Alki Beach Basket from Detours: A review

These days, I’m all about fun on my bike. I’m ready to ditch the boring ol’ (but functional) panniers and go fun and funky. I’ve gotten a cute helmet cover, and now I’m sporting the coolest handlebar basket in town.

This basket, the Alki Beach Basket from Detours, is absolutely perfect for bumming around town. Although it’s been too cold to go for a swim in the lake, it would be perfect for a picnic at the beach too. Or a quick shop at the grocery store. Or a trip to the library…

Detours Alki Beach Basket

I especially love the bright color. It spunks up the bike real good!

Detours Alki Beach Basket

There is a pocket right in the front. It’s a flat one, so only good for papers and such, but it would be handy to put directions to the beach in. Personally, I’ve never used it.

Detours Alki Beach Basket

The basket is a good size. It’s large enough for quite a few items, but not overwhelming. I always carry my bike lock, and put my sweater in when I get warm. There is plenty of space for other stuff too.

Detours Alki Beach Basket

I appreciate the pockets on the inside. There’s a cell phone pocket and another zipped pocket to keep track of small items.

Detours Alki Beach Basket

It’s not water-proof, but this drawstring cover will keep most dust out, and would keep things sorta dry until you can get home.

Detours Alki Beach Basket

The basket is mounted on the bike via a quick-release mount. To put it on, just line it up and click it in. To take it off, just press the yellow button and it releases. Very quick and easy.

Detours Alki Beach Basket

Once it’s off the bike, it’s just a cute little basket to carry around! I use this when I go to the farmer’s market. It’s perfect!

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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4 Responses to Alki Beach Basket from Detours: A review

  1. Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain) May 19, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    This looks as if the mount goes right where my headlight mount already sits. Is that the case? If so, that’s a problem for everyday transport.

    • Nancy Sathre-Vogel May 19, 2013 at 12:38 am #

      @Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain), Yes, it does. My headlight is mounted down lower, so it works – barely. But if your headlight is right on your handlebar, then this won’t work. But then,no handlebar bag would work with a headlight on the handlebar.

  2. Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain) May 19, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    I have the Po Campo Six-Cornered Wristlet that buckles around the front handlebar and fits below the headlight mount. Since it doesn’t have its own separate mount it doesn’t interfere. They have another larger purse that bungees onto the front handlebars and also works. It’s the mounting system that’s the key.

    I’m in the market for a front basket to have more hauling capacity. Since Detours is right here in the town I now live in I’ll have to check out their other options. Thanks for posting the review!

    • Nancy Sathre-Vogel May 19, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      @Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain), I agree that the mounting system is the key. I’ve used three or four quick release systems and they all mount right at that same point. I assumed that if I wanted a quick-release handlebar bag, I would have to give up a light in that spot. Maybe I should look around and see what’s out there.

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