Getting good exercise is even more essential these days, and one great way to get outside AND get moving is cycling. But let’s face it – some of us just aren’t into bikes that look, well, too sporty, which accounts for the popularity of bicycles with a flowers-and-baguette-in-your-basket vintage vibe. That's why we've put together an edit of the best ladies' bikes with baskets.
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When it comes to both style and practicality, you can't beat a women's bike with a basket to carry everything you need. We love the vintage style bikes with baskets inspired by Audrey Hepburn, and Anne Hathaway showed how it's done in modern sophistication when she was spotted on set riding a mountain bike with a basket in the streets of New York City.
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A new bike is in order whether it is for fun, to get into shape or to use for a socially-distanced commute. Above, Anne Hathaway cycles on set in NYC
It’s important to remember that not only are bikes great for exercise, they’re a great independent mode of getting around that can lessen your time on crowded public transport when you're headed to school or work daily – something that’s definitely a plus as social distancing measures will likely be in place for some time, even as lockdown eases.
Already have a bike? Add a basket for style and functionality
PedalPro wicker bicycle basket, £9.99, Amazon
In fact, in honor of 2020 Bike Week last year, insurance company Urban Jungle revealed that there has been a big uptick in people cycling since the pandemic, with insurance enquiries up 60 percent year on year in May.
So are you ready to get cycling in style? Check out our edit of our favourite ladies' bikes with a basket, and keep scrolling for some great baskets, from pet carriers to retro wicker styles, to add to your bike if you already have one.
Best ladies' bikes with a basket - £350 and under
ROADSTER: Elops 520 City Bike, £249, Decathlon
If you're looking for an affordable ladies' bike with a basket, Decathlon's 6-speed roadster has a 4.5-star rating, comes in three colours and costs less than £250.
HYBRID: Pinnacle Californium 1 2020 Women's Hybrid Bike, £350, Evans Cycles
Also available in black, this bicycle has a retro style but with all the modern details you'll need, from Tektro 810C dual pivot caliper brakes to a lightweight aluminum frame.
CRUISER: Sunrise Cycles Women's Spring 6-Speed Bike, £349.99, Amazon
One of Amazon UK's top-selling bicycles in the Comfort & Cruiser Bikes category, this Sunrise Cycle 6-speed includes a rear pannier rack and wicker style basket on the front.
HYBRID: Cross Lady Beth Bike, £159.99, Argos
You can't beat the price on this budget women's bike with a basket. The six-speed heritage bike has mudgards, an adjustable seat and rear pannier holder and reviewers rave about this affordable bicycle, with 91% of buyers recommending the Lady Beth.
Best ladies bikes with a basket - £350 and up
HYBRID: Pashley Princess Sovereign 8 Speed 2021 Womens Steel Hybrid Bike, £944.99, Rutland Cycling
With it's 1920s-style design, it's hard to find a more classically stylish bike than the Pashley Princess. Despite it's vintage look it has decidedly modern specs, from the light handcrafted steel frame to the eight wide-ratio hub gears.
HYBRID: Pashley Britannia 5 Speed 2021 Womens Steel Hybrid Bike, £824.99, Rutland Cycling
A Pashley women's bicycle with decidedly retro vibes, the Britiannia is the bike brand's tribute to British heritage. Prepared for a great ride, rain or shine, this cool red hybrid features a chainguard, mudguards and weatherproof hub brakes and gears.
JXXU 7-speed City Leisure Bicycle, more colours available £368.17, Amazon
This Dutch-style cruiser, also available in yellow and mint green, includes not only a basket, but also a rear child seat with handle.
HYBRID: Liv Flourish I 2021 Ladies Aluminium Hybrid Bike, £698.99, Rutland Cycling
Liv is a cycling brand "created by women, for women" – and we love the features and design of their women's bikes. The Liv Flourish I hybrid has a lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame and will take you from city streets to country roads in style.
HYBRID: Willow Retro Bike with Basket, from £550, Raleigh
You'll be hard pressed to choose a colour of the Willow bike from Raleigh, as they're all so Instagrammable; bronze, cherry red or pink, pictured. It has all the classic styling of a vintage bike, including stand and basket, with the workings of a high-tech cycle.
Best electric ladies' bikes with a basket
ELECTRIC: Powabyke Budget City Shopper, £697, Electric Rider
If you want to move away from the vintage look, here's an easy e-bike with a low step-through frame, 250W motor and front LED light and electric horn for safety.
ELECTRIC: Cyclotricity Jade Electric Bike 2020, £699.99, Electric Rider
This cool e-bike has a 250W motor, LED dashboard and an 18" steel frame suitable for heights from around 5' 5" to 6' 1".
Best bicycle baskets
If you already own a bike, add a wicker, wire or canvas basket to tote everything from your groceries to your pet!
Barkbay bicycle pet carrier, Amazon,
The PedalPro is Amazon's #1 bestseller
PedalPro mesh bicycle basket, was £19.95 now £8.99, Amazon
KLICKfix drawstring basket, 9 patterns available, from £47.98, Amazon
Best bicycle accessories: panniers, helmets & more
Once you've got your bike and basket sorted, you'll need the kit too! Check out these accessories and safety gear below.
Using cutting edge technology, this one-size-fits-all helmet using a unique Enkayse liner so that you can use time and time again despite any bumps you might get along the way, while it is recommended that you should replace standard helmets after one knock. The helmet is available in a variety of different colours, or you can design your very own unique helmet, where you can choose any colour and add any pictures or text you fancy.
Hedkayse helmet, £150, Hedkayse
Waterproof pannier bike bag
There's nothing worse than arriving at your destination with a clammy back, which is why you might want to invest in a pannier. This waterproof bag is perfectly designed to carry your everyday items, and comes in three colours.
Waterproof pannier bike bag, £24.99, Decathlon
Of course, you'll need a rack to fit your new bag on too! This sturdy rack easily attaches to the rear of your bike.
Pannier rack, £26, Halfords
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