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Old 04-20-2011, 02:13 PM
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Default 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.
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