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FedericoMena 04-11-14 05:57 PM

How I attach my backpack to my rear rack
 
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A little while ago I asked about how to hang a backpack from a rear rack. The key suggestion by prathmann was to put the backpack's straps on its front, so they don't interfere with the wheel.

And that worked really well! Here is how I'm attaching this beauty to that beauty:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=374135

A carabiner attaches the backpack's top handle to the other side of the rack, and a bungee also goes from that side...

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=374136

... through the daisychain on the front of the backpack, and down to wherever you can hook it. The backpack's dangly straps are tied through another of the daisychain's slots.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=374137

And just so you can witness my hamfisted leather-sewing skills, this is how I modified a pencil case to be my tool bag:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=374138

I'm learning that you can't have too many carabiners, or too many bungees.

SevenSpokes 04-11-14 08:35 PM

Pretty awesome. Nice work.

FedericoMena 04-14-14 02:48 PM

Thanks!

Cyclosaurus 04-14-14 02:51 PM

Nice attachment. Like the carabiner. Ball bungees also work well to secure things closely.

scroca 04-14-14 03:10 PM

Why not put it on top of the rack?

FedericoMena 04-14-14 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scroca (Post 16670591)
Why not put it on top of the rack?

It's too wide. I find that I really need to compress it down with bungees to make it stable, and then taking anything out of the backpack while riding gets very inconvenient - I carry my water/wallet/etc. there.

Rudz 04-14-14 03:21 PM

I like it. Nice work

prathmann 04-14-14 03:48 PM

Looks good. Glad the suggestion was helpful.

scroca 04-14-14 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FedericoMena (Post 16670601)
It's too wide. I find that I really need to compress it down with bungees to make it stable, and then taking anything out of the backpack while riding gets very inconvenient - I carry my water/wallet/etc. there.

Good thinking. I may have to try that.

MyBikeGotStolen 04-14-14 06:33 PM

It looks like all (most) of the weight is supposed by the top handle. I would be concerned about it failing from bumps. Then again I am used to carrying a full sized laptop and 1,000+ pages of engineering text books, so maybe it's not too bad if the weight is kept light.

I will be interested in seeing how it goes though. I really like having a backpack when off the bike!

Ozonation 04-14-14 08:01 PM

Cool. Would a large basket on the back into which you could just strap down the backpack have worked for you?

NFD40 04-14-14 09:29 PM

Wouldn't having the backpack on one side if it is heavy put you off balance?

FedericoMena 04-15-14 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NFD40 (Post 16671653)
Wouldn't having the backpack on one side if it is heavy put you off balance?

With about 5 Kg of crap in the backpack, I couldn't feel any instability. It doesn't ride the same as cargo-less, of course, but it's not bad at all.


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