Home > Racks >

  Wald Wire Basket



 



$23.00
Made in: Kentucky


Availability: Medium and HUGE baskets now in stock
product code: BSKT


  

Qty:  
Description
 
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 orsaddlebag support, and you're ready for action. Don't forget to use a net, too.

SIZES:

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.

Sun Chase from Rivendell Bicycle Works on Vimeo.

Staff Favorite: Baskets
how to zip tie and tape your new basket to a rack


Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 6   Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
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.

Was this review helpful to you?

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
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!

Was this review helpful to you?

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
 
Best accesory for transportation bikes! July 12, 2013
Reviewer: Koula R. from Jacksonville, FL United States  
I bought the Wald 137 primarily for use during S24O's, but it's SO useful for everyday errands too. I use a small messenger bag as a purse, and this basket is great if I don't want my messenger on my back or if I happen to grab a couple extra things on my way home and don't have room in my panniers.

Fit tip for those with small bikes, as I had a hard time picking between the medium and the large baskets...
I have a 47cm Atlantis, 41cm Nitto drops, Nitto Mini Front Rack, and a fair amount of stem showing. Because my headtube and bars are small, I have just enough room for the medium rack with about an inch of clearance between the rear top corners of the basket and my drops. I could not fit the large Wald basket on this bike without raising my stem a few inches/swapping for a longer stem or swapping to upright bars.

Was this review helpful to you?

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Super useful. Instant class. April 22, 2013
Reviewer: Zach from Seattle, WA United States  
Perfect.  I have the medium-sized one zip-tied to a mini front rack.  Love it because it's super useful, plus it instantly adds class to almost any bike.  



Was this review helpful to you?

  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
Just perfect January 26, 2012
Reviewer: Scot from Sunny Florida  
I have the medium on the front Marks rack and the huge on a Tubus rack on back. With the Tubus I can still mount panniers low and leave the basket attached for more capacity than I could ever need on a bike. They are usefull, well made, and make my A Homer Hilsen look wonderfully geeky.
What else can a review say about a basket? You need one, buy it.

Was this review helpful to you?

View All Customer Reviews