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Front baskets - the pros

They're handy and you can see your valuables when they're in front.
They look great - especially wicker.

Front baskets: the cons

Handlebars are not a great position to a place loads, as it makes the steering unstable. Worse with the 'lazy' geomentry of traditional town bikes - resulting in 'flip-flop' steering. If you want to carry big loads, you will be better off with panniers.

We do Wicker!

Eight of the best bikes for baskets

At Cycle Heaven, we understand the desire to have a front receptacle to put all those important little things in your life. We also appreciate the aesthetic appeal of wicker, despite being much maligned by some of the sniffier elements of the cycle trade. We have fitted hundreds of baskets over the years, so have learned a thing or two about the best ways of doing so. If you want a basket we'll fit it.

Our Baskets are durable and high quality, and once fittted by us will not wobble around, or fall off like some of that cheaper offerings available elsewhere. As baskets can get in the way of front lights, we will also make sure that your chosen lighting option is safe and effective.

Below is a selection of some of the best bikes equipped with, or suitable for, a front basket.  If not equipped, ask our advice about what to fit.

What to get

For a front basket, you basically have four options:

  • Steel for a contemporary look - usually in black, steel is smart, functional and cheaper.
  • Wicker for tradition. Looks great with retro styled bikes. Light and quite durable (we recommend that you varnish it).
  • Quick release - for light loads only. Good for your handbag, ready meal and a botttle of wine, but not much more.
  • Fixed is for heavier loads - with a support the reaches down to the front fork. For really big loads, consider bikes that come ready equipped with a front rack mounted basket - like the Miss Grace.

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2017 Ridgeback Tradition women's
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£399.99

Ridgeback Tradition
A classic looking everyday town bike in classic colours, the Tradition is nevertheless built using contemporary materials. Thus, a lightweight aluminium frame paired with...

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Gazelle Chamonix C7 Women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£799.99

The Chamonix C7, with its funky angular aluminium frame and rigid forks, is one of the most striking Gazelles and also one of the lighter models in the range. It...

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Gazelle Chamonix S27 Men's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£999.99

The Chamonix S27 is the lightest bike in the Gazelle range of everyday bikes, tipping the scales at a sprightly 14.4kg - not bad for a bike comfortably under £1000 and fully equipped with...

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Gazelle Chamonix S27 Women's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£999.99

The Chamonix S27 is the lightest bike in the Gazelle range of everyday bikes, tipping the scales at a sprightly 14.4kg - not bad for a bike comfortably under £1000 and fully equipped with...

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Gazelle Heavy Duty NL 7 speed men's/women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£729.99

The Gazelle Heavy Duty NL is a robust and practical load carrier for urban living. With a surprisingly light weight belying its appearance, it is very usable. If you are serious about sustainable...

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Ridgeback Avenida 6 2016
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£329.99

The Ridgeback Avenida 6 combines traditional upright town bike geometry and practical features with modern lightweight frame and components. In an effort to keep things very light and simple,...

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Ridgeback Tradition
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£399.99 Now only £329.99

Ridgeback Tradition
A classic looking everyday town bike in classic colours, the Tradition is nevertheless built using contemporary materials. Thus, a lightweight aluminium frame paired with a...

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