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Old 08-19-13, 07:55 PM
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Odd Question ... Carrying Your Gear

I am having a problem with trying to find something to carry my gear in on my MTB. A seat post bag (which I want to be able to transfer between my MTB & commuter) is proving difficult - this would be to carry my tools in. However, I was considering getting a rack for my MTB (I have one for my commuter), and a small trunk bag that can be transferred back and forth. Not, only can this be transferred, but I can carry all the tools that I carry, as well as snacks and extra water (and perhaps, a lunch, if I feel like it). It was suggested to me to use a hydration-pack without the "bottle" in it, but I feel like my back will get all sweaty, and I do not want to feel that I am actually carrying anything on my person (I believe that the bike is there to carry the weight instead of me - this goes for my commuter, too).

Lanny's Gear (MTB)

- Forte' Easy Rider Saddle (This is new to Lanny, as he was purchased off of CL, and the seat that he came with was horrible on my boney tush ... LOL.)
- SCRAM XX Trigger Shifters (The wonderful guys at Performance Bike did a run-through of Lanny, and recommended new shifters, and brake cables. I put the shifters on about two weeks ago, and am going to put the brake cables on at a later date.
- Cabela's Multitool (Pink)
- Slime Skabs Pre-Glued Patches (I need to get another set for Lola.)
- A Small Folding Knife (Sorry, I do not have a direct link, but I did get it at Northwood's Wholesale Outlet, and it came with a multi-tool in the package, that I keep on Lola).
- Fox Racing Dirtpaw Gloves (Black/Pink) (I highly recommend these gloves. They are a very good price, and fit!)
- Waterproof Double White LED Light with Black Silicone
- Waterproof Double Red LED Light with Black Silicone
- Nutcase Pink Cheetah Matte Bike Helmet (Used for both commuting & MTB.)

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Old 08-19-13, 09:28 PM
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Ok, the fact that you name your bikes freaks me out a little. All I carry is a toothpick and a stick of gum. I can pretty much fix any problem with that.
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^^ No wad of used duct tape?
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Old 08-19-13, 10:54 PM
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I like my bevy of hydration packs. Biking, summertime and sweating just seem to happen. BUT, you are a lady and here might be a couple options to consider:

https://www.bikebagshop.com/bike-frame-bags-e-329.html
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Go hydration pack. WITH the bladder...then you won't have to worry about carrying bottles that are bound to get muddy and disgusting. You won't get that much more sweaty, really. Anyway, carrying the weight on your back makes for better weight distribution than if you try to put it on your bike. Plus it's a little extra padding if you loop out of a wheelie.
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Old 08-19-13, 11:32 PM
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I have a rack on my cruiser and a front small bag for most of the tools. I carry a small pump, patch kit, tire levers and a multi-tool. For longer trips I sometimes throw in the day hiking first aide kit. Basically bandaides, ointment, small ace bandage, ten foot of decently strong string, some ducktape, a lighter and cotton balls in one of those lovely heavy duty plastic ziplock bags they 'buy gold' kiosks at the mall throw at you. Those bags are great.

The bag is a re-purposed tiny portable game case/bookbag from Nintendo. It looks like the tiniest bookbag ever and it's padded/water proof. It was also a buck at a thrift store.

The cruiser somehow got stuck with the name 'Suzy'. I didn't name her that. My fiance named his bike The Defiant after Captain Sisko's ship. We plan to paint it up like the real thing this winter.

My commuter needs a name. After she's all fixed up.
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Old 08-19-13, 11:44 PM
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No offense intended, but a cruiser and a mountain bike are two different beasts. What works for one might not work for the other, and in the case of racks...yeah, don't put a rack on a mountain bike unless you want to completely screw the balance of the bike.

I kind of gave my bike a name when I first bought it. Within a week, it had been renamed to simply "the Yeti." That others are named "the hardtail," "the DJ," "the BMX," etc. An unintentional side effect is that referring to them as such is not only simpler for everyone I ride with, but also try sticking "the" in front of your name...it adds significant badass points.
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If you're talking about one of those seatpost bags that goes under the back of the seat, they have them with convenient little clips to detach from the bike. Maybe you could get a clip for both bikes and simply clip into the bike you're riding that day. Something like this. I think other companies make them too, and in different sizes. As for the hydration pack, they're great! I have a Detours Sienna 40 that I would highly recommend if you can find one somewhere, but I think they went out of production a couple years ago so you likely won't have any luck unless maybe ebay has them or something. I'd think someone must still make something like it. The air flow system really does keep your back cooler and keep you from getting that big sweaty, wet spot. I always wear mine MTBing and have used it for bike-packing up to ~25mi with no problems. IMO, nice hydration packs are the way to go, followed by cheaper-but-still-decent hydration packs, and everything else far behind.
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My bikes

Mountain bike: Ole widowmaker

Road Bike: Flipper (faster than lightening, no one you see is ....... Google Flipper TV show if you are too young to sing along!

I pack my hydration bag (M.U.L.E. and High Sierra) with ice, really packed! It helps stay cool for the first part of a ride. The MULE carries everything I need for a 4-6 hour ride. High Sierra is 70oz and good for a couple hours.
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
. . . but also try sticking "the" in front of your name...it adds significant badass points.
I'm having a hard time imagining you gaining any badass points with "the Shrimp."
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I'm having a hard time imagining you gaining any badass points with "the Shrimp."
Try emphasizing it, with some emphasis on the "the." THE Shrimp. Try it with an Italian accent. Bada bing.

Alright...maybe not.
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^^ So, as in:

Originally Posted by ZeeItalianAccent
ZEE Shreemp, she takes zee beating on zee skeenies but she makes up for it on zee BEEG jhumps
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Ya, guess I can maybe see that.
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This should be more than ample enough room for your gear- https://banjobrothers.com/products/cu...-saddle-trunk/
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There's also the Jandd Mtn Wedge III- https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMW3
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Bwahaha, those overloaded bikes crack me up. Interesting that none of them have front panniers or handlebar bags...
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
This should be more than ample enough room for your gear- https://banjobrothers.com/products/cu...-saddle-trunk/

That looks like just what I need been having the same problem. I don't really want to carry a backpack because I already carry a camelback. I may have to try this out. So glad I got on tonight thanks no1mad!
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^^Nicely set up! I tried rear panniers and always hit them with my feet. I like this set up.
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Well, I finally broke down, and ordered myself a hydration pack. Specifically, the CamelBak Highwire 25 Hydration Pack -3L Reservoir. I went to the REI store, and tried on a similar pack, due to the fact that they didn't have that one in stock, and liked the fit, the feel etc. What also hit the nail on the head for me was the price I paid for it. I bought it at Sierra Trading Post with a $44 store credit, and 35% off the already discounted price of $79.95, so my total was only $7.30. I had to jump on the 35% off, as it was only going to last until tomorrow.

So, it will be here in 3-6 days. Very excited, and should be ready to roll with it when it comes, because I am re-doing (for the third time, third times a charm when you're learning) my front brakes (cables & housing) and replacing (for the first time & hopefully only once this time) my rear brakes (cables & housing). Hopefully, it goes well, and I don't have to re-do them again, since it is just me and I am not having any help. It's not the actual mechanical work, just the actual process of pulling the wire tight which is difficult to do with only two hands (okay its' sorta mechanical). But, we shall see, and hopefully I won't waste $20 bucks again on materials and this will be the last time for the fronts and only time for the rear (for a while anyway).

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I gotta get one of those.
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