Best Bike Baskets: Top Picks for Increasing Storage Space 

 These bike baskets are a convenient way to add storage space on a bicycle

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Whether you’re a regular commuter or just need a way of occasionally getting the grocery bags home on your bicycle, bike baskets can conveniently increase storage space while keeping you on two wheels. As a viable alternative to the backpack, bicycle baskets come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s a good idea to do your homework. Here are our top picks to help you out.

  • Best Overall
    Ohuhu Rust-Proof, Quick Release Front Handlebar Wire Mesh Bike Basket
    Summary
    Summary

    Constructed from plastic-coated steel, this front basket is waterproof and rust-proof. It features a mesh bottom to hold small items and two carrying handles, so it can double as a detachable shopping basket. The handlebar hooks and velcro strap make installation quick and easy

    Pros
    Pros

    The three-point attachment design makes the Ohuhu bicycle basket more stable than those with less. These attachments are also foam-coated to protect your bike’s paintwork.

    Cons
    Cons

    The basket is only secure if the carrying handles are down. Bumps in the road have the potential to dislodge it and disconnect the basket from the handlebars.

  • Best Value
    Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket
    Summary
    Summary

    This front basket is handwoven with thicker-than-average wicker to increase durability and weight limit without sacrificing style. The basket is easy to fix to your handlebars via two fully adjustable, leather straps that can hold up to 15 pounds.

    Pros
    Pros

    These wicker baskets are handcrafted and come in different colors, so you can customize your bike as you like. They also don’t taper like conventional wicker bike baskets, so they’re much easier to pack.

    Cons
    Cons

    The velcro straps allow for easy installation but cannot be secured completely, causing the basket to wobble at times.

  • Honorable Mention
    Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket
    Summary
    Summary

    This rear rack and basket combo can haul up to 50 pounds, making it a cost-effective alternative to a full pannier system. Two deep baskets on either side of the rear wheel provide ideal storage space for longer items, while additional cargo can be strapped to the rack over the wheel.

    Pros
    Pros

    It’s solid and sturdy, but at just under five pounds it doesn't feel heavy. The basket is designed to be universal, so the mounting hardware can be fitted in either direction to facilitate this.

    Cons
    Cons

    Because of its attempted but ineffective universal design, installation may not be as straightforward as we’d like, and some tweaks might be necessary for optimal performance.

Tips

  • If you’re looking at regularly carrying more than 15 pounds, a rear basket is probably going to be more suitable as the extra weight won’t affect your handling of the bike.
  • Most bike baskets come without a lid, so try using small bungee cords to keep things in place.
  • Measure your handlebars, the gap between them, and your front wheel and where your brake cables sit to help you find a good fit.

FAQs

Q: How do I attach the basket to my bicycle?

A: It depends on the basket. Some are detachable and will just hook over your handlebars, while others might have straps that serve the same purpose. Some will require brackets to provide a stronger, more permanent fixture.

Q: Can I carry my dog in a bike basket?

A: If your dog fits in the basket and is happy to stay there, we say go for it! Just make sure you choose a basket that is suitable for both your dog and your bike.

Q: Should I get a wire or wicker bike basket?

A: Both have advantages and disadvantages. A wire basket can often support more weight, while wicker might be considered more stylish. It’s worth noting that wicker is prone to rot and mold in wet conditions.

Final Thoughts

Our best overall pick, the Ohuhu Rust-Proof, Quick Release Front Handlebar Wire Mesh Bike Basket, gives you a solid and waterproof way to add storage to your bike that can be easily removed to use as a shopping basket. 

The handwoven Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket offers a similar size and load weight but a completely different style at a cheaper price point, which makes it our best value pick.