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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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PUBLISHED ON October 5, 2019

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
    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 Overall
    Ohuhu Rust-Proof, Quick-Release Front Handlebar Wire Mesh Bike Basket
    Ohuhu Rust-Proof, Quick-Release Front Handlebar Wire Mesh Bike Basket
  • Best Value
    Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket
    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.

  • Best Value
    Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket
    Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket
  • Honorable Mention
    Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket
    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.

  • Honorable Mention
    Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket
    Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket

    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

    The Ohuhu Rust-Proof, Quick-Release Front Handlebar Wire Mesh Bike Basket more than justifies earning our pick for the best bike basket overall. Ohuhu offers the durability, convenience, and security every cyclist demands from a bike basket. This option contains plastic-coated steel construction that is weather-proof and rust-proof. The basket also has a unique foam-coated rest and hooks to protect the head tube and handlebar from scratches or other damage. This construction helps maintain the integrity of your stored items. The Ohuhu also contains a constructed bottom mesh design that helps to contain smaller items. This option’s handlebar hooks and Velcro strap provide easy installation and removal. The Ohuhu basket also contains removable handles, allowing the basket to serve as a shopping basket for light grocery shopping excursions.

    Best Value

    The Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket is durability and style rolled into one. This option is hand woven to maintain the basket’s quality and strength. The Colorbasket comes in a variety of color options for you to choose from. This basket is 15.3-inches long by 9.4-inches wide by 11.4-inches long, providing enough space to carry a variety of small items. This basket’s weight limit load is 15 pounds, and it can hold school supplies, personal audio equipment, and mobile devices. It even provides the perfect space for pet lovers to carry their beloved small furry friends on a biking excursion. It contains two adjustable straps to provide the perfect fit for your bike. This option is a great addition to your bike cruiser.

    Honorable Mention

    The Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket provides the versatility necessary to fit your biking experience. This option mounts at the rear of the bicycle to provide maximum stability. Wald offers a wired platform extending over the rear wheel for additional cargo capacity. This allows riders the freedom of carrying greater loads. This option contains twin baskets that rest on each side of the rear wheel, providing ample balancing load space that maintains loads safely. This option is 11 inches deep and tapers from 13.5 by 6.25 inches at the top to 12 by 4.75 inches at the bottom. Wald also has chrome or black gloss basket models available. This option’s safe carrying capacity and style makes it a valuable addition to your bike cruiser.

    Honorable Mention

    Another good option is the COFIT Collapsible Bike Basket. This option provides versatility to streamline the busiest bike riders’ next biking excursion. The COFIT basket is a multi-purpose option that can be used as a pet carrier, grocery shopping bag, commuter organizer, or a camping and outdoor container. This lightweight option is made of waterproof oxford cloth and a rustproof aluminum frame. The COFIT is easy to detach and to clean. This option also has comfort in mind. It contains soft and tearproof sponge pads over its aluminum handles that protect your hands when you're lifting heavy objects. The basket is collapsible, allowing for easy storage regardless of where you are. You can also message COFIT with any questions regarding its product's dimensional capability with your bike. The basket provides quality and convenience in one unique package.

    Honorable Mention

    The Retrospec Detachable Steel Bike Basket isn’t a fancy bike basket with all the trimmings. It’s simply a quality basket that serves the purpose it’s intended for: carrying items from point A to point B. The Retrospec is made of weather-proof steel for durability and reliability that will maintain your items’ integrity. Retrospec’s easy-to-attach option eliminates the hassle of time consuming basket attachment. This product contains integrated hooks that effortlessly attach your basket to a bicycle’s handlebars. It contains a handle for easy carrying capability while you’re not riding. The Retrospec measures 14.5 by 9.5 by 7.5 inches, making it compatible with most adult bicycles. However, it is recommended that you contact Retrospec directly to verify compatibility with your bicycle. Retrospec offers a standard bike basket option that can hold its own against its competition.

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

    The Ohuhu Rust-Proof, Quick-Release Front Handlebar Wire Mesh Bike Basket more than justifies earning our pick for the best bike basket overall. Ohuhu offers the durability, convenience, and security every cyclist demands from a bike basket. This option contains plastic-coated steel construction that is weather-proof and rust-proof. The basket also has a unique foam-coated rest and hooks to protect the head tube and handlebar from scratches or other damage. This construction helps maintain the integrity of your stored items. The Ohuhu also contains a constructed bottom mesh design that helps to contain smaller items. This option’s handlebar hooks and Velcro strap provide easy installation and removal. The Ohuhu basket also contains removable handles, allowing the basket to serve as a shopping basket for light grocery shopping excursions.

    Best Value
    Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket

    The Colorbasket Adult Front Handlebar Wicker Bike Basket is durability and style rolled into one. This option is hand woven to maintain the basket’s quality and strength. The Colorbasket comes in a variety of color options for you to choose from. This basket is 15.3-inches long by 9.4-inches wide by 11.4-inches long, providing enough space to carry a variety of small items. This basket’s weight limit load is 15 pounds, and it can hold school supplies, personal audio equipment, and mobile devices. It even provides the perfect space for pet lovers to carry their beloved small furry friends on a biking excursion. It contains two adjustable straps to provide the perfect fit for your bike. This option is a great addition to your bike cruiser.

    Honorable Mention
    Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket

    The Wald Rear Bicycle Carrier Basket provides the versatility necessary to fit your biking experience. This option mounts at the rear of the bicycle to provide maximum stability. Wald offers a wired platform extending over the rear wheel for additional cargo capacity. This allows riders the freedom of carrying greater loads. This option contains twin baskets that rest on each side of the rear wheel, providing ample balancing load space that maintains loads safely. This option is 11 inches deep and tapers from 13.5 by 6.25 inches at the top to 12 by 4.75 inches at the bottom. Wald also has chrome or black gloss basket models available. This option’s safe carrying capacity and style makes it a valuable addition to your bike cruiser.

    Honorable Mention
    COFIT Collapsible Bike Basket

    Another good option is the COFIT Collapsible Bike Basket. This option provides versatility to streamline the busiest bike riders’ next biking excursion. The COFIT basket is a multi-purpose option that can be used as a pet carrier, grocery shopping bag, commuter organizer, or a camping and outdoor container. This lightweight option is made of waterproof oxford cloth and a rustproof aluminum frame. The COFIT is easy to detach and to clean. This option also has comfort in mind. It contains soft and tearproof sponge pads over its aluminum handles that protect your hands when you're lifting heavy objects. The basket is collapsible, allowing for easy storage regardless of where you are. You can also message COFIT with any questions regarding its product's dimensional capability with your bike. The basket provides quality and convenience in one unique package.

    Honorable Mention
    Retrospec Detachable Steel Bike Basket

    The Retrospec Detachable Steel Bike Basket isn’t a fancy bike basket with all the trimmings. It’s simply a quality basket that serves the purpose it’s intended for: carrying items from point A to point B. The Retrospec is made of weather-proof steel for durability and reliability that will maintain your items’ integrity. Retrospec’s easy-to-attach option eliminates the hassle of time consuming basket attachment. This product contains integrated hooks that effortlessly attach your basket to a bicycle’s handlebars. It contains a handle for easy carrying capability while you’re not riding. The Retrospec measures 14.5 by 9.5 by 7.5 inches, making it compatible with most adult bicycles. However, it is recommended that you contact Retrospec directly to verify compatibility with your bicycle. Retrospec offers a standard bike basket option that can hold its own against its competition.

    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.