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Though it appears humble at first blush, the Blackburn Local Basket is one of the most powerful catalysts in the cycling world. Applying it to the front or rear of a two-wheel machine initiates a chain reaction that turns a mere bicycle into an all-purpose cargo-toting self-propelled conveyance machine.
Blackburn's universal swivel mounting hardware means this catalyst is compatible with virtually any adult-sized bikes—even those with disc brakes—though it does have a suggested tire clearance limit of three inches. The basket is finished with details that include a light mount, a strap hook, and a lock holster, and the included cargo net helps keep everything in its right place for the duration of the ride.
- A front- or rear-mountable bicycle cargo rack
- Universal hardware compatible with most road and mountain bikes
- Cargo net for security on less than ideal surfaces
- Mounting points for lights, cargo straps, and locks
- Item #BLB003A
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Turn That Commuter Into A Party Bike
Unloaded basket view
Turn That Commuter Into A Party Bike
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this to mount up on my commuter so I could rip around to pick up groceries, beer, etc. Way more convenient than a rack / pannier system. Literally throw it in, wrap the net up and over and cruise on that road to nowhere!
Like Dana mentions below, this does come with pretty vague instructions. If you're handy enough, you'll figure it out, but I would recommend planning on having some p-clamps, nuts & bolts, and some rubber shims (I use popped bike tubes cut into strips) if you need to improve some mounts or don't have any. Some bolts did loosen up on me (or just as likely I didn't end up tightening them initially). Make sure to check after a few trips with it to make sure all is tight and still good to go.
While it is heavy, it rides surprisingly well when loaded. I also really like that it includes a U-Lock mount, even if it slightly rattles when riding.
Heavy and hard to install, but solid
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Cargo racks and panniers are great for serious long-distance touring, but are often overkill for quick neighborhood trips and can be difficult to load evenly. This cargo rack is an excellent, easy-carrying solution for your run-around town bike. It's generously sized, easy to load and secure with the included cargo net, and perfect for carrying oddly shaped items like takeout food containers or a six pack of beer. I love that it can be mounted front or rear - throwing it on the front is excellent for quick around town trips and allows you to keep an eye on any precious cargo, like the aforementioned six pack.
The welds are all of excellent quality on mine which is reassuring as cheaper racks often fail due to poor welding. The rack seems somewhat over engineered which bodes well for long-term durability carrying heavy loads, but does make it quite heavy - even unloaded, you'll notice the extra weight on your rig.
Once installed this the rack is reassuringly solid, but the installation is surprisingly tricky and not aided by the vague, poorly written directions. There are a myriad of different options to mount and this should be compatible with almost any frame, but figuring out how exactly it attaches and getting it adjusted may be quite frustrating depending on your mechanical aptitude. Important side note - if you do not have rack mount eyelets down by your drop outs, you'll need to purchase an extra long quick release skewer separately in order to install this rack.
Blackburn Local Basket
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This basket is expensive but you get what you pay for. It's quality made and very strong. With proper installation it becomes part of your bicycle. The only thing that I didn't like was the instructions. The print was very small and hard to see and the details vague. Being very mechanically inclined, It still took me a little longer to install than I anticipated. Having a tube cutter is a plus. On my application (Boss Cruiser) I used the pivot points of the front brake cantilevers for the final support rods. But once you do eventually figure out the best installation procedure, I am sure you will be very happy with the baskets overall quality and functionality.
Does this rack have braze-on mounting points for a light? (Looks like it might have two on the front?)
Looks like it does not. The things below actually contain allen bolts to tighten the legs. I'm going to try to mount it to the thin slot at front. I'll update when I've done that!