie_Cyclist. (Also a fan of belt-drives. )
I didn't even think about a front rack. The basket I liked is too large for a front rack.
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Old 05-02-21, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung

Here's my ride. Equally good for groceries or work laptop in backpack.

Just upgraded my seatpost bag and added a top tube bag. All I'm missing is a flood light, which I probably won't need while it's summer.
Edit: Also going to get some bottle holders.

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Old 05-02-21, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
Just upgraded my seatpost bag and added a top tube bag. All I'm missing is a flood light, which I probably won't need while it's summer.
Pretty nice lookin. I'm starting realize I want my next pair of tires to be gumwalls
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Old 05-02-21, 05:10 PM
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Pretty nice lookin. I'm starting realize I want my next pair of tires to be gumwalls
They came with the bike and I set it up to be tubeless.
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Old 05-02-21, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
They came with the bike and I set it up to be tubeless.

What size are the tires?
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Old 05-03-21, 09:42 AM
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What size are the tires?
https://www.prioritybicycles.com/pro...riority-apollo
It’s simple, the 700c X 40mm

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Old 07-07-21, 01:56 AM
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A couple weeks back I stopped using the BG as my commuter and built this..

I like everything about it but the barcon's (probably because of the handlebars) so later this week it'll get a Rival 1 group
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris

A couple weeks back I stopped using the BG as my commuter and built this..

I like everything about it but the barcon's (probably because of the handlebars) so later this week it'll get a Rival 1 group
do you recommend panniers over a basket? I don't like how my basket raises my center of gravity.
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Old 07-07-21, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
do you recommend panniers over a basket? I don't like how my basket raises my center of gravity.
I like baskets but I find grocery shopping and the like easier with panniers than with a basket
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Old 07-07-21, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
do you recommend panniers over a basket? I don't like how my basket raises my center of gravity.
Wald folding baskets for the win. Low like panniers, but you can just throw a backpack or your bags of groceries in, put a bungee cargo net on top and be off in seconds.
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Old 07-07-21, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris

A couple weeks back I stopped using the BG as my commuter and built this..

I like everything about it but the barcon's (probably because of the handlebars) so later this week it'll get a Rival 1 group
What do you need 4 panniers and a handlebar bag for?
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
I like baskets but I find grocery shopping and the like easier with panniers than with a basket
My original optimization case was commuting, for which a basket is easiest. Just throw your backpack in the basket! The Basil Cento Aluminum is lightweight and far more durable than a mesh basket.
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Old 07-08-21, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by seibaatgung
What do you need 4 panniers and a handlebar bag for?
In the handlebar bag I put repair stuff and all the small things I need to carry

LR had my softball stuff, RR had work stuff in it, the fronts were for grocery's. I don't need/use 4 all the time but yesterday was going to be long and busy.
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Old 07-13-21, 08:06 AM
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So I finished the Rival 1 and Paul brake upgrade I like it much better now
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My commuter is more of a relic than most of the others posted here.(1994 GT Pantera)

Still, it serves me well!
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