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Old 12-20-05, 09:21 AM   #1
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ideas for carrying more

does anybody have any good ideas for carrying more **** on my bike? here's the deal-- i'm heading to my parents' home for the holidaze. i've got a shoulderbag that will be packed to the max but i'd like to carry a bit more--after all i'll be at their house for a week. i have no racks and no bike-specific bags, and i don't want to leave my bike at my house. other than "wear half of what you're going to bring," does anybody have any clever ways of carrying a little bit more on their bike? i might wind up strapping this little knapsack i found in a closet to my bag, as i'm not sure if i can hang it from my bike in such a way that it won't hit any wheels. anyway, your strategies are desired.
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Old 12-20-05, 09:25 AM   #2
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this guy had the right idea:

no, just kidding. i'm a vegetarian. i have no idea where it came from - a coworker sent it to me. i've been waiting forever to find a place to put this photo, though. thank you, you made my day.

anyway, there are front baskets made by Wald that are hardware-free and completely removable. they retail for $20 and are nice because you can hide all evidence when they're not in use:
http://www.hometownstores.com/detail...sket&ovtac=CMP
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Old 12-20-05, 09:26 AM   #3
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How about an additional (small) backpack in the front...!?
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Old 12-20-05, 09:33 AM   #4
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How about an additional (small) backpack in the front...!?
I think thats the right idea. I've also duct taped a bag to a shoulder bag.... lots more drag but you ant to carry more right?
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Old 12-20-05, 09:37 AM   #5
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Strapping crap to the outside of your bag is always useful. You can also get seatpost racks that, while not super-heavy-duty, could probably carry a few days' change of clothes. Get yourself a super-sized under-seat wedge and a frame pack while you're at it.
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Old 12-20-05, 09:37 AM   #6
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one time a messenger came to the office and duct-taped a full hanging garment bag fireman-style over one shoulder, another over the other shoukder and a third around his waist.
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I'd say go to a junkyard, bike swapy place, etc and get a light rack. If you've got a track bike or otherwise are braze-on deficient, go to a hardware store and get some rubber-coated stainless steel P-clamps. Mount said rack to your bike, carry anything you want. I routinely carry 120 lbs on a rack, but it's a Jandd expedition on a mountain bike frame...you can easily get away with 50 lbs or so on almost any rack, and racks can be had for practically nothing (or nothing) used.
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Old 12-20-05, 09:49 AM   #8
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do like the mules do ... put whatever extra you need in a condom/balloon and swallow it.
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Old 12-20-05, 09:55 AM   #9
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I have to agree. there's really no substitute for being really prepared. How far will the great holiday trek be? Anything more than 50 miles and I wouldn't want to even have a messenger bag, let alone stuff duct-taped everywhere...
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oh yeah, also, i have to rule out buying things. i think the resources i'm working with are, an extra small knapsack and ducktape. i wonder if there's a way to strap the dealie onto my stem and bars somehow, that won't completely inhibit my ability to control my bike. we'll see. either way, it's bound to be fun/ridiculous/uncomfortable.

chimbly, that picture made me pee my pants.

unfortunately i'm at work.
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yup, i'd tape the bag to the bars, very securely, and make sure you can turn the bars (!) without hitting the bag.

i know many, many riders who will tell you that carrying cargo out front is far preferrable to in the back.
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Old 12-20-05, 10:24 AM   #12
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You could make a roll of clothes in a blanket and use a couple of belts to strap them to the front. http://www.onebag.com/ is a great place to visit, I make sure to read it everytime I'm preparing for a trip. You quickly learn what you don't need.
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yeah, if you've got some stuffsacks, you could strap one to your handlebars, and another to your seat rails. belts or rope would work, but backpacking straps are better if you have some. If you haven't got stuffsacks, then pillowcases, or a bedroll will do. regardless of what you put em in, the contents of the back should be inside a garbage bag. Line the sack with a garbage bag, stuff everything in, then compress the bag to get all the air out, and wind and knot the neck. this will be as waterproof as any expensive waterproof gear you can buy provided you take good care of the garbage bag ad don't puncture it. You can tell if it's got a puncture, because a compressed bag with an airtight seal should retain it's shape. If it doesn't air has gotten back in, and there is a leak somewhere.
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i just realized that i have an extra stem and set of bullhorns. i'm pretty sure that i can clamp that **** on to my seatpost, sticking backwards, and then use duct tape and other goodies to strap a bag on to this improvised rack..

unless there's a problem with clamping a stem onto a seatpost. i figure 27.2mm and 1 1/8" are close enough to try but i wonder if the seatpost is strong enough to hold it. guidance or input, anybody?
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this guy had the right idea:

That reminds me of a fun christmas ride one year. My company gave me a tremendous turkey one year. At the time I lived in Houston and always rode to Sugarland to visit the folks for holidays and such. Having no use for the turkey I managed to get it strapped onto the outside of my messenger bag which was full of my clothes and gifts to my family.

Only 28 miles by the route I took, but with that turkey it felt longer! When I got there my stepfather took the turkey off my back by unstrapping it and lifting it away by its new handle. He did it quick so my mother wouldn't see and only showed me after. Some lunatic had fired on me at some point in my ride, there was a crossbow bolt embedded 6 inches in my frozen turkey! I hadn't noticed a thing.

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i just realized that i have an extra stem and set of bullhorns. i'm pretty sure that i can clamp that **** on to my seatpost, sticking backwards, and then use duct tape and other goodies to strap a bag on to this improvised rack..

unless there's a problem with clamping a stem onto a seatpost. i figure 27.2mm and 1 1/8" are close enough to try but i wonder if the seatpost is strong enough to hold it. guidance or input, anybody?
a small shim should make up the difference and as long as your seatpost isn't carbon fiber you shouldn't have a problem.
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One of the dudes from Surly did this for his touring Unicycle with a tandem stoker stem. I'd say give it a go, but don't overload your seat "rack". Also, don't do it if you have a carbon seatpost.
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Old 12-22-05, 08:34 AM   #18
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my seatpost is definitely not carbon, i'm glad to hear it's not gonna crumple my seatpost or some ****.

i gotta say, i'm pretty pleased with this idea. woot.
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that is straight GULLY
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when I bike to the laundromat sometimes, I fill up a big knapsack for my back...and then a huge duffle bag that I strap around, but keep in the front...I don't tape it or anything, but I just stay leaned over and rest it on the handlebars, and keep my hands in the drops....
works pretty well
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I like that tt bars idea. Here's an additional suggestion. take som parachute cord, or other strong thin rope, and wind it back and forth across the bars to make a net type arangement you can set a bag on top of. It might help keep things from sagging into your wheel. Use a little duct tape to keep the net from slipping off, and use bungies to strap everything on.
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