Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    Senior Member FedericoMena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
    My Bikes
    Viruela, Piccola
    Posts
    118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Backpack + rear rack = ???

    How do you carry a backpack on a rear rack? I have a couple backpacks that I use regularly (North Face Surge II and Tamrac 759). Both are rather large and have lots of dangling straps.

    I'm trying to figure out how to secure the backpack to a plain old rear rack without having it tip one way or the other, and without having the straps cause trouble. I'm thinking that I'll have to build some sort of tray-like base for the rack that is ample enough for the backpack, and that will contain the straps.

    Any ideas appreciated

  2. #2
    commuter and barbarian scroca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Potomac, MT, USA
    Posts
    2,078
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've used two bungee cords, criss-crossed over the backpack and holding the straps down.
    2011 Felt Q620
    2010 Motobecane Jury fixed gear
    2010 Surly LHT
    1992 Trek 1200
    1977 Schwinn Le Tour II fixed gear

  3. #3
    Local 1212 @work's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    Moser Track, Colnago Dream Track, Merckx Roadie and Rossin Bar Bike
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bungee cords are where it's at.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Hammonton, NJ
    My Bikes
    Dawes Lightning sport, Trek 1220, Trek 7100
    Posts
    889
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a wald basket on my rack (zip tied) and I just throw the back pack into the basket... don't even need bungies

  5. #5
    Local 1212 @work's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    Moser Track, Colnago Dream Track, Merckx Roadie and Rossin Bar Bike
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by e0richt View Post
    I have a wald basket on my rack (zip tied) and I just throw the back pack into the basket... don't even need bungies
    Got a Cetma Half Rack so I need them. Racks are the jam though!

  6. #6
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    570
    Mentioned
    31 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    see this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=4c76T3g5wwY
    its standing Up with a dowel toe strapped across the saddle rails . like a wooden handlebar..

    back pack straps hook over the cross bar.. and the sternum strap buckle holds them together .

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Bay Area, Calif.
    Posts
    4,820
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bought a couple pannier clips (Lone Peak brand) and attached them to the upper corners of my daypack. They're far enough out to the side so they never touch me when the pack is worn and they have a hook that locks them onto the rack so I haven't found any issue with not having the bottom of the pack secured. When used as a pannier I flip the shoulder straps around to the other side of the pack and use a twist tie to keep the straps together and out of the way. It leaves the top of the rack free for anything else I might need to carry.

    bikebackpack.jpg2.jpg3.jpg

  8. #8
    Disco Infiltrator Darth Lefty's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Orangevale CA
    My Bikes
    76 Paramount, 02 Hardrock, 72 Super Sport
    Posts
    1,128
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ziptie milk crate to rear rack... if it's the 4gal size with high sides you don't even need bungees :-D

  9. #9
    Senior Member Eric S.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV
    My Bikes
    2004 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1982 Bianchi Nuova Racing, 1986 De Rosa SLX, 1991 Bridgestone MB-1, Guerciotti/Columbus TSX
    Posts
    361
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by e0richt View Post
    I have a wald basket on my rack
    That's what I use as well - have 2 of the collapsible ones mounted. Those things are heavier than you'd think but I can't imagine commuting without them.

  10. #10
    Senior Member FedericoMena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
    My Bikes
    Viruela, Piccola
    Posts
    118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    I bought a couple pannier clips (Lone Peak brand) and attached them to the upper corners of my daypack. They're far enough out to the side so they never touch me when the pack is worn and they have a hook that locks them onto the rack so I haven't found any issue with not having the bottom of the pack secured. When used as a pannier I flip the shoulder straps around to the other side of the pack and use a twist tie to keep the straps together and out of the way. It leaves the top of the rack free for anything else I might need to carry.
    Hey, that's really clever! Putting the straps on the front of the backpack is the key. Thanks for the idea!

  11. #11
    CarFree Commuter
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Carrollton, Texas
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My solutiion to this problem on my mountain bike was to affix a plywood, and later aluminum base to the rack. Attaching ropes or straps to this base keeps the pack from shifting off to the side. An improvement is to use a rectangular duffel bag instead of the backpack.

    denny

  12. #12
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    7,827
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I tried a milk crate, but then I got new backpack that simply would not fit into it. Then I went with this for a while:10171623..jpg
    Another option that I thought of (but never tried) was to shove the backpack into a stuff sack of some kind, then strap that down to the top of the rack.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    I tried a milk crate, but then I got new backpack that simply would not fit into it. Then I went with this for a while:10171623..jpg
    Another option that I thought of (but never tried) was to shove the backpack into a stuff sack of some kind, then strap that down to the top of the rack.
    Is that a commercial dishwasher tray?

  14. #14
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    7,827
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No. It is a flat beverage crate- the kind that is used by vending machine companies to haul 20 oz bottles with.

    I just happened to be in the break room when the machine was being re-filled and I asked the guy if he knew where I could get one (if the price was decent) and he just gave it to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I see. They are similar in appearance:
    157-d-290.jpg

  16. #16
    xtrajack xtrajack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Maine
    My Bikes
    Kona fire mountain/xtracycle,Univega landrover fs,Nishiki custom sport Ross professional super gran tour Schwinn Mesa (future Xtracycle donor bike)
    Posts
    2,056
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just stuff mine into the road side Dummy Bag.

    If I didn't have an Xtracycle, I would probably use a milk crate ziptied to the rack.
    2008 Kona Fire Mountain/Xtracycle
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    I void warranties.
    Cycling well IS Cycling Advocacy
    Originally Posted by Steely Dan: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

  17. #17
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you are interested in a new bag, you could get the shopping bag pannier and just put the backpack in it. For example: http://www.calhouncycle.com/productc...nnier-p560.htm

    Or go with bungee cords or even a cargo net to keep the strap tucked in. Here is a cargo net: http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...tic-cargo-net/

  18. #18
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    12
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Try fuel bungee cord cargo net on amazon or google. Same principle for motorcycles. Work really well for what you want and they are cheap.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •