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Old 04-20-13, 05:44 PM
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Banjo on my Bike

I want too take my banjo with me on my wilderness bike tour up the north Canole road Yukon NWT boarder late spring early summer. I have a bob trailer witch might work but i prefer not to. I have 4 paniers front and back. This road is gravel and very remote. any ideas on how to carry it would be very appreciated. Thankyou
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Originally Posted by yukon biker View Post
any ideas on how to carry it
On your knee?
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Old 04-20-13, 08:48 PM
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The mosquitoes bouncing off it's strings might make it a little difficult to play
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Bungee it to the handlebars and play it while pedaling.
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Old 04-20-13, 08:55 PM
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Couldn't you use a bungee cord or two and lash it in back somewhere. I'd think it possible though not comfortable to carry it on your back, but I'm sure you've already thought of that. I did the Dempster last summer. Thought about but ended up leaving my guitar at home. It sure would have been fun to have in Carmacks I must say.
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Old 04-20-13, 08:59 PM
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Worth the effort - I would use a light weight cover and bungee it to the rear panners - Make sure you take your disposable Banjo - Not the good one...
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I'd try wrapping your sleeping bag around it as cushioning, put the whole thing in a plastic bag for waterproofing, and strap it to the top of the rear rack of the bike.
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Old 04-20-13, 09:17 PM
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Xtracycles have plenty of room, Like wise Surlys Big Dummy , both longtails..

A few years back I crossed paths with someone using that sort of rig to carry their Guitar on a self produced record tour .
burned her own CDs, and brought a stencil to spray paint a tour logo on T-shirts found at charity shops, along the way.




Ukelele Banjos are more convenient.. there are Piccolo 5 strings made too..

Smaller, shorter, scale and Pot..

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Originally Posted by yukon biker View Post
I want too take my banjo with me on my wilderness bike tour up the north Canole road Yukon NWT boarder late spring early summer. I have a bob trailer witch might work but i prefer not to. I have 4 paniers front and back. This road is gravel and very remote. any ideas on how to carry it would be very appreciated. Thankyou
What kind of case is the banjo going to be in? You could pack it in a watertight rectangular case and use your clothes for interior padding. You could then figure out a way to attach it to the top of your rear rack.
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Old 04-20-13, 09:37 PM
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oh, man, don't do it.

imagine the response of other nearby campers in the woods late at night when
they hear the theme from deliverance played on banjo......



or...how about an iPhone ap?

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Old 04-20-13, 09:38 PM
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Surely someone somewhere has come up with a collapsible banjo for easy carrying?
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Originally Posted by Northwestrider View Post
The mosquitoes bouncing off it's strings might make it a little difficult to play
ill cord and they can dance on the strings.
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Old 04-20-13, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by alexaschwanden View Post
Bungee it to the handlebars and play it while pedaling.
sounds like a crazy idea"
love it
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Old 04-20-13, 11:43 PM
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I've been up there hiking many times at Tomestone. did you stop in at Dawson City for the music festival. It's areal cool place in the summer. Any new found four legged bear friends. Did you par take in any tundra walks. cheers
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Old 04-20-13, 11:55 PM
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i have a deering goodtime 5 string open back not expensive it's lite weight not disposable and i love playing it, for 9 months. the other one is a fender rustler hevier and not as nice sounding.cheers
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Xtracycles have plenty of room, Like wise Surlys Big Dummy , both longtails..

Ukelele Banjos are more convenient.. there are Piccolo 5 strings made too..
My music teacher teaches ukelele wish I had a piccolo 5 string.
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Old 04-21-13, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post
oh, man, don't do it.

Imagine the response of other nearby campers in the woods late at night when
they hear the theme from deliverance played on banjo......
Love it bear and camper repellant
all in one cheers


or...how about an iphone ap?
love it bear and camper repellant all in one
cheers
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well the Pot will strap down on top of the rear rack, the neck stick out like the tail on a Sting Ray..

maybe you can pad and slip a piece of plastic pipe over the neck .. inside a GiG bag
[ assume you don't want to haul a real case]

I have less trouble, being a Mandolinist.
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1. I think the lightest hard case you can find will be a better choice than a soft one. It will protect your banjo better and be easier to tie down securely. You could even mount some d-rings on the case to lash it down with. The hard case will also facilitate shipping the banjo home if you decide to abandon the idea.
2. Lashing it on the back with the neck hanging out is the only reasonable way that I can see.
3. Best solution is a new bike! Surly Big Dummy. Expensive solution, but the best for carrying odd loads.
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Would you consider a banjolele (banjo/ukulele)? It's NOT a banjo (four strings only/different tuning), but if it's just to have some music with you, perhaps this might be a good time to explore a new instrument.

That said, a banjolele is pretty heavy, too, but it's MUCH smaller than a banjo. It's a start, anyway!
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A carrying a banjo is one sure fire way to clear out a crowded campsite!
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Originally Posted by robow View Post
On your knee?
Only if you come from Alabama.

Do not listen to the banjo naysayers. I'd love to camp next door to you, yukon biker. My best camping trip ever included a weekend at a bluegrass festival with some buddies who were in a band. Never had a better time.

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Old 04-23-13, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by marmot View Post
Only if you come from Alabama.

Do not listen to the banjo naysayers. I'd love to camp next door to you, yukon biker. My best camping trip ever included a weekend at a bluegrass festival with some buddies who were in a band. Never had a better time.
Thank you for your kind words. You would love it up here. we have the Atlin arts and music festival, Dawson City music festival, one uup the dempster in the northwest territories all in the summer time. cheers
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I would get a Reunion Blues gig bag or something similar and throw it in the bob. I had a Washburn travel guitar in a foamish case I
would put on the rack when doing short tours and it was fine. I also biked to a house gig I had here a half dozen times with my little PA, guitar(in Reunion Blues bag) and other stuffs in a lousy trailer. The guitar was fine, but the bumps had their way with my PA.
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I would get a Reunion Blues gig bag or something similar and throw it in the bob. I had a Washburn travel guitar in a foamish case I
would put on the rack when doing short tours and it was fine. I also biked to a house gig I had here a half dozen times with my little PA, guitar(in Reunion Blues bag) and other stuffs in a lousy trailer. The guitar was fine, but the bumps had their way with my PA.
I've traveled with a Washburn Rover and a tenor uke at different times. If you could find some sort of downsized playable thingy, it makes life a lot easier. I'll be taking the Rover with me for my unsupported 1st RAGBRIA this year. There's gotta be some jammin' going on.
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