Duncan's City Ride
A BikingToronto Blog
Simple and exceptionally useful. Copenhagen Parts integrate a front rack and handlebar and call it a Bike Porter. Just add bungees and packages and go!
via Copenhagen Cycle Chic
Duncan rides bicycles in the city of Toronto and contributes to the main blog of BikingToronto as well as writing and taking photos for his blog Duncan's City Ride.
Love the look, love the *idea* of carrying things on my handlebars but the execution really doesn’t work for me. I had a basket for a couple weeks and I found that even empty it changed my handling so much that a bump that would’ve jarred me a little sent me flying. Even a small parcel in the basket seemed to make steering particularly touchy.
Maybe it’s just me and my riding style that causes the trouble, though. Hard to say.
What I’d *really* like to find is a rear basket that doesn’t interfere with my panniers. I’ll admit it – I have one big reason for wanting a basket. It’s all about the takeout… And if I could find a good way to bring home a large pizza completely intact that’d be even cooler.
I think using a front rack just takes some getting used to. Cat’s Globe Live 1 has a similar rack, only mounted lower just above the front wheel. While heavy loads can give you a shift and wiggle up front, I find it becomes pretty predictable after having run a few errands. http://bikingtoronto.com/duncan/globe-live-1-review-by-my-girlfriend/
When I saw that rack a while back I instantly fell in love with it. Yes, it can’t hold as much weight as a regular rack but it’s great for carrying pizza, books, or even a laptop.
For people who want safe handling AND the ability to carry heavy/large loads there’s a rack that actually changes the front wheel size to a smaller 20″ wheel making it easier to steer:
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