Wald Woody

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

About Wald
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.

Wald

Disclosure: Wald is a sponsor of this website and provided the basket for this review.

8 Responses to “Wald Woody”

  • jdmitch says:

    Yeah, I’m currently deciding whether I want to wait on this or get a Wald QR basket for our Madsen.

  • David says:

    It looks like a very nice basket. Very ascetically pleasing.

    One question. Is the metal parts of the basket stainless steel. Living on a small Island surrounded by salt water, metal will develop a certain patina (AKA rust) if not cared for.

  • 2whls3spds says:

    Love the Wald baskets! I still have a couple hanging around that were manufactured back in the early 70’s. Being the chea…frugal person I am, I will probably convert my own baskets to a wooden bottom. ;-)

    Aaron

  • marlingo says:

    A question: It looks like you removed the headlight to put the basket on… do you have plans for an alternate mount somehow?

  • Bruce says:

    I actually own the Uptown 8 and was thinking of getting this basket. I see you`ve taken the front light off (as did marlingo). Does it not fit under the basketÉ My frame is the XL size and I think the head tube is a bit longer. How close is the fitÉ

  • Alan says:

    Hi Bruce,

    The fork is the same size on both bikes, so the clearance under the basket will be the same regardless. In other words, your stock light won’t work with this basket without some kind of modification. Possibilities include replacing the light with something like the IQ Cyo (you’d want to double-check the clearance before making a purchase), or mounting your existing light on the fork blade.

    Alan

  • Bruce says:

    Thanks for the reply Alan. Just to be clear, the position of the basket is set by the struts connected to the front hub, rather than by the handlebar connection, is that right?

    Ironically I do have an IQ Cyo on its way – I was in an accident last month that trashed my front rim, headlight and brake levers (not to mention a broken left hand, fractured right wrist with ligament damage (yeah both hands), road rash all over the left side of my face and a 2″ scar above my left eye that required 6 stitches). Anyways I took the opportunity to upgrade the front light as I commute year round and as far North as I live (near Edmonton, Alberta), there’s precious few hours of daylight in the winter. I chose the IQ Cyo in part because of your review (Peter White should advertise here). I’d be very curious as to how much clearance there is between your tire and the bottom of the basket, maybe the IQ Cyo will fit.
    Bruce

  • Alan says:

    @Bruce

    “Just to be clear, the position of the basket is set by the struts connected to the front hub, rather than by the handlebar connection, is that right?”

    That’s correct.

    “I’d be very curious as to how much clearance there is between your tire and the bottom of the basket, maybe the IQ Cyo will fit.”

    Measured vertically, the distance from the center of the mounting hole on the fork crown to the bottom of the basket is 4.5″. I’m sure the IQ Cyo will fit, though you may need a shorter mount than what comes shipped with the light.

    Alan

 
© 2011 EcoVelo™