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Old 10-26-09, 07:30 PM
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Baskets-Folding or Not?

Decided that I need to stop wasting my time doing product research (aka drooling) of panniers, trunks, and whatnot.

Just wanting to know what the prevailing BF opinion was on the subject.
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Old 10-26-09, 07:48 PM
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I like my folding baskets. Quiet, more aero than panniers. Stay on the bike.
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Old 10-26-09, 08:25 PM
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I love my folding baskets!! LOVE THEM! I do have a pair of grocery getter big panniers which I just hang over the folding baskets when it's raining or when I need something bigger.
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I swapped my folding baskets for a plain old Wald basket. I zip tied it to the top of my rear rack. My folding baskets rattled to much when folded up. I couldn't take it anymore.
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I love my Wald folding basket. I mounted it on the drive side of my bike and I leave the other side for my pannier. It's great for all kinds of things: it fits a grocery bag perfectly (one of those eco-friendly fabric ones.) I put my lunch bag in it when my pannier is full of books (and I bungee it in there - having to backtrack to find it after hitting a speedbump was an experience that I only want to have once.) It's great for unexpected opportunities (like last Sunday night when my friend asked me if I wanted her niece's gently used helmets and they both fit in the basket.) Most of all I like it because it folds up out of the way. Mine doesn't seem to rattle at all but I also secured it with numerous extra zip ties to my stays.
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I have fixed rear baskets on my Varsity. I wish I had folders. I park my bike in a narrow closet at work, and those baskets are very unwieldy. I also seem to bang them on doors when going through.
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I like my wald folding....I havn't had rattle problems when folded, I did add some extra zip ties in attaching to the rack.
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I love my Wald folders. Always there when I need them and out of the way when I don't. Exceptionally well made product given the cost. I attached them with pipe clamps so I have no rattling problems.
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I've got a folding cloth grocery pannier... it's got semi-rigid sides and bottom that fold out and snap into place. When it's closed up, I can cram my bike lock down the top - easier than dealing with the lock mount. When it's open, it can swallow a full brown paper grocery bag with a lot of room to spare. Last weekend I carried home two 2-liter bottles of soda and a twelve-pack of Sam Adams without needing to bungie anything down.

It goes on and off the bike very easily, too easily, so I modified it with a small brass padlock to keep it on the bike when left unattended.

On the other hand, I saw a guy on a Rivendell this summer who had a briefcase pannier I didn't recognize on one side, and a folded wald basket on the other, and it looked very elegant. Really fit in well with the vibe of the bike and the guy. (Who the hell commutes in a sport jacket and looks good doing it? I mean seriously.)
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I like my panniers. They come off when I don't need them. Why drag around the weight of folding baskets?
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I find that the folding baskets won't open nicely after they have been banged around a bit and bent or dented.
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I have one folding basket. That way I can still put a pannier on the other side. If my pannier gets full I have backup. If it doesn't I don't have to lug around two panniers Also useful for things that should sit flat, like a potted plant, or a cake
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My first bike as an adult had fixed baskets on the back. If I was going to do baskets again I would go with folding ones in the rear and the huge Wald delivery one in/on the front.
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Wald folders -- nice!

I started with a fixed set but sold those because grocery bags didn't fit in them very well.

The folders are the right size and fold out of the way. Mine don't rattle at all.

They are not designed for super-heavy cargo, but normal stuff they handle fine.
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