I was a little skeptical when Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycles started talking up Wald wire bike baskets. They are super inexpensive, like $20, and looked pretty basic.
Then I started thinking about better ways to carry my suit jacket for my short trips from my home office to work appointments. In my job as a journalist I make regular trips to the Capitol and downtown from our home in southwest Washington. The fastest way, by far, is to ride. I get most anywhere in 15 minutes or less and I enjoy some fresh air in the process.
In really warm weather I was rolling my jacket carefully and carrying it on my back in one of those nylon backpack-sacks with the cords. That wasn’t the best solution.
Then, I heard Grant on a radio show talking about his book Just Ride. He said one way to ride in a suit was to fold up the jacket and put it into a front basket.
Voila! Now it made sense. I ordered a Wald 137 from my bike shop and installed it on my old Cannondale tourer that I use around town. It fit perfectly between the brake levers.
Installation couldn’t have been easier. The legs bolted to the front fork eyelets and the clamps fit over the handlbars. I bought a Topeak net to keep things from flying out. Total cost? About $30 for both.
Today I stopped by the store and picked up a few things that fit well into the basket without overloading the bike. I felt like I was in Paris riding home with my groceries from the market.
A cyclist looking to add carrying capacity without a lot of fuss will be glad to see one of these under the tree. It’s solid, inexpensive, and humbly stylish.
Tomorrow: the annual Randonneurmas chapeau post.
10 thoughts on “Randonneurmas Day Three: Wald Baskets”
That’s funny I just put a Wald 137 on my bike just a couple weeks ago. Had to fit it with different struts to make the basket level, but yeah, it’s great!
I noticed you have a cable tie securing the brake housing at the center of the top tube. I suppose the cable guide pulled out like the ones on my Cannondale touring bike have. Did you use a disc brake cable guide as a replacement?
you are right. Actually two have come loose. The white zip tie is holding an original in place for now. The second one is a disk housing guide also held with a black zip tie. Handy little things, huh?
Thanks, Ed. Many years ago a local bike shop was able to replace the guides on Cannondale frames. I’m not sure the bike shop can still do this, so it’s nice that I now have an alternative fix.
Oooh, this is going on my list!
I’m a huge fan of Wald baskets. I have one mounted on my Nitto front rack and and it’s a perfect combo. I’ve showed it off to some people I know from the Japanese bike world, and they said it was the best finish quality of any basket on the market.
Thanks for the comment, Evan. I haven’t tried the zip tie method yet.
Realize this is an old post, but I too came up with this solution, I’m curious what width your bars are. Mine are 42cm FSA Wing (most comfortable ever), and I’m not sure I could fit the basket and still shift my SRAM Apex shifters. Any ideas on clearance?
Those on my bike are 44cm Ritchey bars, for comparison.
Nice build. Do you think it would fit with integrated shifters?