|The original Pashley basket.|
Looks fine until you try to attach it to the bicycle.
Then it is too miniature!
Being a Roadie-centric retail outfit, the shop was filled with the usual clipless pedals and green lyrcra taint cushions but there was also a small collection of decidedly upright accessories. I had previously spotted the Bontrager faux-wicker front and rear baskets as well as some Brooks items and was keen to investigate. Fortunately for me, the macho branding of the shop had produced mainly macho customers and the demand for faux-wicker was low, to say the least. I was offered my front and rear baskets at a discount (though the Bontrager rear was incompatible so I ended up with a nice enough 'no-name' rear basket)
|'No-Name' basket even had a plate|
for rear light attachment!
|The Bontrager basket is satisfyingly large and the Pashley basket|
rest gives extra support to the handlebar mounted
quick-release system of attachment.
|"It's not you, it's me. And my regret at|
ever having purchased you."
After my silly grips purchase, I even toyed with the idea of crocheting brown covers for the plain Pashley.
|Honestly, the less said about that - The better.|
Thankfully, Pashleys come with lights and bell so my insanity was curtailed on that occasion. For the Schwinn Jenny I bought the cheapest, most standard wicker basket in the shop of bicycle purchase and have been looking for a larger and nicer one ever since.
|The quest for basket perfection is equalled|
only by the search for the perfect lip balm.
|Knog Boomers front and rear.|
I also bought Knog lights which happened to be available in almost the same colour as the frame. Although if I had my time over, I would have bought the USB rechargeable versions rather than the battery powered. There's nothing wrong with the battery powered, I'm just not very good at remembering to keep batteries in the house.
They also sold streamers and
|If you can only afford the low-end metal basket from|
your LBS, check out the dollar ribbon bin
in your local craft shop. This took me an
hour and one too many whiffs of super-glue.
|I'm not really one for adding a lot to my own bicycles|
(though I love to see it on other bikes) but even I
couldn't resist attaching a pretend poppy to my basket
because it matched the red clips on my bungee strap.