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    I'm thinking of getting the Wald 135 Deep Sized Grocery Front Basket: do you think i should also get a rear one. Keep in mind I don't have a car, I might be getting one in June but that is not guaranteed and I'm gonna ride it to the store. Or do you think I should do a combination of a backpack and the basket? any one who's used a bike as their mode of transport would be useful in this situation.
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    If you ride very far, or in the heat, then I don't recommend a backpack. It can make you really hot and sweaty. And the baskets have a retro-cool thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanton Moore View Post
    If you ride very far, or in the heat, then I don't recommend a backpack. It can make you really hot and sweaty. And the baskets have a retro-cool thing.
    I'm in southern Florida, so the heat is unavoidable, so 1 vote for rear basket
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    I've installed those walds before, they are decent. Good looking, at least. That said, really loaded down they can mess with the steering. I've also put racks on the rear, and that can mess with the handling too.

    Too much weight on the back means if you're not gripping the handlebars tight you get a lot of front end shimmy. I'd imagine that the steeper (more upright) the steering tube angle, the worse that would be.

    Weight on the front end mounted on the bars will make steering slow, and you'll have to focus on the countersteering to make the bike go where you want without oscillating out of line.

    If you balance the two I don't know what would happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    I've installed those walds before, they are decent. Good looking, at least. That said, really loaded down they can mess with the steering. I've also put racks on the rear, and that can mess with the handling too.

    Too much weight on the back means if you're not gripping the handlebars tight you get a lot of front end shimmy. I'd imagine that the steeper (more upright) the steering tube angle, the worse that would be.

    Weight on the front end mounted on the bars will make steering slow, and you'll have to focus on the countersteering to make the bike go where you want without oscillating out of line.

    If you balance the two I don't know what would happen.

    What sort of bike do you have?
    a cruiser with peddle brakes
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    Hey prpl!

    I use my bike for transportation. I have a rear basket and I do the basket and backpack method. Although I'm considering getting panniers for the back, I think I'd be able to hold more stuff.

    If you don't mind going grocery shopping 2x per week, you could possibly even get by with just the basket and no backpack.
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    I like backpacks. I'd bike everywhere if I could - my bike, my backpack, and I. I can fit about three or four days of groceries in it, if you've got the willpower to make the trip so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    a cruiser with peddle brakes
    so high bars and upright angles and you're moving slow. i'd wait to see how it feels with a load in the front, i'd guess it would oscillate (left to right wide swooping) at low speed with weight but I'm no expert.

    it's probably nothing you can't deal with.
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    I had a basket and somebody stole it off my bike! I was so sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    so high bars and upright angles and you're moving slow. i'd wait to see how it feels with a load in the front, i'd guess it would oscillate (left to right wide swooping) at low speed with weight but I'm no expert.

    it's probably nothing you can't deal with.
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