Nashbar Townie Basket

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Nashbar Townie Basket
While envisioned as the perfect means to transport a bag of groceries, the Nashbar Townie Basket is the ideal means to handle pedal-powered errands of any sort in your locale. Constructed from a sturdy nylon fabric, it's built to last without weighing you down. Additionally, its easy mounting/removal plus a convenient handle ensure you'll be good to go when you're off the bike as well.
  • Sturdy nylon fabric is both lightweight and built to last
  • Compatible with all standard racks
  • One main compartment provides plenty of storage space
  • Light tabs on front and rear enable easy attachment of lights for increased visibility
  • Reflective threading adds to low-light visibility
  • Handle provides off the bike convenience
  • Folds flat when not in use
  • Rigid back and bottom provide structure and support
  • Sold individually
Nashbar Townie Basket
  • WEIGHT 745 grams
  • DIMENSIONS 12-1/2"(L) x 10-3/8"(H) x 8"(W)
  • NUMBER OF POCKETS 1
  • MATERIAL 600D Polyester
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Townie Basket
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to mount (6)
  • Durable (4)
  • Good grip (3)
  • Good lip (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Bike commuting (6)
  • Short rides (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (4), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

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5.0

New and improved; just what I needed.

By CeliaThePoet

from Buffalo, NY

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Mount

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bike Commuting
    • Long Rides
    • Short Rides

    Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

    This pannier is a redesigned version of the one I've had on my Electra Townie since about 2006. This one has better structure, seems more durable and has the same qualities of portability and water resistance. I especially appreciate the improvement in the mounting hardware--much better and I think it will last longer.

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    5.0

    solid attachment and folds out of the way

    By Kiltguy

    from Central Coast, California

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Mount

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bike Commuting
      • Shopping

      Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

      These bags fold up very nearly Flat. They stay out of the way like that until you need them.

      The attachment system is both simple and clever. Rubber coated metal hooks go on your rack, then velcro straps keep them from ever bouncing loose.

      I also like the handles. They are not in the way on the bike and are very handy carrying the bag through farmer's markets.

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      5.0

      Awesome carrier bag!

      By pelli73

      from midwest

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great For Farmers Market
      • Sturdy
      • Super Quick To Mount

      Cons

      • None Yet

      Best Uses

      • Bike Commuting

      Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

      This bag is perfect for short runs to grocery store (the built in side straps hold a champagne bottle perfectly!), commuting to work, and trips to the Farmers Market! Deep enough that items don't bounce out on bumpy streets/sidewalks, just big enough to hold all you need for cycling to work.
      The only confusing part was how it mounts-this hangs off the side of a carrier like a small saddle bag.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Quick, functional, great value

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      By Lex

      from Fort Worth, Texas

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

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      Pros

      • Easy To Mount
      • Folds Flat
      • Good Grip
      • Good Lip
      • Lightweight
      • Quick Attach Detach

      Cons

      • Dry Weather Only

      Best Uses

      • Grocery Shopping
      • Quick Errands

      Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

      If you have only one bike to handle everything, from casual rides to errands, these half-height Townie folding baskets are perfect for dropping in those full sized brown paper sacks still used by Braum's and a few grocery stores. Or they'll hold four filled plastic bags (or more partially filled bags). And they're fine for loose items like loaves of bread, egg cartons, even jugs or boxes of cat litter.

      Unlike most metal folding baskets, I can quickly attach or detach the Townies as needed. The built-in bungee cord hooks into an eyelet on your rear rack. Lift and hook the vinyl coated metal hooks over the top rail of the rear rack. Done. Just as quick to detach if you prefer to take the bags inside the store for security or convenience. The panniers include three Velcro-type tabs to wrap around the rear rack top rail for extra security.

      The material and construction offer a good compromise between utility with light weight, low bulk when not in use and quick attachment/detachment ease. The material appears to be lightweight ripstop nylon, reinforced with sheets of fairly rigid plastic on the bottom and inside wall. A simple metal hinge attached to the plastic sheets hold the baskets open or closed.

      Folded up or opened, there's enough room on top of the rear rack between the Townie Baskets to accommodate a narrow trunk bag. Or carry a cargo net and you can stack a big jug of cat litter, bulky packs of toilet paper or anything similarly sized between the baskets.

      There's no lid and the bags have no drains, so these are intended for fair weather use only. And the lightweight fabric probably won't hold up to tossing in a bunch of loose tools.

      I rode several miles in a 15 mph headwind with gusts up to 25 mph and felt less drag from the empty, folded Townie baskets than I did with my usual large trunk bag. Only strong side gusts reminded me there was anything attached to the rear rack. So the Townies won't feel like a drag when your day includes a recreational ride before filling the bags with groceries.

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      1.0

      Bring Back The Original Townie.

      By Surly Dean

      from Greenfield, WI

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Inferior Stiffeners
        • Smaller Than Original

        Best Uses

        • Replacing With Originals

        Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

        Bring back the original Townies! If you do, I'll take four.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good to go

        By gorob23

        from Manhattan Beach

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Mount
        • Good Grip
        • Good Lip
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bike Commuting
          • Short Rides

          Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

          Exactly as described. Goes on and off easy, great for some beach gear also..
          Too bad it isn't sold as 2 pieces I would have given a 5 star. That would have been perfect!

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          5.0

          Great Basket!

          By Mom

          from San Francisco

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Mount
          • Good Grip
          • Good Lip
          • Great For Textbooks
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bike Commuting
            • Long Rides
            • Short Rides

            Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

            I bought one basket for my son and he liked it so much he asked for a second. Now he has a Nashbar trunk for his gear and the baskets take the textbook weight off of his back. They fold down nice and flat when not in use.

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            5.0

            Works great for holding Goods

            By Kodiakman

            from st.peter, MN

            About Me Avid Cyclist

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            Pros

            • Easy To Mount

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bike Commuting

              Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

              I'm very pleased with the quality and price.

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              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great basket for errands and commuting

              By funnyperson1

              from VA

              About Me Commuter

              Pros

              • Collapses When Not In Use
              • Fast Removal
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Velcro Weak

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City

              Comments about Nashbar Townie Basket:

              I've only used this for three days, but I'll never go back to strapping my backpack to my rack. I used to spend 10 minutes every morning putting stuff in my backpack and trying to balance and strap the bag to my rack with bungees. Now I simply throw stuff in the basket and head off.

              The basket has impressive volume. I've taken a package to USPS, grocery bags, thick jacket, clothes, etc. It's a little small for me to fit my massive backpack into it, but a smaller backpack, laptop, or messenger bag would be easy to throw in.

              For my purposes (commuting, occasionally running errands, etc) this is great. I prefer it to panniers as I really don't have to pack it, I can just throw whatever bag I want to use into the basket. I got this over the Wald folding baskets as I like to ride my roadbike recreationally as well, it's nice to just pull this off in like 30 seconds without tools if I don't want the extra weight. It's also much lighter than those metal baskets.

              One concern I have is that after my ride I noticed that some of the velcro straps were open, and I could have sworn I'd attached them properly.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
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              • No

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