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    How I attach my backpack to my rear rack

    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:

    backpack-1.jpg

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

    backpack-3.jpg

    ... 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.

    backpack-2.jpg

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

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

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    Pretty awesome. Nice work.

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    Thanks!

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

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    Why not put it on top of the rack?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scroca View Post
    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.

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    I like it. Nice work
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    Looks good. Glad the suggestion was helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FedericoMena View Post
    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.
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    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!
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    Cool. Would a large basket on the back into which you could just strap down the backpack have worked for you?
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    Wouldn't having the backpack on one side if it is heavy put you off balance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NFD40 View Post
    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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