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Old 03-18-06, 04:16 PM   #1
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carrying a drawing board

i'm sure theres some artists here so one of you may be able to help me with this. I have a drawing board thats about 26 X 23 inches (and flat) that has been keeping me from biking to class. Do any of you have any experience carrying one of these? I have yet to find a good way.
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Old 03-18-06, 04:20 PM   #2
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There isn't really.... I have shoved canvases in my big messenger bag but they are so unwieldy that you can barely put your head up to look at traffic, and the wind catches them like crazy and can totally put you off balance.

If what you are moving is just 26x23 inched you could probably just shove it in a big bag though. I was talking about 30x40 inch canvases!
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Old 03-18-06, 04:22 PM   #3
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there's some portfolio type bags that have straps like a backpack.
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Old 03-18-06, 04:31 PM   #4
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my bag is the medium size reload, so it doesn't fit in it. the board does have a handle cut out of it, so i might try and see if i can attatch it to my bag somehow. and create a nice little sail, so the wind can knock me over

edit: it's like this
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Old 03-18-06, 04:43 PM   #5
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I'd look for portfolios that have shoulder straps or backpack straps. I've seen a couple different kinds at the local art store.
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Old 03-18-06, 04:59 PM   #6
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i rode once with a board like that, bungeed to my backpack. i couldnt see anything, and so i just walk whenever i have to take it anywhere.
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How about a surfboard rack?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...1040?n=3375251

Quite dorky, but probably the safest way, in terms of visibility and stability.
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Old 03-18-06, 06:41 PM   #8
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...and falling over every time there is a gust of wind.
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You can definately strap that onto a bag, or put it between the bag and your back. It may not be the most comfortable thing ever, but I know I carry stuff that size nearly every day on my bike.
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shove that **** between your back and bag.

The weight of your bag should press the drawing board securely against your skin and prevent it from falling. As long as you have at least a slightly aero position, not upright, this method should be fine.

Ive done this a few times when flat packages dont fit... The distance should not matter if you have it securely and comfortably placed.
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Old 03-18-06, 07:33 PM   #11
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problem solved! i figured out a way to attatch to my bag by cutting two holes in the board.
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shove that **** between your back and bag.

The weight of your bag should press the drawing board securely against your skin and prevent it from falling. As long as you have at least a slightly aero position, not upright, this method should be fine.

Ive done this a few times when flat packages dont fit... The distance should not matter if you have it securely and comfortably placed.

that's the only way I've ever done it, without "chicken-winging" it. I mean, it's a large flat board. it's GOING to catch the wind.

a help is to use te rookie strap to keep it in position
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This is a perfect excuse for a cargo bike.
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what about a bike rack, and then just bungee the board onto the rack, which is on the back of your bike...
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I have carried so much crap from home to school before. It was about a 4 mile ride each way, not bad at all. What works well for boards and canvas and foam core etc is bungee cording it to the outsdie of your bag.

One time i carried a huge canvas bungeed on my bag. It was so big that i swiped a few side mirrors and when i got to school i couldnt get off my bike because it was so big that it was hanging below my seat off the back end. So i circled around until i found a friend who unhooked it for me while i trackstanded. I always considered a trailer but never really looked into it. Just keep some bungee cords in your bag at all times, you'd be surprised what you can haul around.
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...and falling over every time there is a gust of wind.
my work is right by an art school (CCA in SF) and i see students riding their bike with weird-shaped/large-sized object(s) in backpack, etc. everyday. at least once a week, i see someone fall over. i feel for them.
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problem solved! i figured out a way to attatch to my bag by cutting two holes in the board.
well, looks like it's drawing board to the ole back...
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Theres this portfolio bag that has straps like a back pack, people who ride motorcycles use them, or people who just dont like to hold things with their hands. utrecht might carry them.

I know they exist.
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wear it like a shark's fin.

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