Wald baskets vary in size and price, and are available both online and at your local bike shop.
Last week I talked about Grant Petersen's new book, Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike. In his book, Petersen extolls the virtues of baskets, writing:
When you're after function and can give up the French country look, forget wicker, rattan, and wood baskets, and get an easy-loading, space-efficient rectangular one made of steel wire. The best are made by Wald, in Kentucky. They come chrome-plated or painted black, in enough sizes and styles and mounting methods to satisfy anybody.
I was glad to read this, because I think baskets are among most underappreciated of bike accessories. Racks are great, and I recommend them, but baskets are perfect for holding groceries. You don't need to remember your panniers or bungee cords.
The advantages of baskets go well beyond grocery shopping. Baskets are great for holding all kinds of objects, whether you're headed out to play hoops...
... or on your way to a party...
... a basket will come in handy. It's one the easiest ways to make your bike more useful.