Basil Bike Bags, Bike Baskets & Bike Baskets for Dogs
FAQ
1 Questions about Rainwear
1.1 When should I choose a product from the Hoga, Mosse or Skane series?

The type of rainwear you choose ultimately depends on what you plan on using it for.  Do you require rainwear for daily use, such as for commuting? 

  • Hoga series: The rain trousers, jackets, rainsuits and ponchos in the Hoga series are ideal for everyday use. This unisex rainwear has a breathability rating of 5,000 MVP with a similar waterproof rating  (5.000 WP).  
  • Mosse series: The rain jackets from the Mosse series are designed to be worn every day, whatever the weather. Mosse series garments offer the same level of performance as products from the Hoga series, including 5,000 WP/5,000 MVP ratings. However, more casual and fashion-focused products can be found in the Mosse collection.
  • Skane series: The Basil Skane range has been designed for the commuter who demands the very best from their bicycle accessories. The two-way stretch T-Fabric boasts 10,000 WP/10,000 MVP ratings and is incredibly lightweight. It's also independently certified by BlueSign, making it an eco-friendly option. Unique features include a special hood that allows a helmet to be worn underneath.
1.2 How do I choose the right size when buying rainwear?

To find the right size for you, check out our size charts for our various collections:

  • Hoga series size chart
  • Mosse series size chart
  • Skane series size chart
1.3 What does T-Fabric 5,000 and T-Fabric 10,000 stand for?

T-Fabric stands for Tech Fabric, a specially engineered two-layer fabric developed by Basil. The 5,000 and 10,000 refers to the water column and gives an idea of the kind of waterproof and breathability performance of the fabric itself. The higher the water column, the more waterproof a garment will be. The same logic applies to rainwear breathability. Garments with a degree of breathability ensure moisture only travels from the inside of the garment, rather than letting it penetrate the exterior.

1.4 How do I maintain Basil rainwear?

You will find clear washing instructions on the care label of the rainwear. We recommend following these washing instructions exactly. You can wash rainwear separately from other garments at 30 degrees Celsius. When washing rainwear, use mild soap and never add fabric softener. Once washed, let rainwear dry naturally and never tumble dry.

1.5 How do I maintain Basil rainwear?

You will find clear washing instructions on the care label of the rainwear. We recommend following these washing instructions exactly. You can wash rainwear separately from other garments at 30 degrees Celsius. When washing rainwear, use mild soap and never add fabric softener. Once washed, let rainwear dry naturally and never tumble dry.

1.6 What does the water column mean?

The waterproof rating of riangear is illustrated in water column mm. This refers to the waterproof capacity of the fabric used to produce the garment. It is also commonly abbreviated as WP. 

 

  • 5,000 WP = the water pressure of a 5-metre column on one square centimetre. 
  • 10,000 WP = the water pressure of a 10-metre column on one square centimetre. 

 

Fabrics with 3,000 WP can be considered waterproof. For rainwear, 5,000 WP is standard. Basil's rainwear boasts a breathability rating of 5,000 or 10,000 WP, depending on the collection.

1.7 What does breathability mean?

A breathable garment prevents rainwater from penetrating the surface, but also wicks away sweat. Breathability, often referred to as MVP, is measured as follows:

  • 5,000 MVP = grams per square metre per 24 hours (g/m2/24h) (4.5 litres of water vapour)
  • 10,000 MVP = grams per square metre per 24 hours (g/m2/24h) (9 litres of water vapour)

 

Sweating is unavoidable when undertaking physical activity, but the amount you perspire depends on your exertion levels. The more you exert yourself, the greater the degree of perspiration. We have tailored our rainwear accordingly. Take for example the Basil Skane collection. Rain jackets and trousers in this series are specially designed for everyday cycling and the commuting crowd. Skane garments are designed to perform for longer distances and higher speeds. As such, the Basil Skane collection boasts a high ventilation capacity of 10,000 MVP. 

1.8 What is BlueSign?

BlueSign is an independent Swiss certification that strives to guarantee the health and safety of consumers and employers, as well as aiming to reduce water and air pollution. The standard is mainly utilised in the production and processing of textiles and clothing. This helps ensure that fabric dyeing and processing is carried out in a sustainable way. 

 

The Basil Skane collection has independently been awarded BlueSign certification.

1.9 What is Bionic Finish® Eco?

A DWR coating is regularly used to ensure that rainwear is water repellent. This is a chemical coating that prevents larger raindrops from penetrating the exterior fabric. At the same time, it allows condensation from perspiration to escape. Bionic Finish®Eco is a durable alternative to DWR coating. A Bionic Finish® ECo coating is created with eco-friendly natural ingredients, while a DWR coating does not degrade. 

 

Bionic Finish® Eco is an independent label from the Rudolf Group that Basil is permitted to use for Basil Skane high-vis products.

2 Warranty
2.1 Where can I make a complaint or enquire about a warranty?

Your point of contact for complaints or information about warranties depends on the point of sale where you purchased Basil product. Please first contact the retailer (online). If you have to return to a physical retailer, make sure you bring proof of purchase along with you. 

 

All of our products have a statutory two-year warranty. Furthermore, Basil Kavan Eco classic bicycle bags come with an extended 10-year warranty that covers production and material defects.

2.2 Warranty on bicycle accessories made from natural materials

For rattan and wicker bicycle baskets, we provide no guarantee on material. These baskets are made from 100% natural material. This material not only provides baskets with a beautiful aesthetic, but they also ensure products are environmentally friendly, lightweight and incredibly durable. We choose the best organic wicker and rattan varieties for our products, but any material is always completely natural. As such, our rattan and wicker baskets are sensitive to the elements. For example, if baskets are left exposed to excessive moisture and left in cold conditions, damp and mould is likely to lead to premature damage. If products are exposed to bright sunlight and high temperatures, materials are likely to become brittle. However, we do guarantee superior levels of craftsmanship. Therefore, with regular maintenance, your baskets should serve you well for a long time.

3 Sales Information
3.1 How do I get a Basil brochure?

You can view the latest Basil brochure in digital form on our website.

3.2 Where can I find a particular Basil product I’m looking for?

On the Basil website you can find a complete selection of Basil products (bicycle bags, bicycle baskets, dog bike baskets, bicycle crates, mounting systems, bicycle accessories and bicycle rainwear).

3.3 Where can I buy Basil products?

You can buy Basil products at various places:

  • physical shops;
  • online webshops.

Basil does not have its own webshop. As such, you cannot buy bicycle products directly from Basil itself. However, it’s easy to find your nearest Basil dealer via our website. Simply enter your address/postcode/city of residence under ‘Find your nearest dealer’.

3.4 Can I buy spare parts?

Spare parts for various bags and baskets are available as individual items. If you have lost or damaged an individual part, you can replace it without having to buy an entirely new product. 


You can find more information about replacement/spare parts on our website. There, you can also find your nearest point of sale. If a part is missing from this list, please contact your dealer or get in touch with us directly (service[email protected]).

4 Questions about bicycle bags
4.1 How do I prevent damage to my bicycle frame?

It’s recommended that you use some adhesive tape when attaching a pannier. This will prevent damage to your frame as panniers slide or you install an attachment system. Frame protectors are also worth investing in. These are special stickers designed to protect the finish of your frame.

4.2 What types of panniers does Basil offer?
4.3 I want the option to remove my pannier easily to use for shopping. Is this possible?

Yes, you can. You can remove a single pannier in a second. The hooks are concealed in a zip pocket, ensuring they’re neatly hidden away as you use your bag for shopping or running errands. 

 

You can combine many Basil double bags with carrier systems such as MIK or Racktime. The main benefits of these systems is that you can easily click the bag into place on your carrier. You can also remove it just as effortlessly. Ideal if you want to take your bag with you as you stock up on groceries or explore the market. It also makes transporting your bag in the trunk of a vehicle possible. They’re also a great option if you’re looking to ensure maximum safety during longer bike rides. 

 

Tip: Whichever system you use, investing in a Basil Additional Handle is a good idea if you’re using a removable double pannier. This handle makes it far easier to carry your bag when it’s detached from your bike.

4.4 Can I use a bicycle bag in combination with a child seat?

Yes, you can. Generally speaking, you’ll need a luggage carrier extender to create sufficient space behind your luggage carrier. Whether your luggage carrier is large enough depends on the type of child seat you’re looking to install and the overall length of your carrier. 

 

Bear in mind that when using a luggage carrier extender, the balance of your bicycle will be affected. This may require a different approach to steering behaviour and general handling of your bike.

4.5 What is the best way to clean a pannier bag?

You can wipe down your pannier bag with a damp cloth and use textile-safe cleaning agents, such as upholstery cleaning products. We advise that you avoid using soap products to clean your pannier. Has your waterproof pannier been exposed to moisture? Simply allow it to dry out in a warm, well-ventilated room. This will prevent mould from forming and damaging your pannier. 

 

We do not recommend cleaning panniers in washing machines. All Basil bike bags have a water-repellent coating. Using detergents to clean your bag will damage this coating. Furthermore, cycles in the washing machine can affect the construction of Basil bike bags, with reinforcement plates being pushed out of place.

4.6 What type of bag should I choose?

A double pannier is useful if you regularly need to transport a lot of items. For example, they can come in handy when it comes to doing a weekly grocery shop. Traditionally, double panniers were mounted to bike frames with integrated straps. Nowadays, there are several advanced systems available for more secure installation, such as the MIK system. With such systems, you can click your pannier into place and remove it just as easily. 

 

A single pannier is a good choice for cyclists who want a flexible storage solution. Basil’s single pannier bags are designed in such a way that they’re almost indistinguishable from conventional bags. All attachment points and hooks can easily be concealed behind zips. At Basil, you can find shoulder bags, handbags, backpacks, office bags and laptop bags. 

 

A handlebar bag is an ideal solution if you want to keep all your items within your line of sight. Some handlebar bags include a waterproof compartment where you can store your tablet or smartphone. Ideal for cyclists who need access to cycling route information, whatever the weather! 

 

A luggage carrier bag is a good option for those longer bike rides. A trunk bag is a single bicycle bag that you can easily mount on your luggage carrier. Inside, you’ll find more than rough space for things like water bottles, phones, maps and other essentials. Divided compartments make keeping organised simple, while also allowing for easy retrieval of your items. 

 

A saddlebag will come in handy if you’re looking for something stylish and convenient that can store all your essentials as you enjoy a bike ride. Saddle bags provide ample space for things like keys, smartphones and wallets, allowing you to keep your hands free for steering. 


A frame bag is perfect if you’re looking for something that can hold your mobile phone as you cycle, allowing you to listen to your favourite playlists or quickly reach for a snack to replenish your energy. Basil’s frame bags also have a smartphone window that allows you to operate touchscreen windows. The ideal choice if you’re looking for smart storage that scores top marks for safety.

4.7 Can a Basil bicycle bag become discoloured?

Yes. Eventually, everything will discolour when exposed to enough UV light. By choosing high-quality fabrics with high colour fastness, we aim to limit discolouration as much as possible. How rapidly your bag discolours ultimately depends on how much sun it is exposed to. Do you leave your pannier exposed to the sun for many hours at a time? It’s likely to discolour more quickly. Some materials, such as canvas, will discolour more quickly than polyester.

4.8 What is the maximum load capacity of a Basil bicycle bag?

This depends on the type of bicycle bag.

Double panniers: 10 kg (5 kg on the left and 5 kg on the right)
Single panniers: 5 kg
Trunk bags: 5 kg
Saddle bags: 0.5 kg
Frame bags: 1.25 kg
Handlebar bags: 2.5 kg

4.9 Can I leave my bicycle bag attached to my frame during transit?

We advise against this. Leaving your accessories attached to your bike while you’re driving is not particularly safe. What’s more, it creates more drag on your vehicle, causing you to use more fuel to get where you’re going.

Tip: Use a detachable system such as the MIK system. This system will allow you to remove your bag from your bike and store it in the back of your vehicle as you complete your road journey. Once you’ve reached your destination, you can retrieve your bag and click it back into place on your bike.

4.10 How do I stop my pannier from getting caught in the spokes?

With the Basil distance holder (spacer), Basil double panniers are prevented from making contact with the spokes of your bicycle. Even when your pannier is heavily loaded, the Basil spacer will ensure your bag holds its shape.

4.11 How wide is the bridge between the double pannier bag?

The width of the bridge is 15/16 cm.

4.12 What size laptop can I fit in my Basil bag?

Basil has a wide range of laptop bicycle bags with padded compartments for storing electronics. The following overview shows which size laptops fit which bags. 

 

Bag type

Colour

Laptop dimensions

17580 Basil Sport Design single pannier

black

14 inch

17742 Basil Sport Design single pannier

grey

14 inch

17775 Basil B-Safe Commuter backpack

black

15.6 inch 

18067 Basil B-Safe Commuter backpack

green

13 inch

18091 Basil B-Safe Commuter backpack

black

13 inch

18092 Basil B-Safe Commuter backpack 

green

15.6 inch 

18068 Basil B-Safe Commuter laptop bag

black

16 inch

18069 Basil B-Safe Commuter laptop bag

green

16 inch

18079 Basil SoHo bicycle backpack

black

15.6 inch 

18080 Basil SoHo bicycle backpack

green

15.6 inch 

18081 Basil SoHo bicycle backpack 

Light green

15.6 inch 

18150 Basil Bloom Field shopper

yellow

14 inch

18151 Basil Bloom Field shopper

blue

14 inch

18246 Basil Grand shopper

black

14 inch

18250 Basil Grand Flower shopper

black

14 inch

18254 Basil Grand Tarpaulin shopper

black

14 inch

 

Basil also offers office bicycle bags that, when combined with our organiser, are suitable for carrying your laptop. The following work bags can be combined with the organiser:

4.13 Can I combine a double pannier with a bicycle bag?

Yes, this is possible with the MIK system. Thanks to the MIK double decker, you can combine accessories with a pre-assembled MIK adapter plate. This applies to dog bike baskets, double panniers and baskets.   

 

Thanks to MIK pannier tube bags, you can combine a pannier bag, dog bike basket or or classic bicycle basket with one or two single panniers. The MIK pannier tube bags are attached to the MIK carrier plate.

4.14 How do I attach my pannier bag to my bicycle?

Attachment methods vary depending on the pannier you choose. Will you choose a double pannier, handlebar bag or saddle bag? Looking to attach your bag permanently or are you searching for something more flexible? 

 

  • Double panniers
    • Use the integrated straps for permanent attachment.  
    • Alternatively, use a detachable system like the MIK system or Basil Detachable Bag system.


  • Single panniers
    • Hook On system, allows you to quickly and easily hook the bag onto your carrier.

  • Handlebar bags
    • Basil KF adapter plate. 

  • Frame bags and saddle bags
    • Velcro.

Once you’ve selected your bag, you’ll find plenty of information about attachment systems, as well as clear guidance on how to attach them to your bicycle frame. 

4.15 Are all Basil bicycle bags waterproof?

No, Basil offers waterproof bags and water-repellent bags. 

 

Water-repellent bags

As a minimum standard, all Basil bicycle bags boast a robust water-repellent coating on the inside, as well as a water-repellent spray treatment on the exterior. The fabric itself is 100% waterproof. However, due to things like stitching and individual construction of bag designs, water may still penetrate into the interior. 

 

Tip: Do you want to make a water-repellent single pannier completely waterproof? Think about investing in a rain cover. 

 

Waterproof bags

The key difference with water-repellent bags is that waterproof bags also boast a waterproof construction. A waterproof construction boasts premium finishing of the connecting seams and bag closures. All of Basil’s waterproof bags have taped or welded seams, along with rolling or folding closure. Some bags also feature additional waterproof compartments on the inside. 

 

Looking for more information about waterproof panniers? Find out more here. (https://www.basil.com/en/bicycle-bags/waterproof/)

4.16 Can I secure a pannier with an MIK adapter plate?

No, the MIK adapter plate is equipped with an MIK stick. This stick allows you to operate the pannier, including attaching it, but you can’t use it to lock it in place.

5 Questions about baskets
5.1 What type of baskets does Basil offer?

Basil offers a wide variety of bicycle baskets:

5.2 How do I attach a Basil bike basket?

The method of attachment will depend on the type of bike basket you choose. Do you want a front or rear basket? Looking for a removable solution or fixed installation? Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll find in-depth information about the associated system, as well as guidance on how to attach your basket.

5.3 Can I leave my bike basket attached during transit?

We don’t advise this. Leaving accessories attached to your bike during long journeys can compromise safety on the road. What’s more, it can result in you struggling with considerable wind distance, putting more strain on your fuel reserves.

Tip: Use a detachable system like the MIK system. This system will allow you to remove your basket in moments, allowing you to store it in the trunk of your vehicle. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, simply retrieve it and click it back into place.

5.4 How do I maintain a willow or rattan bicycle basket?

Ideally, you should be looking to protect natural materials against the elements as much as possible. However, this is not always easy. If your basket is exposed to rain, make sure it’s thoroughly dried as quickly as possible. Likewise, if it’s been exposed to considerable heat and dried out, spray it with a little bit of water to prevent cracking and fraying. Provided your basket is properly maintained, it should serve you well for a long time.

5.5 Can I combine a bicycle basket with a pannier bag?

Yes, this is certainly possible with the MIK system. Thanks to the MIK double decker, you can combine different accessories with a pre-mounted MIK adapter plate. This applies to things like baskets, dog bike baskets and double panniers. 

 

MIK pannier tube bags let you combine bicycle baskets, pannier bags and dog bike baskets with one or two single panniers. MIK pannier tube bags can easily be attached to an MIK carrier plate.

5.6 Can I secure a basket with an MIK adapter plate?

No, the MIK adapter plate is equipped with an MIK stick. With this stick, you can operate the bicycle basket, including attaching it to your frame. However, you cannot use it to actually secure it in place.

5.7 What is the maximum load capacity of a Basil bicycle basket?

This depends on the type of bicycle basket. 

  • Front basket: 5 kg
  • Rear basket: 10 kg, except baskets with the Basil Basco system. These baskets have a maximum load capicity of 5 kg. 
6 Questions about dog bike baskets
6.1 What dog bike baskets does Basil offer?

Basil has several dog bike basket models for you to consider:

6.2 How do I attach Basil dog baskets to my bicycle?

The method of attachment varies depending on the exact model of dog bike basket. Do you want a front or rear dog basket? Once you’ve made your decision, you’ll find in-depth information about the type of system required, as well as guidance on how to attach your dog bike basket to your frame.

6.3 How do I attach the wire dome basket?

This varies depending on the type of dome basket you go for. Once you’ve chosen a particular model, you’ll find in-depth guidance on how to attach it to your bicycle frame.

6.4 What are the dimensions of Basil dog baskets?

Pasja dog bike baskets  
Our Pasja dog bike baskets are available in two sizes:

  • medium size = base dimensions
    (L) 45 cm x (B) 37 cm
    front height 23 cm rear height 31 cm

 

  • largest size = base dimensions
    (L) 50 cm x (B) 42 cm
    front height 32 cm rear height 33 cm


Pluto dog bike baskets
The Pluto dog bike basket is available in one size
(L) 50 cm x (B) 37 cm
height 20 cm 


Buddy dog bike baskets
The Buddy dog bike basket is available in one size 
(L) 45 cm x (B) 32 cm
height 22 cm

6.5 How do I maintain my wicker dog bike basket?

Because both the Basil Pasja and Pluto dog bike baskets are made from natural materials, we suggest keeping them indoors when not in use. Never leave them outside when it’s raining.

6.6 How do I maintain my synthetic dog bike basket?

The Buddy dog bike basket is made from durable and pet-friendly synthetic materials. This means that there’s no need to worry about your dog suffering any ill effects if they decide to gnaw at it. What’s more, the synthetic material is easy to clean.

6.7 How do I take my dog along with me on bike rides safely?

For maximum safety, you can purchase a wire dome separately. There is a model to suit every basket. For peace of mind, we recommend that you use a dome. These prevent your dog from jumping free of the basket while you’re on the move. When buying a wire dome, make sure you’re paying close attention to its dimensions to ensure a comfortable fit for your dog.

6.8 Will my dog fit in a Basil dog bike basket?

Pasja dog bike basket
The Pasja dog bike basket is suitable for dogs with a maximum weight of 15 kg. However, your carrier will also need to be able to accommodate the combined weight of your dog and the basket you’re looking to use. 

 

Pluto dog bike basket
The Pluto dog bike basket is suitable for dogs weighing up to 10 kg. 

 

Buddy dog bike basket
The rear-mounted Buddy MIK dog bike basket is suitable for dogs weighing up to 15 kg. However, your carrier will need to be able to support the combined weight of your pet and basket of choice. Load capacities should be clearly stamped on the surface of your carrier. 

 

The Buddy KF dog bike basket for handlebar mounting is suitable for dogs with a maximum weight of 5 kg.

6.9 Does Basil also offer cat bike baskets?

Great news! The Basil Buddy has an optional wire dome with a fine mesh guard that’s ideal for keeping agile felines safely in place as you ride along on your bicycle. However, bear in mind that younger cats and smaller breeds may be able to poke their heads out while you’re on the go. If you’re looking to transport a smaller cat, using a harness to secure them is something to consider.

6.10 Can I leave my dog bike basket secured to my bicycle during transit?

We advise against this. Leaving larger accessories attached to your bike during transit can result in dangerous situations on the road. What’s more, they tend to catch a lot of wind resistance, causing you to use more fuel to get where you need to go.

Tip: Use a detachable system like the MIK system. A detachable system allows you to remove your bag or basket quickly, meaning you can quickly store it away in the trunk of your car. Once you’ve got to where you need to go, you can retrieve your basket and click it in place.

6.11 Can I also use the Buddy bike basket for shopping?

Of course! Buddy bike baskets are a strong and stylish choice for trips to the grocery store.

6.12 Can I combine a dog bike basket with a double pannier bag?

Yes, this is certainly possible with dog bike baskets that are integrated with the MIK system. The MIK double decker allows you to combine your bike accessories with a pre-mounted MIK adapter plate. This applies to things like baskets, double panniers and dog bike baskets.

 

MIK pannier tube bags allow you to combine your dog bike basket of choice with a pannier bag or bicycle basket. MIK pannier tube bags are easily attached to a MIK carrier plate.

6.13 Can I also attach the Buddy basket to the rear of my bicycle?

No, these baskets do not offer interchangeable mounting options. You cannot mount the Basil Buddy KF at the rear of your bicycle. Likewise, you cannot mount the Basil Buddy MIK at the front of your bicycle. This is all to do with safety. What’s more, both baskets have distinct systems, with each designed to accommodate specific mounting at the front (in the case of the Basil Buddy KF) or rear (in the case of the Basil Buddy MIK).

6.14 Can I secure a dog bike basket in place with the MIK adapter plate?

No, the MIK adapter plate is provided with an MIK stick. With this stick, you can operate the bike basket when it comes to attachment, but you cannot use it to lock it in place.

7 Questions about bicycle crates
7.1 In what sizes are Basil bicycle crates available?

Basil crates are available in three different sizes:

  • S – 17.5 litre
  • M – 27 litre
  • L – 40 litre
7.2 How do I secure a crate to my bicycle?

The installation method will depend on how you intend to use your crate. Looking to permanently attach your crate to your bicycle frame? Looking for a more flexible solution? For exact guidance on installation, consult product details when deciding on a crate and system for your bicycle.

7.3 Can I leave my bicycle crate attached to my bike during transit?

We don’t recommend doing this. Leaving accessories attached to your bike can compromise road safety. What’s more, they can catch considerable wind, forcing you to expend far more fuel to complete your journey.

Tip: Use a detachable system such as the MIK system. A detachable system will allow you to quickly remove your crate for your bike and load it into the car. Reached your destination? Simply click your crate back onto your bike.

7.4 Can I transport my dog in a bicycle crate?

Looking to take your dog along with you on your travels? We advise that you use a dog bike basket designed for such a task. Dog baskets are specially designed for this purpose and have been tested with specific safety requirements in mind.

7.5 Will a Basil crate also fit on a child’s bike?

Small crates (S) can also be mounted onto the front carriers of child bikes.

8 Questions about other bicycle accessories
8.1 What other bicycle accessories does Basil offer?

Basil offers a wide range of bicycle accessories, including: saddle covers, handlebar decorations, bells, battery covers, rain covers and spare parts.

8.2 What battery cover is the best choice for my bicycle battery?

Basil boasts an impressive range of battery covers for you to consider. No matter what type of battery you have and where it’s positioned on your bike, you’re bound to find a suitable cover in Basil’s extensive assortment. You can find the full range of battery covers here.

8.3 Will my battery cover also protect against heat?

All battery covers from Basil offer protection against extreme temperatures. Basil battery covers will protect against temperatures below 15 degrees and temperatures above 25 degrees. All covers are made from neoprene, with a thickness of 4.5 mm. This thermal protection will improve the overall performance of your battery, ensuring it lasts for longer. 

We recommend that you remove battery covers when charging your battery.

8.4 Can my bicycle bell only be mounted on the left side of the handlebar?

Basil’s range of bicycle bells are easier to operate when they are mounted on the left side of a handlebar. However, the Basil Portland bicycle bell can be mounted at the centre of a handlebar.

9 Questions about systems
9.1 What systems does Basil have?

Basil systems come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll find systems for your luggage carrier, for attachment to the front of your bike, as well as systems for the side of your frame. An overview of all systems can be found here.

9.2 What is the MIK system?

MIK is a system for quickly and easily attaching bicycle accessories to your carrier. You can click the basket or bag in place on the carrier and remove it just as effortlessly. 

 

The MIK system consists of an adapter plate and integrated MIK profiles. Unsure as to whether you’re using an MIK carrier? Look for the MIK logo stamped on the top of your carrier. 

 

If you don’t yet have an MIK carrier, it’s simple to mount an MIK carrier plate. Both methods allow you to make full use of the MIK system.

9.3 How do I know if my bicycle is compatible with the MIK system?

If your bicycle has a carrier with integrated MIK profiles, you’ll find an instantly recognisable logo stamped on the top of the carrier itself.

 

If you don’t have integrated MIK profiles, you can still use the MIK system. Simply attach an MIK carrier plate and you’re good to go.

9.4 Which systems are suitable for E-bikes?

Almost any Basil system can be fitted to an electric bike. Many systems factor in the additional frame thickness and large displays of electronic bikes, with thicker mounting rings and adjustable fasteners as standard. Examples of compatible options include the Basil handlebar mount, the WSL system and the MIK system.

9.5 Which luggage carriers will accommodate an MIK luggage carrier plate?

An MIK carrier plate will fit on any luggage carrier with a thickness of between 8 and 16 mm (diameter)  and a width of between 100 and 170 mm (outside diameter).

9.6 What is the load capacity of a front carrier?

The maximum load capacity of the front carrier is 10 kilograms.

10 Questions about rainwear
10.1 What does the water column mean?

The waterproof rating of riangear is illustrated in water column mm. This refers to the waterproof capacity of the fabric used to produce the garment. It is also commonly abbreviated as WP. 

 

  • 5,000 WP = the water pressure of a 5-metre column on one square centimetre. 
  • 10,000 WP = the water pressure of a 10-metre column on one square centimetre. 

 

Fabrics with 3,000 WP can be considered waterproof. For rainwear, 5,000 WP is standard. Basil's rainwear boasts a breathability rating of 5,000 or 10,000 WP, depending on the collection.

10.2 What does breathability mean?

A breathable garment prevents rainwater from penetrating the surface, but also wicks away sweat. Breathability, often referred to as MVP, is measured as follows:

  • 5,000 MVP = grams per square metre per 24 hours (g/m2/24h) (4.5 litres of water vapour)
  • 10,000 MVP = grams per square metre per 24 hours (g/m2/24h) (9 litres of water vapour)

 

Sweating is unavoidable when undertaking physical activity, but the amount you perspire depends on your exertion levels. The more you exert yourself, the greater the degree of perspiration. We have tailored our rainwear accordingly. Take for example the Basil Skane collection. Rain jackets and trousers in this series are specially designed for everyday cycling and the commuting crowd. Skane garments are designed to perform for longer distances and higher speeds. As such, the Basil Skane collection boasts a high ventilation capacity of 10,000 MVP.

10.3 What is BlueSign?

BlueSign is an independent Swiss certification that strives to guarantee the health and safety of consumers and employers, as well as aiming to reduce water and air pollution. The standard is mainly utilised in the production and processing of textiles and clothing. This helps ensure that fabric dyeing and processing is carried out in a sustainable way. 

 

The Basil Skane collection has independently been awarded BlueSign certification.

10.4 What is Bionic Finish® Eco?

A DWR coating is regularly used to ensure that rainwear is water repellent. This is a chemical coating that prevents larger raindrops from penetrating the exterior fabric. At the same time, it allows condensation from perspiration to escape. Bionic Finish®Eco is a durable alternative to DWR coating. A Bionic Finish® ECo coating is created with eco-friendly natural ingredients, while a DWR coating does not degrade. 

 

Bionic Finish® Eco is an independent label from the Rudolf Group that Basil is permitted to use for Basil Skane high-vis products.

10.5 When should I choose a product from the Hoga, Mosse or Skane series?

The type of rainwear you choose ultimately depends on what you plan on using it for.  Do you require rainwear for daily use, such as for commuting? 

  • Hoga series: The rain trousers, jackets, rainsuits and ponchos in the Hoga series are ideal for everyday use. This unisex rainwear has a breathability rating of 5,000 MVP with a similar waterproof rating  (5.000 WP).  
  • Mosse series: The rain jackets from the Mosse series are designed to be worn every day, whatever the weather. Mosse series garments offer the same level of performance as products from the Hoga series, including 5,000 WP/5,000 MVP ratings. However, more casual and fashion-focused products can be found in the Mosse collection.
  • Skane series: The Basil Skane range has been designed for the commuter who demands the very best from their bicycle accessories. The two-way stretch T-Fabric boasts 10,000 WP/10,000 MVP ratings and is incredibly lightweight. It's also independently certified by BlueSign, making it an eco-friendly option. Unique features include a special hood that allows a helmet to be worn underneath.
10.6 How do I choose the right size when buying rainwear?

To find the right size for you, check out our size charts for our various collections:

10.7 What does T-Fabric 5,000 and T-Fabric 10,000 stand for?

T-Fabric stands for Tech Fabric, a specially engineered two-layer fabric developed by Basil. The 5,000 and 10,000 refers to the water column and gives an idea of the kind of waterproof and breathability performance of the fabric itself. The higher the water column, the more waterproof a garment will be. The same logic applies to rainwear breathability. Garments with a degree of breathability ensure moisture only travels from the inside of the garment, rather than letting it penetrate the exterior.

10.8 How do I maintain Basil rainwear?

You will find clear washing instructions on the care label of the rainwear. We recommend following these washing instructions exactly. You can wash rainwear separately from other garments at 30 degrees Celsius. When washing rainwear, use mild soap and never add fabric softener. Once washed, let rainwear dry naturally and never tumble dry.