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Old 07-12-10, 09:34 PM
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Trunk Bag for Tubus Fly Rack

Can anyone recommend a trunk bag that works well with the Tubus Fly rack? (Even a cheap one!) I understand that trunk bags have a variety of mounting systems and I am concerned that the bag may be unstable and shift around on the fly rack because of the shape of the Fly rack and the Fly's minimal size.

I am preparing for a supported tour so I don't need a large amount of carrying capacity. Maybe just a trunk bag and a handlebar bag.

Originally, I was going to use panniers (perhaps only one side) but as it turns out, there are some serious interference issues between my feet and the panniers. I would like waterproof but that is not an absolute requirement as this is my first bag and it could be replaced if I tour more frequently.

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Old 07-13-10, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by MTBaddict View Post
Can anyone recommend a trunk bag that works well with the Tubus Fly rack? (Even a cheap one!) I understand that trunk bags have a variety of mounting systems and I am concerned that the bag may be unstable and shift around on the fly rack because of the shape of the Fly rack and the Fly's minimal size.

I am preparing for a supported tour so I don't need a large amount of carrying capacity. Maybe just a trunk bag and a handlebar bag.

Originally, I was going to use panniers (perhaps only one side) but as it turns out, there are some serious interference issues between my feet and the panniers. I would like waterproof but that is not an absolute requirement as this is my first bag and it could be replaced if I tour more frequently.

Thanks in Advance.
I haven't found one yet I have the Vega which is slightly wider than the Fly. Just about every bike that I've used hasn't worked properly. I'm currently looking at adapting my existing bag...a Performance Transit...to an Ortlieb adapter.

I've also looked at a Rixen & Kaul Rack Pack but I can't find anyone who will ship them to the US.

Ortlieb makes a trunk bag but it's very small (8 L compared to 11 L for the Transit) and very expensive ($130 to $140). They also make the Bike Box which is less expensive, a bit bigger (close to the 11 L for the Transit) but it's a hard shell case and is quite wide. It's nearly as expensive too.
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Thanks, that is some good input.

I don't like hearing it though. Panniers did not work out so well with this rack and now trunk bags aren't looking so good either. I may be better off getting a different rack and possibly going with a seat bag and a handlebar bag for this [supported] tour.
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I just went on tour with the Tubus Fly rack on my road bike. If you're having heel clearance issues I suggest checking out the quick release kit, available here. With this, panniers should work out just fine.

However, if you're tour is supported, you may want to think carrying anything at all, besides food. Again, having just been on tour myself, I'm having trouble imagining what you'd need in the bags...
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Old 07-13-10, 12:58 PM
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I was going to invest in one of these racks. Why is there poor heel clearance with your bike. Is it because you are riding a mnt bike or road bike with short chainstays or the rack doesn't move back very far or large feet? My bike is an old shogun roadie. Fairly light and I want to keep it that way. Hope we get a few more replies. Seems kinda worthless if you can put panniers or trunk bag on it.

That kit gives you another inch clearance. I guess that's good enough if you a barley hitting it.
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I have the Vega and use an Arkel Tail Rider. Looks good, works just fine.

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Old 07-13-10, 03:11 PM
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look at the axiom bags
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Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
I was going to invest in one of these racks. Why is there poor heel clearance with your bike. Is it because you are riding a mnt bike or road bike with short chainstays or the rack doesn't move back very far or large feet?
I suppose the problem with heel clearance is due to a number of factors. It's not just my heels, I would need 6 or 8 inches more clearance to pedal!

1) The frameset is a 2007 Jamis Nova which is more of a cyclocross bike
2) My feet are size 11 (or 46 euro)
3) My crank length is 175mm
4) I bought the Nashbar waterproof panniers on sale and they are the largest that they make
5) The Fly is so small that the position of these pannier cannot be shifted fore or aft and the rack is low

If I had more time before this tour, I would like to try the Nashbar front panniers on this rack to see if they would fit.

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Old 07-13-10, 07:22 PM
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You may want a larger rear rack for future trips. Look at the Jandd "expedition" You never know when you might want a larger rack
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Carridice SQR is fitted to a seat post clip. traditional Large British saddle bags are not going to interfere with your feet.
if you got Ortlieb bags the mounting hooks are in slots to set them up further back.

Tubus has mounting parts to shift the rack rearward ..
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Old 07-15-10, 02:58 PM
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As good as that tubus Fly Rack looks on my bike, I think I will do this supported tour with a large seat/saddle bag, possibly supplemented with a handlebar bag. Long term I will work out the rack issue for touring independently.

I hadn't originally considered a saddle bag but they do make sense from the standpoint of being light weight and having reasonable capacity for the various items that I expect to carry. When you think of it, a substantial portion of the weight in any bag is in the mounting system. No rack will be needed with a saddle bag. Since I using a Brooks B17 saddle, I already have the metal loops for mounting a 'traditional' saddle bag. There are some nice ones available and, while I hadn't considered traditional materials like cotton duck, leather, and wood, they are actually highly functional, durable, and maintainable.
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If you don't want to invest in a saddlebag, a cheap alternative to a trunk bag would be just buying a dry bag and a few bungee cords. It can be made rather secure, at the expense of being easy to access. If however, it's supplemented by a handlebar bag, then ease of access doesn't really matter. I've done a few light tours like that, and it's worked out rather well.
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Old 07-15-10, 08:40 PM
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Medium size panniers will work with the Tubus Fly.

I have been using Deuter panniers for years with it.
http://www.amazon.com/Deuter-Rack-Pa.../dp/B002UMU9OI
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Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
That kit gives you another inch clearance. I guess that's good enough if you a barley hitting it.
It effectively gives you more than just 1 inch, because in addition to setting the rack back 1 inch, it also raises it at least another inch. Unless you have ginormous panniers, this is enough to get it out of the path of the crank.

OP, did you attach the strut behind your rear brake caliper, or did you get some sort of stay quick release? I used the rear caliper option, but rigged it up with a bracket-type extension from a hardware store. This kept the Fly's rather short strut more level, and thus the rack even further back.
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Originally Posted by sqharaway View Post
It effectively gives you more than just 1 inch, because in addition to setting the rack back 1 inch, it also raises it at least another inch. Unless you have ginormous panniers, this is enough to get it out of the path of the crank.

OP, did you attach the strut behind your rear brake caliper, or did you get some sort of stay quick release? I used the rear caliper option, but rigged it up with a bracket-type extension from a hardware store. This kept the Fly's rather short strut more level, and thus the rack even further back.
This is good to know.
So you rigged the flys single bracket to another bracket and attach the 2nd bracket to the caliper? This sounds promising. I only need to use the fly for a medium to small single pannier for commuting. For full on touring I use a complete different bike and setup.
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Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
This is good to know.
So you rigged the flys single bracket to another bracket and attach the 2nd bracket to the caliper? This sounds promising. I only need to use the fly for a medium to small single pannier for commuting. For full on touring I use a complete different bike and setup.
Yeah! I bought a right-angled steel bracket, and bent it to an obtuse angle (maybe 150-160 degrees) just to add length to the bracket that came with the rack. It's a cheap modification that worked flawlessly for me.
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