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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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BYTrey Williams/ LAST UPDATED ON July 7, 2021

If 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 a backpack, bicycle baskets come in a variety of 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

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

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

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

Retrospec Bicycles Cane Woven Rectangular Toto Basket

Summary

A basket straight from the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” It’s identical to the one used to carry Toto (hence the name) that is functional and rated to carry a small dog or a few pounds of groceries.

Pros

The basket is built from woven rattan that features a traditional design. It can carry several large, medium, and small items without an issue. It has a large opening for easier access and loading.

Cons

It is only rated to hold 5 pounds and it is not all that durable.

Honorable Mention

Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket

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

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

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.

Best Bike Baskets: Top Picks for Increasing Storage Space

Retrospec’s fully detachable bicycle basket is large, durable, and built to carry all sorts of items no matter the size. It is made out of a high-grade metal material so it won’t break or buckle under a lot of weight or pressure. This also makes it weatherproof, which means you can leave it on in the rain.


It also features removable handles made out of the same sturdy steel. These improve its functionality and allow you to easily transfer it from the bike to the home, or anywhere else you may need it. It’s even built with a mesh bottom liner that can hold smaller objects without them falling through to the ground.


Attaching it to the bike may require some muscle or tools, as the mounting system isn’t the easiest. You may have to squeeze the top hooks in order to attach it securely to the bike. However, this may depend on the bike as well. You may also need zip ties to secure it tighter to the bike, as it can bounce around in transit.

If you’ve ever wanted to act out your Wizard of Oz fantasy of riding a bike like Dorothy, here’s the basket for you. While it isn’t designed or built to carry a Cairn Terrier puppy, you are more than free to give it a go. It’s more of a traditional bike basket woven together to be strong, durable, and light.


Its large rectangular shape allows you to place several large, medium, and small items inside. It’s also quite simple to install with its adjustable leather straps. You don’t even need tools to attach it firmly to your bike. 


However, it does have one drawback that is worth mentioning: It is only rated to hold 5 pounds. That 5 pounds will fill up quickly if you are headed to the grocery store, but lighter items will do fine. Also, be wary of how you treat the basket, as it is woven together and cannot take a punishment. More difficult rides will likely destroy it.

Really, what more is there to say other than it’s a Schwinn bike basket? With a name like that, you know you’re getting a high-quality and dependable basket. One of the best features of this basket is it is able to be used independently from the bike. If you need to carry it in a store, then you are free to do so without much of a problem.


The basket includes an ergonomic carrying handle for easier access and extra convenience. It’s steel material build is weather-resistant as well, so it can be left in the rain or snow without you having to worry about it deteriorating. It can also be easily attached to the bike, depending on the placement of the brakes.


One of the biggest issues can be found when installing it. If you have brake levers closer together, you may have to move them in order to attach the basket properly. This may not always be an issue, however. It also may not come with mounting instructions at all.

The name may be a mouthful to say, but this basket is capable, functional, and looks great mounted to any bike. One of the greatest things about it is its design. It’s built to be an exact replica of the popular baskets first produced in Nantucket during the whaling era of the 1800s. It even has a fun little logo right on the front.


Each basket is built from woven rattan cane for increased durability, functionality, and load weight. It’s rated to fit most bicycles from commuter to cruisers, but you should always double-check before making any final purchases. It also has a total weight limit of 13 pounds, making it capable of handling quite a bit of weight.


However, the bottom is not woven and just includes a piece of wood. The wood isn’t the most durable and can crack or break if put under too much pressure. The basket itself is also not the most durable, so you should be careful if riding on difficult terrain or bumpy surfaces.

Sunlite’s bicycle basket is similar to the Retrospec Bicycles Detachable Steel Half Mesh Apollo Bike Basket. It features a nearly identical mesh design with a large opening and a smaller, more enclosed basket at the bottom. The one major difference with this basket is it is powder-coated to resist rust and enhance its overall build.


Another difference is the way it attaches to the bike. The Sunlite basket uses rubber-mounted attachments that slide over the handlebars for a more secure and firm fit. The rubber tips help prevent the basket from harming your bike by accidentally scratching or denting it. It’s even rated to carry around 40 pounds.


The basket does not come with a carrying handle, which drastically reduces its ability to be carried comfortably from the bike to a store or the house. It also may sway from side to side if not tied down with bungees or zip ties.

Bell is another brand that is linked with biking. Its bike basket is made out of a tough aluminum material and features a large open space for several items. It is rated to carry around 15 pounds, which is quite a lot when you need to transfer books or groceries. It clamps onto the handlebars with two metal rods and can even be detached and carried around with its convenient handle. 


The basket is also compatible with most bikes, however, you may find it more difficult to install on say a mountain bike due to the way the frame sits. It’s a great looking basket once mounted to the bike as well. Although, you may need to have a bike tool in order to install it properly. If not, then you may need a few tools.


It is a rather large basket, which is a great thing, but it can also be a negative thing. It does require a minimum clearance of 28 cm from the top of the handlebars to the top of the tire. It also may be a pain to install in general.

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

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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 Retrospec Bicycles Detachable Steel Half Mesh Apollo Bike Basket offers durability at a cheaper price point, which makes it our best value pick.

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