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    Alternative Folder Bags/Cases

    I guess most new folders come with proper bags or cases to put them, I was just wondering if anyone has had success with adapting other things for folder bags.
    I have an MS BikeTour meeting in Toronto on Wednesday evening, thought it would be great to take the GO train, then ride the Raleigh 20 folder to the meeting from the train station, but in the evening there are only buses running to my area. GO Transit rules say only folding bikes are allowed on buses, but must be in a case or bag. I tried using a hockey bag, it almost fits, but not quite. Any alternatives out there other than having something made?? (I'd hate to have to spend real money on one!)
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    I would say buy a black sheet and pay someone to sew it into a cover .I used a commercial bag last summer but want to try a simple cover when i use the train as a bag is so bulky ,and when i ride i have to carry it .I bought a sheet at a garage sale this saturday and plan on doing that.Just use it to cover the bike and then have a hole for the seat use that as the handle.

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    How about some quick ideas that I have done on my folder? I had to purchase a bag separately after I bought the bike. I did not care for the bag's fit or the large Company's name/logo stitched on the front. So I either made quickly and simply a couple of bags and slipcovers for it.

    [B]For The Non-Sewing Option:[/B] I went to the budget stores and purchased a large heavy duty yellow plastic drawstring bag for $1.07 US dollars. I purchased a luggage rack to tow my bike when I didn't want to carry it a distance for ten dollars. I spotted a large nylon tote bag that had a large zippered opening that could be pressed into a bike bag also about ten dollars. I have quickly made a bag and a slip cover for the bike when I first purchased it and before the company made bag arrived. For a quick bag, I used 2 clean plastic garbage bags. I opened one and inserted the bike into it. Then I slid the other bag over the bike the opposite way covering the opening of the first bag and pulling it over the sides of the first bag. Voila! a bag that cover the bike completely and discreetly. To make a slipcover, I cut one side a third bag's long lengthwise to the bottom and opening a long slit. I placed the bag's uncut bottom over the wheels. The uncut side becomes the bike's top.
    Total Price: very inexpensive.

    [B]For The Sewing Option:[/B] I use the garbage and the bike's folded measurements to create the bags I like. I use a semi-heavy fabric like Demin, Duck, etc. and fold the fabric so that it has a solid (not sewn) bottom for strength. I sew the sides and fold down the top to make a casing for the drawstring for the opening. I insert the drawstring after sewing is finished and I have my bag.
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    Get a box of the largest trash bags you can buy and take 2 of them and wrap the bag in them. Then get a bunch of duct tape or something and wrap it up good. You'll make it.

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    I will go with the bag made from the black sheet .I want the cover to be as light as possible and pack small . The cover will be for when i take the bike on metra ,so that no one gets greasy on the chain.I do not wish to mess about with duct tape.It needs to be simple to use pack small and be reusable.

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    Sheet material might be a bit too light if loosely woven. I always opt for a more firmer weave for my bags. The chosen fabric will still be light enough to "mold" to the bike, yet strong enough to withstand repeated scratching, stuffing and bumping that it is sure to receive. Think more on the lines of a light pants weight.

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    look for industrial sized canvas laundry bag.

    I got one when I was in the Army. It was very large and heavey duty. A folder would fit in without problem

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    A 3xl T shirt should work in a pinch for a 16 inch folder, a 2xl works for a 14 inch wheel folder.I used one yesterday.I will look into the use of large trash bags as some have suggested. A 24 by 36 laundry bag fits my folded Dahon classic with 16 inch wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinerider
    I guess most new folders come with proper bags or cases to put them, I was just wondering if anyone has had success with adapting other things for folder bags.
    I have an MS BikeTour meeting in Toronto on Wednesday evening, thought it would be great to take the GO train, then ride the Raleigh 20 folder to the meeting from the train station, but in the evening there are only buses running to my area. GO Transit rules say only folding bikes are allowed on buses, but must be in a case or bag. I tried using a hockey bag, it almost fits, but not quite. Any alternatives out there other than having something made?? (I'd hate to have to spend real money on one!)
    I have a Dahon Speed 8, and I only need a cover, not a real bag, to get into an office building undetected. I went to a housewares store and gambled on a 30"x40" nylon laundry bag($7.99). It probably takes a few minutes more than a real bag, but it gets in there and has worked thus far.
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    FYI I saw somewhere that someone makes a "sllipcover" for exactly your situation. It's not a bag in the sense that you'd want to carry your folder far with it, but it will cover it enough to satisfy bus rules and such. Also IIRC it scrunces up like a hiking stuff sack into a very small size. I guess it's really an overgrown stuff sack when you think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinerider
    I guess most new folders come with proper bags or cases to put them, I was just wondering if anyone has had success with adapting other things for folder bags.
    I have an MS BikeTour meeting in Toronto on Wednesday evening, thought it would be great to take the GO train, then ride the Raleigh 20 folder to the meeting from the train station, but in the evening there are only buses running to my area. GO Transit rules say only folding bikes are allowed on buses, but must be in a case or bag. I tried using a hockey bag, it almost fits, but not quite. Any alternatives out there other than having something made?? (I'd hate to have to spend real money on one!)
    Since I got my folder a couple of weeks ago I've been thinking of this challenge myself.

    A slip cover as suggested by the previous post would have a zipper to allow it to be put over the bike and a slot cut where you could put a nylon webbing strap through to the bike frame. You'd carry the bike or the strap-handle, not the case itself which would be too flimsy.

    What brought this to mind was a slip cover for a compound bow (archery gear). The cover (thin nylon) can be stuffed in a pocket when not in use or put over the bow when it needs to be transported. The law requires bows be "securely encased" when transported. Though it doesn't seem very "secure" the thin nylon meets the definition. You carry it via the bow handle through the nylon.

    Might be the best option to have in a saddle pack or pannier (or pocket) while cycling in case you needed to take a bus ride home.

    Food for thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinerider
    I guess most new folders come with proper bags or cases to put them, I was just wondering if anyone has had success with adapting other things for folder bags.
    I have an MS BikeTour meeting in Toronto on Wednesday evening, thought it would be great to take the GO train, then ride the Raleigh 20 folder to the meeting from the train station, but in the evening there are only buses running to my area. GO Transit rules say only folding bikes are allowed on buses, but must be in a case or bag. I tried using a hockey bag, it almost fits, but not quite. Any alternatives out there other than having something made?? (I'd hate to have to spend real money on one!)
    Has anyone been successful in taking a folding bike on a GO bus? I made the mistake of counting on doing a trip with a 20 folder today. I didn't realize I should have brought a bag. The driver insisted bicycles were not allowed on the bus in any form. When I persisted in asking why the bikes were not allowed in the undercarriage of the bus, he said it is because bikes wreck the bus. WTF? I said the website said folding bikes were allowed (I didn't remember the "proper" case part) He said the only bikes allowed under the bus are new bikes in bike boxes. That a bag would not be sufficient. After much persistence (and a little bit of sulking) he agreed I could put the bike under the bus this time only. So seeing as my luck has probably run out for the future, I would like to know if there is any way of doing a bike/GO bus trip. Hard cases would seem difficult to transport with the bike. If a soft bag is allowed that would be great, if I can find something big enough to fit, will they take them on? Or only if they don't realize its a bike? The 20 does not fold all the compactly so its hard to take it on incognito.

    For any non-local people, advice for how to take a folding bike (especially a Raleigh 20) incognito places which normally ban bikes would be useful. I was also hoping to use the folding bike (in a bag) on VIA's regular luggage area (as opposed to having to put it boxed on the rare train that has a baggage car) Anyone have any experience with folders on VIA?

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    Have you tried a nylon laundry bag?To cover your bike.I realize the Raliegh 20 is bulkier than other folders but that is a possible cheap and compact packing solution.
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    Canvas or nylon sail bag and a cinch strap. The sail bag from any marine shop, the strap from a camping store.

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    Hi!
    I had my Rohloff Birdy stolen in Dublin last year but I still have the Birdy Back-pack that converts into a carrybag for a folder (without emptying the contents) tried it with my new GoBike X9 and it fits in! (just!). Not the cheapest option but very useful, will post some pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazybikerchick
    Has anyone been successful in taking a folding bike on a GO bus? I made the mistake of counting on doing a trip with a 20 folder today. I didn't realize I should have brought a bag. The driver insisted bicycles were not allowed on the bus in any form. When I persisted in asking why the bikes were not allowed in the undercarriage of the bus, he said it is because bikes wreck the bus. WTF? I said the website said folding bikes were allowed (I didn't remember the "proper" case part) He said the only bikes allowed under the bus are new bikes in bike boxes. That a bag would not be sufficient. After much persistence (and a little bit of sulking) he agreed I could put the bike under the bus this time only. So seeing as my luck has probably run out for the future, I would like to know if there is any way of doing a bike/GO bus trip. Hard cases would seem difficult to transport with the bike. If a soft bag is allowed that would be great, if I can find something big enough to fit, will they take them on? Or only if they don't realize its a bike? The 20 does not fold all the compactly so its hard to take it on incognito.

    For any non-local people, advice for how to take a folding bike (especially a Raleigh 20) incognito places which normally ban bikes would be useful. I was also hoping to use the folding bike (in a bag) on VIA's regular luggage area (as opposed to having to put it boxed on the rare train that has a baggage car) Anyone have any experience with folders on VIA?
    Sorry to hear you had trouble.

    Can't comment on VIA or GO but OCTranspo (Ottawa's bus & now "O-train" public transportation system) seems VERY open to bikes on busses.

    The main artery busses have racks on them for any bike but I've taken an un-encased folder on them without any complaints. I asked a driver the other week if he had a problem with folders and he flat out said "no problem" if I wasn't comfortable with the bike on the front rack, though to date they'd never lost or damaged a bike that was on a rack so it was my call.

    If I were concerned, I'd make the nylon slip-cover (mentioned in an above post) and cover it if I got flack. Cool thing is, the folded bike fits PERFECTLY in the dead spaces found on all the busses - those little areas between a seat and a wheel well, for example, that aren't big enough for a seat.


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    Nice Brooks.

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    Just added the pics of the trasit case for the GoBike
    http://www.long-john.com/pagegobike.htm
    Although this would be an expensive option as the case costs more than the price of a cheap folder!
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