Top 10 Bike Baskets for Commuter in 2014

One of the things that you may well want to add to your bike is a basket. It is great to be able to throw all your shopping or bits and pieces into a strong basket knowing that everything is secure. In addition, you may also be a pet lover who just wants to take Fido out for a run.

Here are the top twelve baskets we’ve found. If there is a relevant link to a YouTube video we have included that also.

Sunlite Mesh Bottom Bicycle Lift Off Basket, Black

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B000YBHONG” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517tn6PnsjL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Sunlite Mesh Bottom Bicycle Lift Off Basket, Black[/easyazon_image]Made of powder-coated steel, and available in a variety of colors to match your bike, this basket has a mesh bottom, so small things won’t drop out of it. The mounting bracket stays attached to the bike and hooks over the handlebars.

When you want to go shopping you simply lift the handles of the bike basket to remove it from the mounting. When you get back you just drop it on the bracket and lower the handles to lock into place. No tools required to install it or remove it. Suitable for all types of bike.

Snoozer Buddy Bike Basket, Grey and Black

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B0026WYCU4″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HqD42SGbL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Snoozer Buddy Bike Basket, Grey and Black[/easyazon_image]If you have a small dog, or even a cat that you want to take out for a ride in the country, this pet bike basket works very well. Finished in a durable micro fiber which wipes clean, the basket has a removable inner pad and chin rest.

There are several storage pockets to carry all your pet’s bits and pieces and an inner leash clip, together with a rain cover which also removes and stores in a side pocket. An adjustable brace underneath the basket secures it to the bike frame. Not really suitable for off-road bikes as all the bouncing around could easily throw your pet out; there is no top cover.

Wald 3133 Front Quick Release Bicycle Basket with Bolt on Clamp (14.5 x 9.5 x 9, Black)

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B0017SHC4Q” cloaking=”default” height=”122″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kJwCVZmEL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Wald 3133 Front Quick Release Bicycle Basket with Bolt on Clamp (14.5 x 9.5 x 9, Black)[/easyazon_image]Available in black or white powdercoated steel this bike basket has a robust holder which offers greater cleance between the handlebars and the basket for gear shift cables and brake levers. The basket locks into place when the handle is lowered. The handle is a bit on the narrow side and some users maintain that it can hurt your hand when full of heavy shopping. Fits all types of bike.

Nantucket Lightship Classic Front Handlebar Bike Basket (Dark Stained)

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B0051V00XK” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61Q37q8mrkL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Nantucket Lightship Classic Front Handlebar Bike Basket (Dark Stained)[/easyazon_image]These baskets are not a quick release type, fitting on to the handlebars with two leather straps and a belt buckle type fitting. Unlike cheaper woven baskets, this one is made from finely woven rattan cane which will withstand the weather and the rigors of  bike commuting and everyday use. It is a replica of the baskets first produced in the whaling era of the 1800’s, and gives your bike that classic look.

The basket will hold groceries and other shopping up to 13 lbs. It will fit all bikes, but would really look rather out of place on a mountain bike.

Solvit 62331 Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B002AI8PKM” cloaking=”default” height=”128″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SjWx7LyzL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Solvit 62331 Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket[/easyazon_image]This is made from woven rattan over a steel frame and comes complete with a sunshade to protect your pet from the heat of the mid-day sun. Take the sunshade off, and your pet can cruise with the top down. This model comes with a full sheepskin liner for comfort, which is removable for washing.

It has an adjustable safety leash and a unique bracket system which allows the basket to be removed or put on to the bike in a matter of seconds with just one hand. The bracket system is adjustable so that it does not interfere with brakes or gear cables. Holds pets up to 13 lbs and comes with a one year warranty. Fits all bikes.

Wald 157 Front Giant Delivery Bicycle Basket (21 x 15 x 9, Black)

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B0012DQAM6″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/415JCBdx-oL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”155″]Wald 157 Front Giant Delivery Bicycle Basket (21 x 15 x 9, Black)[/easyazon_image]This is a very large basket and can be used for all sorts of shopping and running errands. It has heavy-duty handlebar clamps and strong legs with three holes at each side of the legs so that it can be mounted in different ways. Available in plated or black finishes, it measures 21 x 15 x 9 inches and will really hold a lot.

One disadvantage is that it won’t fit on a bike with suspension. That aside, if you need to carry heavy loads this will do the job.

Topeak Trolley Tote Folding Basket

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B0033VNCTE” cloaking=”default” height=”124″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JHOopEBdL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Topeak Trolley Tote Folding Basket[/easyazon_image]This basket is made from engineering grade plastic and is fully compatible with the MTX system bike rack, simply sliding into place over the rear wheel and clicking into position. It has a stainless steel extending handle and trolley wheels, making it ideal for supermarket shopping. There is also a bracket to hold an additional rear lamp. It will hold up to 20 lbs, and it folds down flat when not in use.

The only complaint some people have is that the basket rattles a bit when in use. It will fit on other bike racks but works best with the Topeak MTX system as it has been designed to work with it.

Wald 520 Rear Twin Bicycle Carrier Basket (13.5 x 6.25 x 11)

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However, this is not a shopping basket and cannot be removed from the bike without tools.

Wald 582 Folding Bicycle Rear Rack Grocery Baskets, Set of 2 Black

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B007FRCIDI” cloaking=”default” height=”86″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xW6zdc2KL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Wald 582 Folding Bicycle Rear Rack Grocery Baskets, Set of 2 Black[/easyazon_image]These fit to each side of most bike racks and have the feature of folding when not in use. The base of the rack pivots upwards which allows the side walls to collapse. When folded the basket is just an inch thick. Opened up each basket will hold a carrier bag of shopping. Only fits to a bike rack, so if you are an off-roader and don’t have one fitted you cannot use these.

Nantucket Lightship Oval Basket, White

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00BUIO3WW” cloaking=”default” height=”117″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51P9qqujBML._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Nantucket Lightship Oval Basket, White[/easyazon_image]This oval shaped basket is another in the Nantucket range.

Made of rattan woven cane it gives your bike a traditional look.

Fits to the handlebars with two leather straps. It will hold up to 13 lbs in weight.

Basil Basket Rain Cover 50005 Cento Black

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The basket is fairly narrow, but will hold a 25 lb bag of kitty litter and a couple of 2 liter Coke bottles and still have a little room lelft over. You need a bike rack on which to mount it so have to take that into account as an additional cost if you don’t already have one.

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