For quite a while now, I've been pondering front load cargo options. Last week, I finally pulled the trigger on a front basket. It took me a while to make myself okay with a front basket (because I thought it might look incredibly dorky). But you can't beat the convenience and accessibility of it. Front rack and panniers add cargo capacity. But they lack the versatility that a basket offers. Panniers are only good if you have them with you. And I got stuck last week with no panniers and a lot of random cargo. So the basket was ordered.
The basket is from Wald and it's just zip tied to a cheap Nashbar front rack. Total investment is around $30. That's also a lot cheaper than a front rack and pannier combination. I've already got a waterproof drybag that I can use for foul weather excursions. It'll lay perfectly in the basket with a bungee.
I'm looking forward to this new cargo option. I think it'll make things a lot easier for all the everyday use when panniers don't quite work. Anyone else out there using a basket? Do I look like a total dork? :)
Get out there.