WHERE IN SWEDEN TO GET BASKETS AND PANNIERS?
February 14, 2006
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Hi, I live in Sweden. Although
we bicycle a lot here there are very few types of bicycle
baskets to buy. About 3 or 4 different models, of almost
the same size, that's all.
I sell on Ebay and as my bicycle
is my only way of transporting things to the Post Office,
I need as many baskets/panniers I can put on my bicycle.
Until now I've had two Swedish (not very big) wire baskets
on the rear end and a former shop exposure basket (the kind
for displaying smaller items in shops) in the front. I attached
it with various kinds of nuts, bolts, and whatever I could
think of, since it's not made for a bicycle. It's bigger
than the biggest bicycle basket, that's why I use it. But
it's kind of wiggly since I can't get the proper fittings
Do you know if Wald has any European
distributors? It doesn't have to be in Sweden. I have e-mailed
them several times but they don't answer. I would like to
buy their largest front basket, the one that is 21x15x9,
but it would be too expensive to buy it from USA (plus the
customs, taxes, postage, and other fees would raise the
price more than 100%).
Are there other brands of baskets
of the same size (or bigger, I would love to have one that
Also, my rear baskets I have been
forced to attach with various screws and bolts, otherwise
they get stolen. And they are too small; Swedish bicycle
baskets are slightly conical so they narrow towards the
bottom. For example, to put a plastic grocery bag in there
with letters or groceries mostly means that they stick when
you lift them out, and the bag gets tornand sometimes
so do the contents.
So I've been thinking of buying
two large, waterproof panniers so I can easily pack them
in my apartment (for mail) or in the grocery store (for
food) and don't have to keep them attached to the bicycle
all the time but carry them on and off. As I have never
had panniers before I find it very difficult to look at
all the different brands and types. I've been searching
on the Internet but it's too confusing.
My main requests are that they are
a) big, b) waterproof (without having to put on extra protection
covers, and c) easy to lift on and off but staying securely
in place when riding, even if they are loaded with heavy
things. I wouldn't mind if the price is reasonable either
(I don't care about brands, just function).
I would be very grateful if you
can help me. Thanks in advance.
I cant help you with Wald.
However, my utility-biking friends on the continent recommend
the products from a German company called Klickfix.
While I cant speak from personal experience, Klickfix
seems to have a wide array of carrying products for bicycles,
including both front baskets and rear panniers. It looks
like they do have a waterproof cover for their panniers.
Plus, they have a distributor
Though you seem pretty good with
hardware, note that my book, Urban
Bikers Tricks & Tips, has a bunch of illustrations
on creative ways to attach carrying accessories.
Congratulate me for not making any