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Wald 582 Folding Rear Bicycle Basket
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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.
Does the job. It's quite snug, and is resilient (I'm a heavy user, and my bike is my only means of transportation)
Tips and Tricks:
I've mounted two of these baskets on my Topeak Explorer Bike Rack , and they work perfectly on my Schwinn Men's 700C Hybrid Bicycle . As other users have mentioned already, you HAVE TO buy separate hose clamp or you won't be able to install it on your bike. I used 5 of these cheap Precision Brand M4S Micro Seal, Miniature All Stainless Worm Gear Hose Clamp, 7/32" - 5/8" (Pack of 10) for each basket.
As one user mentioned, the basket-closing hooks are really really difficult to move. He went on recommending buying mini bungee cords. However, I recommend oiling up the hook, and they will get easily fixed and movable. It worked for me just fine.
On a separate note, for some bicycles, including mine, the default Topeak mounting arms are too short. I ended up buying these Topeak Extra Long Mounting Arms for Explorer and Tourist Rack , and they work like a charm.
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.
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Ich finde dieses Konzept super! Meist sind die Körbe weggeklappt und stören nicht. Und wenn sie gebraucht werden, sind sie zuverlässige Helfer.
Der Kolb von "Wald" ist etwas dicker in den Drähten und in der Lackierung als die beiden Vorgänger, die ich von "Basil" hatte. Noch, nach bald einem Jahr in Wind und Wetter, ist er rostfrei...
Bin sehr zufrieden.