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Made in: Kentucky

product code: BSKT


Wald has made bike parts in the United States since 1905, and in its current plant in Maysville, Kentucky since 1929. Its bicycle heyday started in the 40s and continued through the late 70s or so, a near 40-year period during which Wald supplied most of the hubs, cranks, handlebars, stems, seat posts, kickstands on tens of millions of Huffy, Murray, and Roadmaster bicycles. Wald has proven more stalwart than thousands of other American companies that have closed their doors or opened new ones overseas. It is a true American classic.

But all that aside, Wald baskets are the best I've seen, and I've seen lots of good baskets. The Walds, though, not only work right, but they look right, and they're light. The baskets are squares, not ovals, for more efficient packing. The mesh is airy, for less wind resistance when it's empty, and to minimize weight. The welds are solid and so smooth, you can carry water balloons in them without fear of nicking. Wald makes about a gazillion models, but we sell only the ones most suited to our bikes and the way we use baskets. Just one style in two sizes. Lash them (mounting hardware not included; just use zip ties) onto most any rack or saddlebag support, and you're ready for action. Don't forget to use a net, too.


The HUGE one is 13" x 18" x 6", and holds two grocery bags side-by-side. AKA Wald 139 (72 grams).

The MEDIUM one is 9.75" x 14.75" x 4.5". AKA Wald 137 (52 grams).

Side by side:

Zippin them up:

use thick zip-ties, four to six, and triple- and quadruple-wrap them. It's kind of a hassle, but it takes only about five minutes, and makes the basket nearly theft-proof. Clip the ends if you like.

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 9   Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Pizza Pickup August 3, 2016
Reviewer: Josh Imler from Pleasant Hill, CA United States  
Now I can ride away with my oven-fresh pizza aboard. Hooray!

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Perfect bag for under $20? March 27, 2015
Reviewer: Ross from Washington, DC United States  
I just found the best bag for my Medium Wald wire basket: http://www.amazon.com/Military-Surplus-II-Carrier-BackPack/dp/B001U6MJCK

You cannot beat army surplus. The base dimensions are nearly the same and the straps fit through the basket to fasten nice and tight. First camp trip with it this weekend.

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More useful than a porteur rack January 24, 2015
Reviewer: Aaron Harris from Council Bluffs, IA United States  
I've used both, and a tied down front basket is a lot more useful and cheaper in the end.  I would advise against using zip-ties.  They fatigue quickly and snap.  Tie it down in several places with twine instead.  Twine looks better, it's biodegradable, and it lasts a lot longer.

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Best solution for carrying stuff May 28, 2014
Reviewer: Thomas Sackett from Seattle, WA United States  
Backpacks, messenger bags, shopping bag panniers, cut-down milk crates, trailers -- I've tried just about every option for carrying stuff on my commuter bike (an older Novara touring bike with font and rear racks). The medium-sized Wald basket is my new favorite. I followed Rivendell's recommendation to attach it to my existing rack using zip ties. The size is just right; it provides lots of storage space (or serves as a stable base for a larger bag), but doesn't get in the way when I put it on a bus or car's bike rack.

It's surprisingly good for recreational riding. I just took it on a mountainous, 25-mile ride on a gravel road, using just the basket and a reusable shopping bag to hold my gear. The front rack/basket/shopping bag combo didn't rattle, and made it easy to change layers as the weather went from sun to rain and back.

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Love! May 15, 2014
Reviewer: John Ellsworth from Southborough, MA United States  
I have a bunch of these. Several on bikes, even.  But three in the kitchen, too, under the counter top on a work table.  They hold stuff, look good doing it, don't weigh much, and are made here.  TY Riv for introducing!

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