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Old 09-08-16, 01:07 PM
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Bags that fit well on Bikeshare (Citibike et al) bikes?

Citibike (NYC) just put a rack down the block from me - so I'm thinking about selling the old commuter bike and using Citibike to commute (and using the money for a new road bike). However, my old panniers don't work on Citibikes. The front rack doesn't fit my other bags well - they slide out of the weird front rack, sometimes onto the street, when using the Citibike. I just want to be able to bring some papers and books back and forth. Any recommendations?

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Old 09-08-16, 01:57 PM
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Must be different from the San Francisco bikes - no rack at all... just a sort of book holder thing with a bungie cord.




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I've only used the NYC Citibike once; but I think an ordinary backpack or messenger bag should fit:
Citibike New York City by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

This thread won't be about a "special bag" for bike rentals; will it?
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I'm not sure where the panniers would go exactly?

This seems like a good situation for a large messenger bag on yer back with the option to ride with it in the front basket. I researched messenger bags forever online and found a bunch of options from smaller companies as well as the bigger usual suspects like TimBuk2 and Chrome and found zero that were perfect for me - but the TimBuk2 came the closest. Loving it this summer so far. YMMV.
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You should add a bungee cord to help strap your bag in if I recall correctly. I used a smaller normal purse that fit fine, but I had to wrap the straps around the bars!

A few people did make specialty bags!

Finally, a Bag That Fits the Tiny Rack on Bike-Share Bikes - CityLab
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It's not all that convenient, but I have put my backpack in the basket, using the supplied bungie. I would like to know what works better than that. Sometimes lashing it in is so hard, I just wear the backpack.
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Thanks, everyone. I've been trying to stay away from a messenger bag - I have one, but I don't like the sweat stripe I get on my back sometimes from it. And I've tried using the included bungee to attach a bag - it's just not very well designed and doesn't hold any kind of bag I've tried very well - the last thing I need is my stuff strewn all over the street because it falls out.

Thanks for the link for the Po Campo bag - unfortunately, they seem sold out.
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I'm not sure I quite get the question. Almost all of my bags work, as long as they're not too wide to fit (the basket is a bit narrow). I've never had a bag fall out with the bungee tied over it (I had one or two mishaps when I forgot the bungee); if anything, the bungee is sometimes too tight. I've carried a canvas briefcase, a large-ish backpack, assorted shopping bags. Even my Brompton front carrier bag works, though awkwardly and with some cramming. The baskets are a bit awkward, but I've never had a problem, like I said, unless the item I'm carrying is too big to fit, or too small to tie down with the bungee. Plastic shopping bags are a pain.

On a side note, if you haven't already, keep an eye on bike availability in your area before you commit by getting rid of your own bike. Where I am, I can't use Citi Bike as my regular commuter, as all too often, there are no bikes in the morning, or no parking in the evening. Getting a bike in the evening near work can also be a trick. I use bike share for trips other than commuting, and as a backup for days when riding my own bike isn't practical.

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Yeah, I agree, Wilfred. Almost any backpack or messenger bag fits.
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I'm glad for this thread, because it points to the usefulness of carrying a bungie or two. My trouble isn't so much the basket size but the bungie length.

wilfred makes a good point. Before you sign up for citi bike, get the smart phone app and check it at times when you would use the service. The app shows how many bikes and open slots there are at each station. It's not 100% accurate, but it's close. Often there are no bikes at the nearest station, but there are some a short walk away. Same with empty docks once I'm on the bike. It's best to check both endpoints before starting out.
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One thing to note about availability, is that at some of the busier stations they now have a "bike valet" service from 7:30am to 7:30pm on weekdays. This means you are pretty much guaranteed a bike all day. They do it at the Bowling Green station near my office, and I know at a few other locations as well.
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