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    Folding with front basket (for camera bag), NYC, 5'8", late 50's rider?

    Hi,

    I'm a photographer. I like taking photos with my vintage film cameras in NYC.

    My camera bag is 12"w x 9"h x 9"deep. I'd like to carry it in front in a basket -- so I can easily and quickly remove it. I don't want to ride with the camera bag around my neck/shoulders and I hate backpacks.

    I'm 5'8" 31" inseam. Late 50's

    I'm considering a folder because I take a train that doesn't allow non-folding bikes at certain times. And if I can take my bike into a restaurant and other places I don't have to worry about it getting stolen/damaged.

    Budget -- I'd like to keep it under $1,000 or close to this.

    Flexibility -- don't age -- seriously lifting my leg over a regular men's bike isn't fun.

    I test drove a Tern Node bike -- it's a newer model ($750) -- it was nice and with the 24" wheels I could go down/over a small curb. The seat was very uncomfortable -- the bike store -- nice place (they do free life time tune-ups that normally cost $60 and a deluxe is $120 but they discount it 50 percent if you ever needed a lot done) -- said I could swap it out for added cost and showed me a "gel" seat that had an air vent in the front middle. They didn't have a good basket option to show me, but had a front bolt on Kangaroo rack that I would have to strap my camera bag to and this didn't seem like a good idea to me.

    On-line I looked at the Tern Joe D24 ($650) and that bike looks nice to me. The P24 has disc brakes and is $900. Also looked at the Montague Paratrooper reg and pro online. The 26" don't fold as small, but I might prefer a larger bike.

    Any suggestions? and also seat suggestions.

    Thank you.

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobiker View Post
    Hi,

    I'm a photographer. I like taking photos with my vintage film cameras in NYC.

    My camera bag is 12"w x 9"h x 9"deep. I'd like to carry it in front in a basket -- so I can easily and quickly remove it. I don't want to ride with the camera bag around my neck/shoulders and I hate backpacks.
    ...
    Dan,

    I use a handlebar bag which has a quick-release mount. The bag is 10" wide x 7" deep x 9" high. It's called the Giant Shadow Dry handlebar bag. It's rain-proof. This is a discontinued model but I see a new similar one on the Giant bicycles website. The difference seems to be that the new model has a D-ring for the shoulder strap attachment, whereas the one I have used a small knob that the strap hooked onto. Removing the bag involves pushing a red button, then a yellow button, and lifting the bag off of the bracket. It's very quick. Re-installing it on the bike is just a matter of sliding the bag onto the braket, and it clicks into place. I think that Axiom makes something similar. Search for "handlebar bag quick-release" or "handlebar bag QR".

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    A Brompton with the front bag mount block .. NYCewheels Folding bikes & compact bicycles by Brompton, Dahon, Tern & Montague

    and get their Mini O bag , which is based on the Ortlieb handlebar bag , allowing the addition of their padded camera insert
    then you will have a place for that SLR & a couple lenses, ORTLIEB Produkt-Details
    which would stay dry with the lid closed, because that is what the Ortlieb product line is all about.
    Brompton Waterproof Mini Ortlieb Bag

    the same frame block would let you use the Brompton folding basket , for shopping and all that ,
    Brompton, Brompton Folding Basket, Part# QFBSK

    but being open top, for the rain, it has drain holes, instead ..

    Dahon and Klickfix offer a different front bag mount . as a collaboration ..


    folding bikes only come in 1 size , so your size data is not meaningful , you adapt to the bike .

    only the Bike Friday company sells more than 1 size per model.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 04-12-14 at 11:23 AM.

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    Folders and (heavy) handlebar bags don't always work so well IMHO. Having that weight mounted so high on the bike messes with steering and center of gravity.

    I agree with fietsbob, Brompton is probably best here for a simple reason: Having the mounting clamp on the headtube instead of the bars means steering is not loaded by the extra weight in the bag. Downside is that it's all probably over your budget. If you don't get a Brommie, though, then we're back to the question of where a heavy bag fits on a folder.

    My solution on the non-Brommie bikes is a Detours bag that attaches to the seatpost. Then the other side - paring down to the bare minimum for me: lightweight Nikon DSLR, 10.5 Nikkor fisheye (incredibly tiny lens!), 30/1.4 Siggy, 50/1.8G Nikkor.

    Having this weight on the back of the bike induces a slight springy effect, but I find this much better than a h-bag on my non-Brommie folders. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobiker View Post
    My camera bag is 12"w x 9"h x 9"deep. I'd like to carry it in front in a basket -- so I can easily and quickly remove it. I don't want to ride with the camera bag around my neck/shoulders and I hate backpacks. [...] Budget -- I'd like to keep it under $1,000 or close to this. [...] I test drove a Tern Node bike [...] They didn't have a good basket option to show me, but had a front bolt on Kangaroo rack that I would have to strap my camera bag to and this didn't seem like a good idea to me.
    At this point, it appears that only Brompton, Tern, and Dahon can hang a bag in the front from the frame, which is a much better option than hanging it from the handlebar.

    The "Kangaroo rack" is the Kanga rack (I'm not sure Tern actually makes it; It could be OEM.) Alternatively, there's a bag from Biologic you can hang from the truss screwed to the frame.

    As an alternative to Tern/Dahon's truss, you can use this one from Theravada and use their bag instead.

    Here's someone who installed Tern/Dahon's truss to his Brompton.

    Finally, it's possible to hang an Ortlieb Ultimate5 Classic (ref F3038) from Tern/Dahon's truss:
    Are the Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Classic and Ultimate 5 Plus suitable for the Luggage Truss? | Tern Folding Bike and Folding Bicycle Accessories | Singapore

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