The new 139WW Woody from Wald is an attractive update of their popular model 139 basket with the addition of hardwood slats in the base to add strength and visual appeal. The “Woody”, as it’s called, is a medium-large basket that will comfortably carry a bag or two of groceries or a typical commuting load, and it’ll look great while doing it.
The Woody comes supplied with handlebar mounts and struts. The handlebar mounts fit up to 1″ diameter handlebars. The struts are drilled for both axle and braze-on mounting. The basket can be leveled by adjusting the forward reach of the handlebar mounts. Installation is straightforward and took approximately 10 minutes on a Breezer Uptown 8. The Woody can also be mounted on an existing front rack by removing the mounting hardware and attaching with either zip ties or wire à la Rivendell.
When combined with an elastic basket net, the Woody is perfect for carrying relatively lightweight but awkward items that otherwise would be difficult to strap onto a narrow rack or stuff into a pannier. It can handle light to medium loads but it shouldn’t be confused with a full-fledged cargo rack such as the Pass & Stow or a heavy duty delivery basket such as the Wald 157, both of which would be more appropriate for carrying heavier loads.
The Woody is a welcome update to an old classic. The addition of wood slats creates an attractive, modern look and adds stiffness to the bottom of the basket while still providing all the benefits of a traditional basket such as convenience and the ability to carry bulky items. I expect to see a lot of these baskets on bikes around town this coming year.
Dimensions: 18″ x 13″ x 6″
Construction: Zinc-plated steel, hardwood slats
Retail Price: $69.99
Kentucky based Wald LLC has been continuously manufacturing bicycle parts in the U.S.A. since 1905 and is one of the few manufacturers that has not moved production overseas. Along with their baskets, they also manufacture a full line of parts and accessories including fenders, racks, handlebars, and bags.
Disclosure: Wald is a sponsor of this website and provided the basket for this review.