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Old 05-20-11, 11:15 PM   #1
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'Portaging' a Frameset with a Messenger?

Alright guys. I've been posting more and more here because you guys really are some of the most practical cyclists around in terms of gear.

Now, I bike to work. Especially now that my brother is home from college and my car is unavailable to me because he works further from home.

I typically ride on my road bike, although sometime on my 29er. Anyway, I have a frameset that I'll be taking in for a seat tube reaming and I'd like to know if anybody here has a preferred method for carrying a bike frame with a messenger bag.

All advice is appreciated. It's a taller frame so it will undoubtedly get in the way, but I'd appreciate as much help as I can get.
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Old 05-20-11, 11:17 PM   #2
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top tube in the fold.

that's how i carried this home in the mw backpack today...
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Old 05-20-11, 11:21 PM   #3
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Interesting. It's a 58cm vintage frame with longish stays, so I'm just trying to visualize how it would work. Any chance you could take a picture?

Beautiful frame, by the way. I love me some cyclocross.
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top tube in the fold.

that's how i carried this home in the mw backpack today...
Damn you fit an entire drum kit and a frameset!?!?!
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over your shoulder? I have carried numerous whole bikes on my right shoulder holding onto the front wheel with my right hand and steering with my left hand. Wrap an extra shirt around the junction of the top tube and seat tube cause that's right where the weight pushes down. I've taken 25lb old road bikes 3 miles no problem. A 4 or 5lb frame should be no problem
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top tube in the fold.

that's how i carried this home in the mw backpack today...

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funny you post this, go to the mission workshop site there's a video on there featuring their messenger bag on a rider in France and he hauls his dream frame from one location to this LBS

I got a call today from my wheelbuilder that my wife's weight weenies wheelset was done and ironically i was commuting home so i thought how would one haul a set of wheels w/ a backpack/messenger bag.

But i would like to see how you hauled that frame w/ your MW Backpack
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I got a call today from my wheelbuilder that my wife's weight weenies wheelset was done and ironically i was commuting home so i thought how would one haul a set of wheels w/ a backpack/messenger bag.
wheelbuild specs? You including "weight weenie" inclines me to ask.
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haha

I ordered a set of ultralight hubs 20f/24r from bikehubstore.com 275g for the front and rear hubs. a pair of Kinlin xr270 rims (418g/419g), Ti Skewers weighing in at 47g for both. I had my lbs wrench pick the spokes i believe they're aerolites. I'm picking them up today and will weigh them and snap a pic. I guess it's not UBER weight weenie i love my wife and dont want her to get killed on some crazy light wheelset. I was shooting for a respectable mid 1300g build?

We just picked her up a 2011 Scott CR1 contessa swapped out the 105 group w/ my SRAM Red and it dropped it a pound. Amazing. Bike right now w/ Look Keo pedals/garmin sensor/cage 16.88 from. It's got mavic aksium (1790g) so i'm hoping to get her bike below 15lbs?

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Not to derail the thread but could you post a link to the hubs? I'm putting together a new set of CX race wheels for next season.

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I'm kinda short (5'6), and I find with the messenger bag I sometimes have a problem of the frame shifting slightly and either getting caught on the seat (which feels terrifying if I needed to bail) or rubbing the tire. If you're gonna use a bag, besides using the bag's fold, I would use old tubes /bungee cords to strap it securely to the bag and/or yourself. Headtube down seems to help too, won't slip downwards as easily.

I generally I just throw the frame over my head, top tube behind. Really weird to get it positioned right, but was surprisingly easy once there. I've also done a sort of DIY backpack method of looping old tubes around/through the frame (I think I did one through headtube and one through seat stay). That also worked pretty well.
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Here's the aforementioned MW video caps:





Seems to work okay as long as you stay leaned forward.
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CRICKEY! i'd like to see a youtube video of how that was done

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http://www.bikehubstore.com/
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