Re: quick release clamps for rear baskets?
I LOVE saddlebag baskets and had them as a kid- the trouble is they haven;t kept up with the cycling times- SOOOOO heavy!
I got some older ones used, made to fit across a fender- I've eliminated the heavy middle brackets and I'm gonna lash them to a lightweight alloy rack (also too hard to find- I've got a really really light one from the eighties)
and I'm gonna use PLASTIC tie downs- you get a big bunch in a bag for a dollar or two, they go right on- they're really strong- and you can cut them back off-
or there's alway rope or string or straps-
but if you start with a light alloy rack- you can save a lot of weight- there are SOME alloy baskets- very pricey.
I mostly use a front basket I get for 16 dollars at Wal-Mart- it goes on and off a plastic bracket that stays on.
wicker looks nice but catches a lot of wind at motor speeds- too wide spacing and small things will fall out-
top rear rack baskets hold a lot, but put the center of gravity higher- extra weight is best carried low if excessive
Last edited by Nashville Kat; 04-20-2011 at 02:17 PM.