Wald Ewald’s 257GB Front Rack
Anyone who has ridden with me knows that I have a certain love of front racks. Around town or on a more formal bicycle tour, I prefer having as much as possible on a front rack. Not only can you see the cargo, I find that the bike handles better with cargo biased to the front as opposed to the rear. Wald baskets have been go-to solutions for everyday cargo since almost forever in bicycle terms—it’s safe to say that they know how to make a basket, and how to listen to their customers. The Ewald’s 257GB front rack is the latest offering to come from the 107 year old company that is still in the hands of the grandkids of founder Ewald Pawsatt. Seeing that countless big city food delivery drivers have hacked their delivery baskets to hold pizza boxes Wald took those general dimensions to create this rack. Fit to hold a 20″ pizza box, the rack is also well suited to anything else you can tie down as a capable flatbed with a short fence to help keep boxes on board. The legs are adjustable and fit conventional bolt-on axles or fork eyelets, but the newly designed bar clamps are the real story. For a long time Wald racks only fit one size bar, but that is set to slowly change with the introduction of this rack. The clamps fit bars from 22.2 mm up to 31.8 mm, and are extended to sit further from the bar for more brake and shifter clearance. They’ve also been upgraded to metric fasteners. While surely destined for countless delivery bikes, I expect to see this Wald rack on plenty of consumer level porteur style bikes that are actually being used to carry something. Available in any color you like as long as it’s gloss black, the rack is so new that it isn’t on Wald’s website just yet. Expect to pay about $50 for it from your local shop. See the whole line of Made in the USA baskets and racks from Wald at www.waldsports.com.