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06.Baskets

There is a vast array of bike baskets and racks on the market, so the models chosen for this test are only a representation of the different varieties available, where we aim to highlight the issues and/or limitations involved with each.

Baskets are ideal for situations like carrying your shopping home. They can be either wire or wicker in construction and you can get front baskets which attach to the handle bar or rear baskets which need a rear rack to attach to. You need a basket that's easy to attach and remove, is stable when you're riding and is also lightweight to carry.

In this test, the Velogear Front Wire Basket came out on top with a 4.5 overall rating. It scores well for its ease of attachment and removal, and its light weight also makes it easy to carry. However, on the downside, its instructions state that it only has a 3kg maximum loading weight. The tested baskets all fare well overall, however they are mostly let down by their stability. You need to keep in mind that when a basket is fitted to the bike, the steering is altered, particularly for a front basket, which you'll need to get used to.

 

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Baskets
Brand / product Overall ratingStabilityEase of
attachment
Ease of removalEase of carryingWeight of
basket (kg)
Stated maximum
loading weight (kg)
Construction
material
Position of
basket
Price ($)
Velogear Front Wire Basket 4.5 2 5 5 5 0.82 3 Wire Handle bar 55
Beauty Shopper Wicker (front basket) 4 2 5 5 4 0.87 5 Wicker Handle bar post 109
Basil Jura 15010 4 3 5 5 3 2 15 Wicker Rear 129
Topeak MTX Basket Rear TB2005 4 3 5 5 2 1.53 ns Wire Rear 60
Topeak Front Handlebar Basket TB2001 3.5 2 5 5 2 1.12 ns Wire Handle bar 60
Velogear Rear Wire Basket 3.5 2 4 4 4 1.13 ns Wire Rear 44


 

Using the table

 Scores The overall rating is calculated from the four aspects covered (stability, ease of attachment, ease of removal and ease of carrying). Each category is scored from a scale of one to five and the total score out of 25 is reduced to a star rating out of five.
Price Recommended retail, as of March 2010.

How we test

Our tester, Peter Horvath, assesses the bike baskets primarily on their ease of use. He looks at how easy they are to attach and remove from the bike. He also assesses their stability when riding and their ease of carrying when they are taken off. He follows the maximum loading weights where specified.

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Velogear Front Wire Basket05-velogear-front-wire-

Price $55

Contact www.velogear.com.au 

 

Beauty Shopper Wicker (front basket)01-beauty-shopper-wicker

Price $109

Contact www.cheekytransport.com.au

 

Basil Jura 1501002-basil-jura-15010

Price $129

Contact www.cheekytransport.com.au  

 

Topeak MTX Basket Rear TB200504-topeak-MTX-rear-TB2005

Price $60

Contact www.bikes.com.au  

 

 

Topeak Front Handlebar Basket TB200103-topeak-front-hb-basket-TB2001

Price $60

Contact www.bikes.com.au

 

Velogear Rear Wire Basket06-velogear--rear-wire-

Price $44

Contact www.velogear.com.au

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