Sure, riding a bike is fun on its own. But what ride isn’t made better with a bike basket? If you’re looking for a simple way to accessorize your child’s bike, kids bike baskets and bags are our number one recommendation. Gone are the days of cheap, plastic wicker baskets being your only option. The modern kids bike basket might actually be a bag, and will certainly come in fun colors and designs well-suited for boys or girls!
Our Favorite Kids Bike Baskets
|Kids Bike Basket||Why We Love It||MSRP|
|Electra Kids Velcro Handlebar Bag||Adorable designs for girls and boys||$22|
|Electra Kids Honeycomb Bike Basket||Metal bike basket with a modern twist||$24|
|Bontrager Kids Handlebar Bag||Enclosed for secure storage||$29|
|Biria Kids Bicycle Basket||Durable metal and lots of color options||$29|
|Schwinn Girls Bicycle Basket||Classic plastic girls bike basket||$13|
|Colorbasket Junior Bike Basket||Colorful wood wicker baskets||$20|
|PoCampo Speedy Handlebar Bag||Great fit for a water bottle||$35|
|Kulie Kid's Bike Bag||Lunch bag for bike commuters||$34|
|Haba Doll Bike Basket||A bike basket designed for dolly!||$15|
Fun Designs for Girls and Boys
Electra’s handlebar bags take the concept of kids bike baskets to a new level! With adorable designs for girls or boys, these bags win the prize for biggest “wow factor”. With simple Velcro loops that attach to the child bike’s handlebars, these bags are easy to attach or take off.
The water resistant, 100% polyester sides are very flexible, so the bag easily moves to accommodate whatever treasures your child puts inside. The downside is that the long flat bottom doesn’t have support, so heavy items will cause the bag to sag.
Girls Bike Basket with a Modern Twist
If you’re looking for a more traditional kids bike basket, the Electra Honeycomb Handlebar Basket brings a sleek and modern twist with their circular metal pattern. It’s available in a variety of fun colors for girls and boys.
This bike basket comes in two different mounting styles. One has hooks that are placed over the handlebars, the other has straps and buckles to attach the basket to the handlebars. There’s also a Velcro loop to wrap around the bike’s head tube that keeps the basket from clanking around.
Enclosed Kids Bike Bags with Handle
We love the Bontrager kids bike bags for their versatility! Enclosed like a messenger bag, they’ll keep whatever your child is bringing along for the ride much more secure than most other baskets and bags. And with a handle at the top, these bags are great for carrying by hand as well.
Bontrager kids bags feature two covered pockets – one large inner pocket, and a flat front pocket for papers or small items. The bags are secured easily via two Velcro loops onto the child bike’s handlebars. And with cute designs for boys and girls… these bags are a clear winner!
Budget Friendly, Colorful Kids Bike Baskets
Biria’s bike baskets are sturdy, and meant to take a beating by kids! While Biria makes a variety of bike baskets, these particular baskets are smaller to better fit on kids bikes. Available in a variety of bright colors for boys and girls, some options also come with playful emoji decals. We also love that they have a handle for use off the bike as well.
Best Classic Plastic Girls Bike Basket
Feeling nostalgic for your own childhood? Schwinn’s plastic girls bike basket may be cheap, but it’s actually a pretty solid little container. Straight out of the 80’s, this woven pink and yellow basket is a classic that keeps on giving. As a modern bonus, the flowers actually light up!
Colorful Wicker Bikes Baskets for Kids
MSRP: $20 – $25
Woven wicker baskets are one of the most classic bike basket options. Popular with adults, Colorbasket makes a smaller Junior basket that’s better suited for kids bikes. They don’t have a ton of color options, but enough to easily find a good match for most girls and boys bikes.
A Great Bag for a Water Bottle and Snacks
With secure velcro handlebar straps and a large zippered pocket, the Po Camp Speedy Handlebar Bag is ideal for carrying a kids water bottle and a few snacks. We love that the bag is relatively short, making it a good fit for both small and larger kids bikes.
Be aware that the front flap doesn’t stay secured very well. Its molded closure won’t snag like velcro, but came undone several times during our test rides. Despite this flaw, we loved the bag’s main compartment enough to keep using it for water and snacks!
Lunch Bag for Bike Commuters
As the largest bike basket or bag on our list, the Kulie Kid’s Bike Bag is a best fit for older boys and girls on 20″, 24″, or 26″ bikes. With a spacious interior pocket, this bag is perfect for little bike commuters that need a dedicated space to transport their lunch to school.
Attaching to the handlebars via very strong velcro, it stays in place, but is easy for kids to remove once they arrive at their destination. It even comes with a detachable cross-body strap for transportation by foot. (FYI, it doesn’t have a handle for carrying by hand.)
Because the bag isn’t insulated, you may want to put your child’s insulated lunch bag inside of it. We stuffed our lunch bag full and it still fit in the Kulie bag!
A Bike Basket for Dolly!
We love this little dolly bike basket soooo much. While most doll bike seats are unnecessarily complicated to attach to the child’s bike, the Haba seat is simple. It has three velcro straps that attach around the bike’s handlebars and stem. It’s a great fit for balance bikes and pedal bikes, and is impressively well made for the price. It seriously might be the best $15 we’ve ever spent.
How to Choose the Best Kids Bike Basket
One quick search on Amazon, and you’ll discover that there are a ton of options for girls and boys bike baskets. But besides “cuteness factor”, what else should you consider?
Bike Basket Material
Bike baskets and bags come in many different styles – plastic wicker, wood wicker, mesh metal, and fabric. Fabric bags tend to be flexible and can sag with the weight of heavy items inside. Metal, plastic, and wicker baskets retain their shape.
Basket Size and Bike Size
You’ll need to consider how large the basket will be in comparison to your child’s bike. Most brands make smaller junior bike baskets for kids bikes. That said, even some kids bike baskets will be large on a balance bike or 12″ or 14″ bike. Here you can see the Bontrager Kids Bag on a large 20″ kids bike and a 14″ kids bike.
Fabric baskets or bags have the potential to be problematic on a small 12″ or 14″ bike. Because carrying heavy items can make the bag sag, the bag could end up hitting the bike’s tire.
How does the basket attach to the bike?
Almost all kids bike baskets attach to the bike via the handlebars. Most attach via Velcro straps or rigid metal hooks. Some have leather loops and buckles. Cheaper baskets have plastic loop attachments. For the most part, they are all exceptionally easy to take on and off the bike.
However the bag attaches to the handlebars, bikes with dual brake cables in front of the handlebars make it more difficult. We were able to fit bags and baskets around brake cables, although the baskets tended to work better in this scenario.
Does handlebar shape matter?
We were able to fit our bike baskets and bags on every bike we tried, but handlebar shape and height does play a factor in how well the basket fits.
Taller handlebars with a cross bar keep the bike basket higher and away from any interference with the front wheel. This is most important with small 12″ and 14″ bikes. It’s still possible to have low handlebars and use a bike basket though!
Does a kids bike basket need a handle?
We love kids bikes baskets with handles because they become multi-purpose. When not riding their bike, your child can take the basket off to gather treasures on any adventure they choose.
The capacity of the basket is most important if you’re planning on using the basket for functional purposes such as bringing along a lunch or carrying a water bottle or light jacket.
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