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Using a large front basket with drop bars

Old 04-20-11, 02:14 PM
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Using a large front basket with drop bars

Hi all! So I'm looking to buy a big basket for commuting and hauling groceries. I really like the Wald 157 "giant delivery basket", but since it's so big and mounts to the handlebars, it doesn't look like it'd work with drop bars.

Does anyone own the Wald 157? Will it work with drop bars? Are there any modifications I can do to get it to work?
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That basket is 21" wide, or 53.3cm which is way wider than any drop bar I know.
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Any medium to large front basket will require different bars to keep the bikes balance and control. The "pendulum effect" can be very hard to control when bent over.
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Good point. At this point I'm thinking about just using my current bike for the commute and getting a used department store beater for hauling. I guess the question now is, what front basket can I use with drop bars? I like the Wald 137 and 139, and they look small and light-duty enough that I could handle them with drop bars, but what do you guys think?
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Ugh, hauling a *mart beater around is already hard enough without adding cargo.

How about, flipping your drop bars, and sawing off the ends to make bullhorns? then you'd be up higher so its easier to balance, and the basket can fit underneath?
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I have a Nitto mini front rack on my bike, which currently has a medium sized Wald basket strapped onto it. Since it doesn't attach to the handlebars at all, it works fine with my drop bars. I'd suggest something like that, if you can find it.
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Does your bike have cantis? Similar to what Footsore Ramble posted above, I have a cheapo canti mount rack that I purchased on ebay for $14. I have the wald basket that you referenced and ziptied it to the rack so there is no need for those handlebar mounts.

Just in case you are curious, I have a surly cross check with salsa bell laps that flare out. It is a 1x9 with a campy ergo right. I had to move the basket slightly to the left so that I can shift gears.


https://cgi.ebay.com/BIKE-PANNIERS-FR...item43a69b7933

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