Yesterday Breakaway delivered three big boxes of shirts to our office using their Harry vs Larry Bullitt cargo bike. Later, over my lunch break, I pedaled the four miles over to the West Allis Farmers market to pick up a peck of blueberries and some other produce. The newish Wald 257 GB front rack on my 1986 Trek 620 was ideal for hauling the berries. I filled my rear panniers with carrots, kohlrabi, cantaloupe, summer apples and tomatoes.
For some reason, Wald does not have the 257 front rack on their website, but I had no trouble buying mine fromBen’s Cycle a couple weeks ago. In fact, they had two in stock.
I bent the handlebar bracket so the rack sits lower and further back on my bike. This also allowed me to mount it to the fork low-rider rack mounts with one leg each side, rather than the telescoping two per side that come with the kit. Because the rack mounts to the fork, unlike the frame mounted front rack on our family Workcycles Omafiets, it affects the steering under load. I much prefer frame mounted racks, but have not had the time to bend and braze one up for my commuter bikes yet. So I reserve truly heavy loads for Oma.
I can’t wait to go pick up a Jim Bob and a Nikki-Knack from Cranky Al’s (my neighborhood bakery for donuts and ‘za). The rack seems so perfect for delivering pizza, I’m thinking about quitting my job at the Bike Fed and going to work for Flavorcycle West. Liz, is that OK with you?