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Old 09-05-09, 07:18 PM   #1
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Are you a photographer and a cyclist?

If so I am looking for a good way to haul some gear on my bike.
I have tried a few things like securing a lowepro bag to my rear rack but it seems to bounce the camera around a little bit to much for my comfort. I typically carry around a DSLR, wide anglel lens and a telephoto lens.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated . Thanks
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Check with xcapekey, otherwise known as Russ Roca (his web site contains useful info, too).
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There is a guy on crazy-guy-on-a-bike who shows how he carried his photography gear during a trip. Also gave a mini course on photography.Found some good ideas there. Link is http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p..._id=69155&v=lc
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I carry my lowepro bag where it was designed to be carried...on my back. Just don't go too fast or your bag (as well as you back) will get very sweaty. As for carrying my tripod? Well, still trying to work that one out.

Edit: Also be very careful when packing the bag--use the velcro dividers to tightly secure your lens, and put your heavy stuff (telephoto) low and off the body.
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Home cobbled camera bag/pannier
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My DIY camera bags.
One is made from an Osprey Torque, the other a Pelican case.

The Torque bag is the best camera bag I've used on or off the bike.
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Thanks everyone. Those are some very interesting links.
`Orum, I use a Lowepro Stealth Reporter 650.
I have thought about a backpack but to be honest I would rather let the bike do the lugging around and give my back a rest.
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I have an old LowePro Off-Road. I don't know if it is still made, but it works as a shoulder bag and butt-pack. The side pockets are removeable, which makes it pretty versitile. I haven't tried it while riding yet.





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If so I am looking for a good way to haul some gear on my bike.
I have tried a few things like securing a lowepro bag to my rear rack but it seems to bounce the camera around a little bit to much for my comfort. I typically carry around a DSLR, wide anglel lens and a telephoto lens.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated . Thanks
Pictured is my bike after returning home from a combined shopping trip and local photo trip. Old School Pentax K1000 with two lenses is in the Mr Goodwrench Sandwich bag hanging from the side of my basket.
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Thanks everyone. Those are some very interesting links.
`Orum, I use a Lowepro Stealth Reporter 650.
I have thought about a backpack but to be honest I would rather let the bike do the lugging around and give my back a rest.
Ah yeah, that could be an issue, I have the security backpack style (flipside 300). I suppose it depends on how far you ride and how much equip you take for what's comfortable.

You might be able to suspend a platform inside a milkcrate or similar, using a lot of tensioned bungie cords, to provide some shock absorption. Just be sure to strap it in tightly. Personally I'd plan on trying to make the equipment survive in the case of a fall, as I think the regular vibration over most roads is not much worse than a car.
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I am considering a Pelican case that I can permanently mount to a rack. They have foam all inside them that should absorb the shock if I hit something in the road. I just have to find one I can look at to see if it would be tough enough to withstand being bolted to a rack.
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I am considering a Pelican case that I can permanently mount to a rack. They have foam all inside them that should absorb the shock if I hit something in the road. I just have to find one I can look at to see if it would be tough enough to withstand being bolted to a rack.

Yes they can.
Used Ortlieb small parts to mount this one too.
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Yes they can.
Used Ortlieb small parts to mount this one too.


That is great news. Do you feel like your gear is safe in there as you ride?
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Yes I do.
But I've also had no problems with the pannier bag either.
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I've given up trying to take my lowerpro bag on the bike. Instead, I pack a limited number of filters and lenses that I think I may need in my pannier bags. Also, when cycling, I don't even consider taking the tripod. However, I can bungee my Manfrotto monopod to the rack; it compresses to a manageable 2.5 ft.
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When traveling with gear, I normally sling my Lowepro Slingshot 200AW onto my back. Works but not perfect for longer trips.

When just carrying a DSLR + Grip + Tamron 17-50 I'll wrap it in a sweat shirt and put it in my trunk bag.
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