Original article by Brand Ambassador Lindsay Ponta: Shrimp Salad Circus
I’ve been blogging for quite awhile, and mostly I just try to enjoy the ride. I obsess over every photo and take 23 shots for every one that ends up on the blog. I do what I love and try to perfect it, and sometimes it works, and that’s great. And sometimes it intersects with what I love in my “non-blog life,” and that’s the absolute best. And this is a prime example of that.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m a Schwinn Ambassador this year, and that means that I got to surprise Andrei with a brand new, shiny-wonderful Schwinn bike to replace the one we left behind when we moved. This has been a perfect opportunity to turn my obsession for finding the perfect combination and the ideal photo into something you guys can actually use. Plus, now Andrei and I have adorable matching his and hers bikes!
HOW TO CHOOSE A BIKE BASKET
If you want some storage on your bike, a basket is a great way to go, but you’re not limited to something that’s specifically made for bikes! Three of these that I’ve featured here are actually just home storage baskets, but they work wonderfully on the front — or the back — of a back.
If you’re using something that wasn’t specifically built for mounting on a bike, just use some heavy wire from the hardware store to wrap through the basket and around the bike. Secure it in a few places to keep it from wiggling around.
Now read on to see how I styled four different basket, and tell me: which one is your favorite?!
1. Classic Wicker Bike Basket – This is the standard Schwinn classic — a workhorse that snaps on and off and holds about as much as a medium-sized purse. It’s adorable, iconic, and especially good for bikes without a front mount. It fits perfectly onto handlebars alone. Check it out here!
2. Copper Wire Basket – This one’s definitely a bit “out there” as far as bike baskets go because it’s not wicker, doesn’t have a tight weave, and isn’t an old crate. At first glance, it might not be the most practical addendum to your bicycle, but it’s honestly my favorite.
The weave is really open, so it’s not great for throwing your keys into and hitting the road, but it’s still perfect for holding a purse or tote bag, and it looks absolutely gorgeous when you’re riding around town!
3. Whitewashed Wooden Crate – This one immediately brings to mind the old milk crates that everyone straps to the back of a bike. It’s a workhorse and just the right fit for toting around everything you need. If you’re looking for a slim, sleek profile, it might be a bit bulkier than you want, but otherwise it’s a classic option that’ll complement any bicycle profile.
4. Wicker Box Basket – This big, boxy container is the perfect combination of the classic wicker bike basket and the workhorse milk crate. It holds everything you need, but it has a beautiful, sleek profile and fashion-forward vibe. You should be able to find something to suit in smaller or larger sizes to fit any need, and you can just throw anything — keys included — in the basket and hit the road without worrying about anything falling through.
Lindsay rides the Schwinn Traveler
See more from Brand Ambassador Lindsay Ponta at her blog: Shrimp Salad Circus
Lindsay Ponta is a creative spirit with a penchant for cats, travel and making something from nothing. She writes Shrimp Salad Circus, a daily DIY and lifestyle blog and brand, to help people find their inner creative. Lindsay’s work has been featured by Apartment Therapy, The Beauty Department, Fossil, Good Housekeeping, HGTV and more. When she’s not blogging, Lindsay is a calligrapher and hand-lettering artist. Besides being a crazy cat lady, Lindsay’s greatest passion is travel; she’s been to 27 countries — and counting!