I'd really like to be able to start carrying my viola whilst riding my bike. It would make getting to rehearsals much more practical.
Issues arise, however:
- viola is quite delicate, and I'm not sure the vibration implied by strapping it to a rear rack would be good for it
- lightweight case with back straps is not very comfortable / secure
- case with decent padding and good backstraps is expensive and rather heavy, especially as the weight is quite high up (it would stick up behind my head)
Any thoughts? Get a bike with suspension and put it on the rack? Some form of padding for the case when on a rack? Ideas for backpacks and riding with them?
I guess it's a reasonably unusual problem, but anyone with any thoughts or experience please chime in!
(Stage 2 is to carry my trombone on the bike; this is actually easier (as it's less delicate, despite being much heavier). However, if I ride to trombone rehearsal, I'm too puffed to play for about 40 minutes, so it's less practical!)