Securing rear rack and trunk bag to bicycle W/Pics
I have noticed that alot of people do not secure their racks a trunk bags while commuting. If you have the option to take off your trunk bag and take it with you, thats the best solution. If your like me and dont have anywhere to put it at work, here is what I have come up with.
I first soldered the 4 screws that hold the rack to the bike. I have tried to get the solder out without heat and it is virtually impossible.
Next, I used an old chain and inner tube trick to secure the bag through 2 small holes I put in the bag. I know what your saying... "You wrecked your bag, it will just rip and they will take the bag anyway, etc". Not true. In the bottom of my bag is a hard cardboard floor in between the layers of the bag. I also bolted the bag through that cardboard with a fender washer in the bag to the rack. It is not going anywhere.
I also use a small TSA lock to lock the zippers closed.
Now this setup is still vulnerable to knives, bolt cutters, etc. This is just a technique that was free for me and provided a HUGE amount of security over the bag just Velcro'd to the rack.
LOL at my camera phone pics. The phone is 6 years old and is still perfect for me. Not the quality pics of an iphone though.
Between Lecanto and Hernando Florida, 6 miles due west of the Withlacoochee Trail
I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and 2011 Felt Z4. :-)
This may seem like a stupid question but why solder the rack mounting screws?
And why not use panniers, messenger bag, or backpack that you can take with you rather than leave the bag on the rack? Don't any of your coworkers carry a briefcase, backpack, or some kind of bag?
I dont wear a backpack or messenger bag because I dont have to carry enough to make it worth the while. I soldered the mounting screws because if I secure the bag to the rack they could just unscrew the rack in less than a minute. This way, I can carry my pump, tube, bungee, etc without the hassle of a backpack.
Oh and I carry my Kryptonite 1210 chain and evolution lock around my waist as it weighs 10lbs so a backpack just ads to that plus the sweaty back. After a week of wearing the lock, I dont even notice it anymore though.