Folding Bike Basket Reinforcing?

I have two rear mounted bike baskets that fold inward for storage.  The joints are horrible, like .25 by .75 inch rectangles of sheet metal.  they are failing, unbending and opening. How should I fix it?

     I thought about using heavy wire, wrapped tight, but I want other ideas....

Re-design7 years ago
Build new brackets/hinges/joints out of thicker metal and use bolts to put it all together. YOu might even be able to use small metal hinges. Go to the hardware store and look at what is there and imagine how you could use what you see to fix your problem.