How to Install a Rear Bicycle Basket

by Wade Shaddy
Install a rear basket on your bike for versatility.

Install a rear basket on your bike for versatility.

Old-school bike baskets are a cool, retro look for older bikes, kids bikes and cruisers. They also add functionality. After-market baskets are available at most bike shops or department stores. They attach just like rear cargo holders by connecting to the bike frame with hardware that comes with the kit. They are easy to install in about 20 minutes.

Lean the bike against a chair. Find two small holes located just above and slightly behind the wheel axle on both sides where the rear wheel attaches to the bike. Slip a 3/8-inch bolt through this hole from the inside of the wheel.

Pick up the basket assembly. Slightly spread the vertical arms and slip them down over the wheel. In the bottom of each arm there is a hole. Place the ends of the bolts through the holes. Place a nut on the bolts and tighten slightly using the 3/8-inch open-end wrench.

Pull the basket to a horizontal level, perpendicular to the tire. Reach underneath and pull out two horizontal arms. On the bike frame, just above the brake mounts, there are two welded-on attachments with holes in them. Align the two horizontal arms with these holes and put a 3/8-inch bolt through them. Put a nut on the bolt and tighten.

Reach underneath the basket and tighten four bolts, securing the basket to the horizontal arms using the appropriate wrench.

Pick up the bike by its seat and give the back tire a spin with your hands. Listen for any rubbing. If you hear any, find where it is rubbing and use your fingers to bend any arms that are rubbing on the tire. Tighten all bolts securely.

Items you will need

  • Rear basket kit with hardware
  • Wrench, 3/8 inch
  • Wrench, 1/4 inch

Tip

  • The welded-on holes may be 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch depending on the bike.

About the Author

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.

Photo Credits

  • buster in the bike basket image by alice rawson from Fotolia.com