Basket bags are not new to bike packing. They are the type of bags we are used to seeing on kid’s bicycles. But recently, they’ve made a comeback amongst bike riders of all ages. As the name suggests, basket bags are baskets that are placed at the front or rear of the basket.
The front baskets are usually smaller in size, and they are mounted to the front fork or handlebar. The rare baskets tend to be deeper, and they can be used to carry larger items.
The pros of having such a bag include:
- Cost-effective – The good thing about bike baskets is that they come in different shapes and sizes. You can also easily find a cheap basket and turn it into a bike basket using straps.
- Ease of packing – Bike baskets often don’t have lids, and they have a large surface area. This makes it easier for you to pack your stuff. You can also use them as a holding place whereby you pack your things in a bag and then drop the bag in your bike basket.
- More room – Both the front and rear baskets give you additional space to store various items.
- Carry taller objects – The good thing about using open bike baskets is that they allow you to carry taller items. You can carry your groceries without squashing them.
- Off-bike utility – Bike baskets that can be quickly detached are useful when you’re going shopping. You can take them with you, do your shopping and reattach them before riding back home.
When to Use Basket Bags
Bike baskets are the type of bags you want to use when running errands or shopping. This is because they allow you to place your goods inside the basket quickly. For longer trips or bumpy rides, you can use bike baskets that have lids on them. For instance, steel bike baskets can even be locked to provide additional safety when you store your things.
Bikes Suitable For Basket Bags
Ideally, you want to use bike baskets on smooth roads. This means using them on bikes such as road bikes, cyclocross bikes, and hybrid bikes. However, you can still add a basket to any bicycle provided you ensure you don’t carry too much stuff on bikes that are not designed to carry much weight.
Remember, bike baskets can be custom-made to match the sleekness of your bicycle. So, you don’t have to worry about them ‘cramping your style.’