..but having a basket is great!
Sure, tell someone that you're getting a front basket and they'll say, "but won't it affect the handling?"
But can I deal with it?: yes.
Most loads will be much lighter than the one pictured above and adapting to the altered handling is very quick. Just like when I switch from road bike to mountain bike- it feels goofy for a minute, but my brain figures it out.
Even when I've got a heavier load-- I never ride this bike very far or up anything super steep. The grocery store is about 4 miles away.
I could easily install a rack and go the pannier route with this- but there's something nice about just setting your stuff down instead of having to pack it all up into bags. Sorta like when I had my Xtracycle. The X easily swallowed up grocery sacks without any packing.
So I like my basket! Besides, it kinda handles like a loaded touring bike when it's loaded down. And that makes me wistful. :)