My wife rides a stylish and functional Pashley Princess Sovereign. I’m pretty sure it’s the only one in the city and it gets lots of admiring glances and comments wherever we go. Surprisingly, she tells me that many of the comments are directed not at the bike, but specifically at her wicker basket. There’s something about a bicycle basket filled with groceries or flowers that always seems to make people smile (I happen to particularly like the baguette/wine bottle look myself ;-) ). Riding with her everyday I’ve come to appreciate the convenience and practicality of baskets – when you’re on a quick errand run they’re perfect for tossing in loose items, a few groceries, or a library book.

If you think you might like to try out a basket, REI is now stocking Peterboro bike baskets from New Hampshire. They look great, the prices are very good, and I like the fact that they’re handmade in the U.S.A. Between the three sizes you should be able to get a fit on almost any bicycle (you’ll want to look carefully at the measurements to make sure you have clearance).

Peterboro Baskets @ REI →

[Thanks to the Chic Cyclist for the Peterboro tip.]

4 Responses to “Baskets”

  • bongobike says:

    I can attest to the quality and beauty of the Peterboro baskets, since I bought one at my local REI and strapped it to my commuter bike last week. The leather straps and buckles are first quality.

    An interesting and rather unfortunate issue with handlebar baskets is the gender association that has developed around wicker and other woven baskets, to which wire baskets seem to be immune. It’s like boys have to use Wald wire baskets, because woven baskets are for girls. I don’t know if it’s due to advertising or what, but woven handlebar baskets are nearly always associated with women’s bikes. There they are always, in print ads and TV commercials. If there is a woman riding a bicycle, it will have a basket hanging from the handlebar, and almost always it will contain something cutesy, like a puppy or a bouquet of flowers. I don’t see anything effeminate about the baskets themselves; they’re just a practical way to carry stuff. But most bike companies go along with this idea (Pashley being one of them), offering wicker baskets on their ladies bikes but not on mens bikes.

    So, being a man, you probably know why I said this. I have already taken some ribbing about the basket, especially from family and friends. Maybe this weekend I’ll throw both a bunch of flowers AND a white puppy in the basket, put on my clogs and tell my wife I’m coming out. ;-) Maybe that will give everybody a jolt and they’ll quit harassing me about the damn basket, eh?

  • Adrienne says:

    bongobike- if you really want to put it over the top, dress the dog in a little pink and sparkle number and make sure those clogs are orange Crocks!

  • bongobike says:

    Good idea. With the orange Crocs and a loaf of bread in the basket, they will think I’m a fan of Mario Batali.

  • Dottie says:

    Three cheers for baskets! They make riding around town and shopping trips so much easier.

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