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- Rear bicycle basket with lots of space
- Mounts unobtrusively on the side of rear bicycle rack
- Folds up compactly (1 inch thick) for easy storage when not in use
- Available in silver, black, or white
- Offers a load size of 12.75x7.25x8"
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The Wald 582 sets the standard for ingenuity when it comes to rear baskets. Mounting to the side of almost any rear rack, this nimble basket is the perfect size for packing 1-2 bags of groceries while balancing your load. When not in use, the base of the basket pivots up allowing the side walls to collapse. A simple clamp at the top of the side panels keeps everything secured while the basket is folded up to one inch thick.
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Inexpensive-looking (Compared to pannier bags or other solution). You can leave these on your bike and I doubt anyone would go through the trouble of stealing them. Especially if they're scuffed up.
Lightweight and collapsible. When you're not transporting cargo, they stay put tightly and out of the way. The locking mechanism seems crude, but it works.
Two baskets carry a week's worth of groceries.
Surprisingly quiet when riding in either open or closed position. I was expecting worse. The closed position is silent even over bumps. The open position also behaves very well when nothing is being carried. Minimal rattles. When items are in the baskets, the effect often baffles the few rattles further.
The included mounting hardware isn't as bad as most reviewers make it out to be, although I think there may have been a revision with my recent purchase. (August 2015). I ended up using only two of the three included brackets because the included screws were a bit too short to use with my thick Axiom rack at the lower mounting point. I ended up reinforcing the baskets to the rack at 5 additional points with black zip-ties. My baskets are black, so it still looks super clean and I'm confident the baskets are secure.
Although the baskets seem to be able to carry a good amount of volume and weight, the folding short sides do play around a little bit while riding with the baskets in the open position. Not a huge concern, but worth noting.
Also worth mentioning is that the baskets seem about 10% in real life than they do in the photos. This will vary with individual perception I guess.
Strapping bungee cords to keep your gear in place is obviously super easy, but if you have some of the heavier duty cords (like i use to secure my NY Kryptonite lock to the rack), it might put stress on the baskets. I recommend using lighter gauge bungees or bungee nets to strap everything in nicely. I'm thinking of also DIYing an additional hinged "top cap" to fold over the front when not in use
Not waterproof (Obviously), but I never ride in the rain, so this doesn't matter to me. I guess a waterproof bag could be placed in these for those that need that function.
No quick release option. Once these are on your rack, they are most likely going to be a pain to take off, so I've decided to just leave them on permanently and just take the rack off the bike completely with these attached when I just want to ride light for fun.
The most inexpensive out-of-the-box option for extra bike storage. No frills and super functional. Not very theft worthy at all. Mounting may take some creativity, but once they're on your rack, they're solid. Don't hesitate and pull the trigger.
Things you need to know off the bat:
-The mounting hardware is useless. I attached mine with micro hose clamps from Precision Brand. NOTE: I used the "micro" hose clamps, and they worked, with a lot of elbow grease -- but it might be easier with the larger size. Then again, maybe not, I don't know. Anyway, I used five hose clamps on each side and I think it's going to be a LONG time before these baskets go anywhere.
-The basket-closing hooks are absolutely impossible to move using your bare hands -- at least if you mount your baskets the way I did, maybe there is more torque going on than the hooks are designed for. Wald could put "wings" on the backs of the hooks if they want to make them a little more ergonomic, but they didn't. I simply use mini bungee cords from this set to hold them closed. It works out because when I want to fold the basket down, I remove the bungee cords, and then I can use them to hold down whatever I put in the basket!
-One guy on here said his baskets are already showing signs of rust. Mine are in a few places, but I don't think they're going to fall apart any time soon.
OK now you might be wondering. WHY is the product worth 4 stars after all that negative information?:
-You can just THROW STUFF IN YOUR BASKETS and go. While the next bike nerd is still hooking up his $200 panniers, you already have a basket full of library books and you're on the road. While the next guy is trying to decide whether he should leave said panniers on his bike or carry them around all day, you have already returned those books to the library and are half-way to your autie's house.
-There are a gazillion bike gizmos that are made completely irrelevant by having baskets on your bike. Panniers? Seat bags? Frame mounts for (extra) water bottles, pumps, U-Locks, etc.? Never mind all that stuff. Just load up a small backpack, reusable shopping bag, drawstring bag, or fanny pack with everything you need for your day or week - including flat tire tools, U-Lock, extra water, wallet, food, WHATEVER - and throw it in the basket, maybe covering it with a couple of bungee cords.
-I am almost always carrying around my Fahgettaboutit U-Lock and my cheap combination cable lock (which I use to secure my wheels). Storing the U-Lock in a basket allows me to completely forget about the weight while I am riding, plus I don't have to worry about it falling out of inferior brackets. As a bonus, I can use the U-Lock as a weight to make extra sure that nothing falls out of the basket.
-The base dimensions match that of a standard shopping bag, which coincidentally happens to be the same dimensions of a standard styrofoam TAKE OUT CONTAINER. As a result, these baskets are incredible for getting carry-out orders. Your food will sit snugly in the bottom of the basket without moving until you are ready to eat. Incredible!!!
NOTE: I actually ordered my Wald 582 baskets from this product listing which at the present time presents a better price for the pair. When ordering your baskets make sure you know whether you are ordering 1 or 2. Chances are you want 2.
Installing can be easy or hard depending on what kind of rack you're attaching it to. If the included hardware doesn't fit your rack, a hose clamp (under $1 at your local hardware store) should do the trick, or you could use zip ties. Once you get it installed, it's easy to use... if you can get the catch to work. So buy the silver one, unless you plan to leave the basket open all the time.