while is was looking at baskets/commutor gear i found a great site and emailed an expert, here is his reply (and i link to website):
Magellan, Two gallons of milk weigh closer to 20 lb. (a gallon of water is 8.34 lb, without any packaging. Milk is substantially denser than water... add in the weight of the glass jars and you've got a heavy load). 20 lbs. supported from a handlebar-mounted basket will adversely affect the steering of a bike, especially a bike not designed to handle front-end loads. I could go on and on about "trail" and other considerations -- frankly, road bikes were not set up to handle substantial front loads. Bikes built for touring, however, might be more suitable for such weights. That being said, I routinely carry 25+ lb. on a handlebar-mounted basket in addition to balanced grocery loads suspended from rear baskets attached to a rear rack. The bike I use for this is a Euro-style "utility bike": http://www.bikecommuters.com/2008/02/03/gr ocery-getter-completed/ I think you're on the right track by recommending a rear rack. Steering and handling aren't as affected; most bikes take racks with little or no hassle, too. If you balance a load by packing it equally on both sides of the rack, you might barely even notice it back there! If this person insists on a front basket, I think rather highly of two choices. The first is the classic Wald basket (particularly the 198 model -- this one will hold two plastic gallon jug side by side): http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/wald19 8gbbasket.html There are struts that go from the bottom of the basket to the front wheel axle to help support some crushing loads, but again, steering WILL be compromised. For more style, I like the Basil baskets -- two simple hooks that slip over the handlebar and flip-out handles that let you use it as a shopping basket in the grocery store: http://www.velo-orange.com/bablba.html Thanks for the kind words...if there's any followup, please let me know and I'll try to help if I can. Jack Sweeney "Ghost Rider" Tampa, Florida http://www.bikecommuters.com
Backpacks are good and it keeps my load manageable. I don't carry gallons of milk on my bike. I would probably carry smaller amounts and make more frequent trips. That way I can get more time on the bike and more fitness benefits. LOL
How about a child trailer or cargo trailer? There are a lot of trailers and panniers on the www.biketrailershop.com. This will give you examples. Good Luck.
i would think that if you are going to put something on the bike, maybe a rack on the back with something to hold grocery. i would think if you look at commutor stuff that you would find something. the backpack idea is also easy and fast, if you dont mind having something on your back..2 gallons of milk probably weigh around 12 pounds...
i googled commutor baskets, here are few i found http://cgi.ebay.com/GROCERY-COMMUTER-EAS Y-REAR-FOLDING-BASKET-BIKE-BICYCLE_W0Q QitemZ230259703742QQcmdZViewItem
When I had a comfort bike I had Topeak cargo bag. There are Topeak models with side saddlebags. They only fit on Topeak slide on metal rack...and they add a good bit of weight. I got a road bike, the sort with curved handlebars and the concept of adding this sort of 'basket' is not recommended. You may do well with a good backpack if you do indeed have a road bike. There are many much much more experienced riders on this team and they may have better solution/option for you. Good for you for seeking a way to run errands like this on your bike! www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_sg?url=no de %3D3403201&field-keywords=Topeak&x=9R>&y=22
Edited by: REBCCA at: 6/23/2008 (22:14)
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I'm looking for something that will fit on a "speed bike" (curved handlebars), and handle going to the library. Front or back baskets...Also looking for the ablitiy to cary 2 galons of milk at a time in glass jars. For this, I was looking at some folding baskets that are labled "Grocery" type. Any thoughts?
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