Pedaling a peck of blueberries

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.







Oma vs. the Honda Element

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?

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

3 thoughts on “Pedaling a peck of blueberries

  1. I love your set-up with the wald 257. What kind of hardware did you use to mount your B&M headlamp to the rack? I might try to steal that idea…

    • Hey Rob,

      I mounted the rack to the lowrider mounts on the front fork, which only required two of the four legs supplied with the rack. To mount the light I cut a piece out of one of the remaining legs and notched it with a grinder so it fit over the wires at the front of the rack. I just used regular 5mm allen bolts and nylock nuts to secure it. The wiring for the ling is routed along the rack and right leg down the fork using black zip ties. Nothing to fancy. Good luck with your project.

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