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How to Choose a Bike Basket

Category: Featured Items, News

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How to choose a bike basket?

Well yes, there’s the question of  White Wicker, Dark Wicker, or Plastic or Metal…. However

There are actually  a few important things consider first
like which baskets will work best for your bike and your needs

Baskets attach to your bike in 3 Main ways:

1. With straps (preferably leather), attached to your handlebar

2. With a Quick Release Bracket

3. Fixed to your headset

Wicker baskets with straps are lovely, look classic, beachy and fun.

However, depending on your needs, and the stem on your bike, these baskets can tilt forward a fair bit.

Nantucket Cisco Basket on Electra Amsterdam

Electra Wicker with Straps on Electra Cruiser 7

Quick-Release baskets attach to your handlebars, and can be removed and re-attached with a release lever.

These baskets typically sit up more horizontal, and keep clear of any cabling your bike may have.

Electra Mesh QR Basket on Townie 7D

Axiom City Wicker DLX on Townie 7D

As a general rule, you should not put more than 10 pounds in a front-mounted bike basket.

Not that your basket won’t hold the weight, but the basket will begin to steer for you, and not typically in the direction you desire.

When baskets are attached to the handlebars, they are at the highest external pivot point of the bike, and the more weight in this area, the more your handlebars will want to flop from side to side.

If instead, you choose a Fixed Mount Basket, the basket will be attached at a lower centre of gravity.

So, it will not affect your steering as much. Plus, with supports attached to your fork, this style of basket will allow you to carry more weight. Some riders find up to 15 or more pounds, depending on your control.

Electra Steel Square Fixed Mount Basket

Electra Plastic Wicker Fixed Mount Basket on Electra Amsterdam Original

Once you’ve decided on which type of basket meets your function requirements, you can explore the plethura of fashion choices available!

Need to carry more than 10lbs?

Consider a rear pannier rack with a basket on the back!


Axiom Rear Shopper Basket

One Final Tip.

Do BE CAREFUL parking your bike with a full basket load. Once you put your kickstand down, if you allow your basket to lean in the same direction of your kickstand, you can expect to see your bike hit the ground.

Check out our grand selection of Baskets available In-Store or Online now!

Fun Gifts

Category: Gift Ideas

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If you’re looking for something a little smaller than a Bike to fit under the tree… We’ve got a great selection of Fun, Fashionable and Functional gifts in-store at the Denman Bike Shop for the bike enthusiast, or fun-weather rider in your life.

Now you can Shop Online for a few of your favourite things, in our New Online Bike Accessories Catalogue.

Most Every Woman wants a basket for her bike.
Here’s a few of our Favorites.

Nantucket Lightship

Nantucket Cliff Road

Brooks Hoxton

Phoenix Nano

We’ve cherry picked all the best baskets for you to choose from, and Our Selection is Huge!

NEW Knog Locks – in a variety of colours!

Kransky Purple

These Tough Locks are made with braided loose-bound steel cable, with a fibre core (stronger against bolt cutters), and are covered with surgical grade silicone.
They’re flexible and won’t scratch your frame, but they will match it!

Fancy NEW Bells in Stock.

We’ve got over a hundred different Bells to Choose from, so you’re sure to find something Fun and New

There’s even Decorative accessories like Handlebar Flowers, Handlebar Tassels, Cup Holders, Fancy Valve caps, to name a few.

If you’re looking for something more Functional, consider Riding Gloves, Cycling Glasses, Multi-Tool Kits, or a  Bicycle Repair Book.

To keep your loved one Safe & Stylish at the same time, we have Knog Lights in a wide variety of colours and the ever-popular Nutcase Helmets for adults and kids.

Or, check out our new line of BERN Helmets.  These babies fly off the shelves, with their stylish modern look, superior fit and safety rating.

Come into the store and check out all our Fun Gifts!

If you can’t decide, we also offer VIP GIFT CARDS!

Happy Holidays Everyone

Wonderful Wicker Baskets

Category: Featured Items

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Choosing a basket for your bike is a bit like picking out a new belt for a sweater.   The best way to do it is to take the time to hold the basket up to your bike a see how it looks!  Just as in fashion your basket doesn’t have to match exactly, but it should “go” with the look.    We’ve got a great selection of Wicker, wire or mesh baskets to choose from including the sturdy new Nantucket Bike Baskets.   Unlike other wicker strap baskets, the Nantucket baskets are really strong with leather straps that hold up.  Just remember when using a front basket that you should keep the load to under 10 lbs.   Otherwise, you won’t have adequate control of your handlebars!

Check out the super cool Nantucket Baskets that are in stock now and coming soon!