Basket Case

Basket Case

from 175.00

The Basket Case embraces the insanity of a bike bag that doesn’t look like a bike bag. A bag that you plop in a basket, ride somewhere, and then carry comfortably on your body. A bag without metal hooks, dangly straps, or 27 attachment points. Insanity. 

Whenever people ask me for touring or commuting solutions, I immediately recommend they get a basket and a bag to go inside it. The Basket Case combines the accessibility of a rando bag with the versatility of a backpack or tote. This seamless bike commuter companion is just as handsome and practical off the bike. It handles a load of groceries with grace, looks just as fine filled with layers, lunch & laptop, or pile in touring essentials for a multi-day voyage.*

Enduring Features:

  • Fits Wald 137 basket

  • Super durable & water-resistant heavyweight waxed canvas holds its shape and ages like a fine wine

  • Double-slide zipper for easy access

  • Zip cover for water resistance

  • Two outer pockets with brass snaps

  • 3 inside pockets

  • Over 16 liters of total carrying capacity!

New for Fall 2018!

  • Hot pink recycled nylon liner makes it easy to find things inside, and adds water resistance.

  • Simplified, lightweight nylon hardware means no clanging against the basket—and a more secure attachment. Just loop the strap around your basket wires, thread through the lever-lock and snap closed.

  • An optional 2” wide adjustable cross-body strap can be added (or easily detached) for versatile carrying off the bike. If, like me, you tend to buy too many groceries, you can plop that extra grocery bag in your basket and wear your Basket Case home across your back.


  • Exterior: 18oz Martexin Original Waxed canvas

  • Front pocket design: 12 oz beeswaxed canvas & felted Merino wool

  • Hardware: brass snaps; Duraflex nylon d-rings & lever lock clasp

  • Webbing: mil-spec nylon

  • Liner: 210 Denier Regen™ Coated Recycled Nylon (made from commercial fishing nets!)

Dimensions: 13 x 8.5 inch base, 12 inches tall

This bag is normally made-to-order; there are a limited number in stock right now for immediate shipping.

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If you live in Portland and don't want your item shipped, please select "Local Pickup" as your shipping option and I will email you to schedule a pickup. And you can always email me with questions.


The basket pictured is the 1372 Front Basket made by Wald; these baskets are USA made, durable, affordable. You can see a full description and buy Wald baskets here, or in the real world at Golden Pliers. Wald Baskets come with their own mounting hardware, which works okay on some bikes, looks kinda clunky. I recommend visiting your favorite local, independent bike shop to see what front rack they recommend for your bike & basket setup. I cut the mounting hardware off my basket and zip-tie it onto the rack.

*The new basket attachment is the most subtle, minimal and practical solution I've found so far for connecting the Basket Case to the basket. I trust my customers innovative spirits will add a strap, bungee, whatever they feel necessary for the type of riding they do. I highly recommend adding a bungee net to your basket, especially if you're going on tour or riding off pavement. This adds security to your load and allows you to fill the basket even beyond the capacity of your basket bag. You can find bungee nets at Golden Pliers or your local independent bike shop, hardware stores and sporting goods stores. Also the snap straps are daisy-chained, so you can add carabiners through the loops if you'd like an alternative basket fastener.

And of course, if you have questions about how this bag will work for your bike setup, please email me and we can talk custom sizes.