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    I'd take it to a bike shop and see what's compatible before you pay for anything.

    You're going to be able to hold the most with a rear-rack and panniers, but those are expensive. Cheaper options include a rear-rack and milk crate on top, and a backpack.

    Also: your bars might make installing weight-bearing a basket difficult, because it's towards the pleasure geometry end rather than the workhorse end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    I'd take it to a bike shop and see what's compatible before you pay for anything.

    You're going to be able to hold the most with a rear-rack and panniers, but those are expensive. Cheaper options include a rear-rack and milk crate on top, and a backpack.

    Also: your bars might make installing weight-bearing a basket difficult, because it's towards the pleasure geometry end rather than the workhorse end.
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    I texted my dad and asked him to ask his friend who knows a lot about bikes for reccomendations, and my dad's like i'll show him the bike (I also texted a pic of it) and he might have something lying around that he might give me. so I might not have to pay for it, but not holding my breath at the same time.
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    I've always thought bike baskets to be handy and felt it would be useful, but they're also considered girly, and I won't use one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winds of Thor View Post
    I've always thought bike baskets to be handy and felt it would be useful, but they're also considered girly, and I won't use one.
    i dunno there's some masculine looking ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winds of Thor View Post
    I've always thought bike baskets to be handy and felt it would be useful, but they're also considered girly, and I won't use one.
    Panniers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Panniers!
    Huh?
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    It's a bag or basket attached to the side of the rear bicycle rack like this:


    Fairly unisex in my opinion. And they can have a huge capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Panniers!
    yeah i second this from a handling and capacity standpoint. best solution.

    but for simplicity a plain ol basket is probably fine. some people find taking panniers on and off/setting them up difficult.

    despite the unpleasant handling characteristics with a lot of weight i've used a rear rack and been just fine.

    i don't have any pics but i modded my rear rack with a piece of 5mm underlayment (like thin plywood). I radiused the edges with a jigsaw and coated the whole thing in polyurethane (underside with truck bed undercoat for rain proofing would be a good idea but i just thick enamel coated). then I screwed this into the aluminum rack with sheet metal screws. basically made a platform for strapping stuff down and it blocks rain too. and the wood top looks kinda cool. bike is in another state otherwise i'd take a picture.

    i actually just made it as a test and never took it apart. also, now I can carry light passengers on the bumper, but that's probably pushing it too far.

    edit: so the benefit of the platform is you can strap a back down and not worry about the straps hanging down, or you can drop a basket on top and strap the whole thing in place and then remove it. also good for carrying the big u locks flat. etc. it's just a small improvement over a regular rear rack. you can probably buy something like it ready made.
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    Yeah I want to get some, but right now I just use a basket and bungee cord to keep stuff falling out of the basket. Will see how far the grocery store is after I move probably.

    @Bamboo, I can't quite picture what you are saying with the plywood. You affixed it to the top of the rear rack?
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