Bike Question: Reusable Plastic Bag Versus Metal Basket

Bike Question: Reusable Plastic Bag Versus Metal Basket

Jen DeRose
Oct 20, 2008

We need a basket for our bike. (Since we don't own a car, grocery store trips have always meant riding with an oversize tote weighing us down on one side, like one of those old V8 commercials.)

We were going to get a standard metal basket until we we were seduced by this colorful bag on the back of a neighbor's bicycle. Now we can't decide: recyclable, metal basket or colorful, reusable bike bag?

It looks like this bag is plastic, so a metal wire basket that's recyclable seems like the much more eco-friendly option. But this bag also seems rather sturdy and rain-proof, and we're smitten with that colorful, south-of-the-border, floral pattern.

Plus, it sure beats dangling two plastic grocery store bags off the handle bars.

So, which carry-all do you recommend? Should I not be seduced by some pretty pattern? Does anyone own a bag like this? Do you like it?

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