I have an All-City Nature Boy 853 with a Whisky #9 fork. I've been commuting on it, but my backpack is killing me and it's time to get the weight onto the bike. However, I hate the look of rear racks/panniers.
Ideally I'd like a basket on the front that I could just dump my backpack in and bungee down. Trouble is, the Whisky #9 doesn't have a bolt on the front of the crown (though it does at the rear) and the eyes near the drop outs are described as 'fender mounts', suggesting they may explode with the weight of a rack.
Should I give up, or are there some decent options I'm unaware of that would allow me to run a basket?