Bike friendly basket

willow bicycle basket

willow bicycle basket

Katherine has donated this willow bicycle basket to a benefit auction for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, “advocates for a bike-friendly Washington”. She was asked to donate by Liz McNett Crowl the coordinator of Skagit County Physical Activity Coalition. Nothing makes a bike more friendly than a basket! (I guess that means we’re advocating for friendly bikes in a bike friendly place.)

removeable straps for attaching

removeable straps for attaching

Katherine has been working on her version of a basket to attach to the front handle bars. She decided an oval shape would work best for a variety of handles  and front cables. She has woven it with four slots to give some flexibility on how it is attached. It comes equipped with two adjustable straps with quick release buckles which makes it convenient to remove from the bike.

shoulder strap attaches to side loops

shoulder strap attaches to side loops

She also put two side loops on the basket for attaching an adjustable shoulder strap. You can remove the basket from the bike and conveniently carry it with you into a store or library, for example. The base, stakes, and border are made from peeled ‘buff’ willow which makes it fairly light weight. The side can be woven from one of the attractive colors of willow we grow; in this case a nice red.

willow bike basket and straps

willow bike basket and straps

When shopping for a bike basket, pay close attention to the number of stakes in the basket, and how the border is attached. There are a lot of cheaply made wicker baskets being sold for bicycles.

Better to buy a well made willow basket that can be a friend for life.

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2 thoughts on “Bike friendly basket

  1. Great to see a willow basket made for the handle bars of a bike. I always used to have a bicycle basket for shopping on my way home from work and when my children were small I had a special basket at the front of the bike where they sat facing me while I rode the bike.
    Lene

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