I'm studying Enbukan (it's a school of Japanese sword technique) and I'm trying to figure out a way to carry a long steel katana in a wooden sheath so I can ride my bike to practice. Has anyone ever done this?
I'm concerned about all the ways this could go terribly wrong and injure me or someone else, damage the bike, or (most likely) ruin the sword.
The obvious solution is to rig something up with bungee cords, but this is a long and delicate piece of equipment. It's curved, so I can't strap it to the frame or the tube. If I lay it across my rack, it sticks out about a couple of feet on both sides. If I strap it to the side of my pannier it either drags on the ground or pokes me in the back.
I've carried it on my back for short rides to the park, but if I ride the full 10 miles to class, it's going to be soggy with sweat (bad for the wood) and so am I.
This isn't the same kind of sword that samurai used to carry on horseback. It's more of a walk-around-the-village style that's meant to come in and out of the belt quickly, which means it tends to fall out if your legs are really active.