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    Wald Folding Baskets

    Anyone have a pair? What do you think of them?

    http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/...ingbasket.html

    They make a liner for them, but it does not look like it is waterproof or closes. I was thinking of making something waterproof that would velcro inside the basket and zip shut at the top.

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    Don't have! Agree looks interesting.
    Instead of making something waterproof, why not just use their insulated liner bag?

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    I was thinking of something that would be thin enough to fold up inside the basket, and still have a secure top. More like a combination of some of their bags. I also like making things myself. My mom lives about an hour away, and she can sew anything, so it is worth a try to me.

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    Had a pair and didn't like them. Noisy when folded, didn't seem up to holding much weight. Admitedly, a good liner would add much utility, but if you ae doing that, why not get a nice set of removable paniers?

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    ^^ Because a nice set of removable panniers cost more than I can afford right now and the baskets are cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emtnate
    ^^ Because a nice set of removable panniers cost more than I can afford right now and the baskets are cheap.
    True, but you're paying more for a vastly superior product.

    If you like making things, it might be worth your while to look at how a set of removable panniers are constructed and try to make a set on your own. I can't imagine that the cost of materials would be all that high. You'd get more bells and whistles buying new, but a canvas bag removable pannier with a velcro top would be pretty cool.

    I mean, if you're going to make a product on your own, emulate a good product instead of cheap product.
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    I've actually thought about making panniers. Canvas or cordura nylon by the yard is not cheap, but I think I could make (and have mom do the sewing) them for around $60. Coming up with the pattern is the tough part.

    The baskets do have an appeal, especially with riding to work and their supposed ability to hold a grocery bag. Just looking them online, I am skeptical they could hold much weight. Fungazi's comment makes me wonder about them.

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    Through 3rd hand experience I have heard that they can hold about 20lbs each. I do not know about the rattle when folded. Hope this helps.

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    I got a pair off Craigslist for $10! They werre attached to a Schwinn rack. I sold the rack for $10 on CL, so the baskets came out to be FREE! I was really surprised that someone bought the Schwinn rack, didn't think it would sell, but it did. I went on Ebay to see if there were any like it. There were a couple and they were going for more than $10. I just stuck with my price, and sold it to the first person who wanted it. I mainly wanted the baskets anyway.

    Haven't used them yet, still looking for a commuter/grocery-getter to put them on. I will hook them up to an Old Man Mountain Red Rocks. One thing about the baskets is that they are heavy, over 2 lbs each, if I recall. What I like about them other than that they fold away is that a regular paper grocery bag fits perfectly in them.

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