Bike Girl received a compliment from a reader this week on the SWEET basket on the bicycle in the photo at the top of the blog. The reader asked where it is possible to procure nice-looking baskets that are able to carry groceries and are not the “heavy and ugly steel mesh kinds.”
The above bicycle is long gone; sold to a lovely lady on Craigslist for more than it was worth. The basket was procured from a pile at the Bike-ro-wave in Santa Monica. It was pre-loved, meaning it was already completely crushed when I found it. I believe it cost one dollar. The Bike-ro-wave, as well as the Bicycle Kitchen and the Bike Oven are great places to find random parts and accessories for cheap.
Bike Girl now prefers a rack and panniers to carry around her groceries or other items. The rack goes on the back and is not bulky and ugly. Panniers come in many stylish designs, plus they’re detachable. So if you’re not carting around random Stuff, they don’t need to be on the bike.
As far as the style-factor on regular bike baskets:
The Copenhagen-ize blog has some lovely posts on customizing bike baskets.
Bike Girl personally thinks there is a Correct Basket for every bike. Though panniers are her favorite all-purpose pick.