Meeting the demand to provide safe, practical load carrying capacity is something being sought for by active bike commuters.
Recently a bike tech. friend in Colorado sent me some photos of a Porteur build he had completed with a picnic basket strapped to the front. So I began researching my own simple Porteur Bike build. I chose the '87 Steel Lugged Fuji Sundance with stem shifters as a good choice for a build theme. As we own and operate an Organic Food Co-op this bike would make a nice display for some of our vendors and suppliers who sell their juices.
While looking over some of the choices for a sturdy rack style handlebar basket I considered the Velo Orange Porteur front rack as well as the Portland Design Works Do Anything Take Out Basket. With the simple design for ease of installation I selected the Origin 8 Classique Cargo Unit for less than sixty bucks.
A couple months ago there were no reviews on the Origin 8 Classique Cargo Carrier. I learned that it was rated for 55 Lb. capacity and only required the use of an open plate stem for installation due to the unique integrated handlebar and basket design.
I'm sure all of the products discussed work very well for different commuting needs or cyclist's style. I'm using my funky Sunlite Basket with my '98 Dahon Mariner. Worked real well one night while riding with my dog, holding his leash and he decided to go left while I was going straight off a curb. Laid it down pretty hard and the basket stayed on the bike.
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