Two months ago I started commuting daily with the most fashionable basket possible, Basil Blossom Basket. At first I felt like a nerd, I have a pannier on one side of my rear rack and then this large, in charge, basket up front. The more I used it, the more I fell in love.
Ease of Use
Take the basket on and off at your stops. The Blossom Basket I use does not need straps, hooks or any other device other than the wire hooks it is sitting on. Grab it by the handles and go!
Ease of Mind
Put your valuables, camera, jacket, pocket book or small dog in the basket. It keeps it well within your eye sight so you feel safer and that your belongings are more secure. In reality your goods are just as safe in a rear pannier.
A loaded down basket or front rack can really change the handling of your bike. Try such without anything loaded in the backet or rack. Test ride, add weight and repeat.
Your results may vary but I really enjoy the ride of my bike with basket up front.
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