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Old 12-03-15, 12:29 AM
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Doing a photo project on bike-need suggestions

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I'm planning on doing a long term project photographing architecture all around the downtown area. The plan is to use my bike (Giant Toughroad SLR) with a rear rack and a covered milk carton basket. The camera gear will be in a 22lbs backpack and a lightweight carbon fiber tripod. What do you think? Any suggestion would be appreciated it.
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I don't see why it would not work for you. However, with the high center of gravity I would suggest making sure your bike is completely stable when parked or otherwise left to support your gear unattended. Would be a shame to have your gear topple to the ground should the bike fall over. Maybe a 'Y' style kick stand?
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I have at least one heavy duty plastic milk crate but usually prefer a generic rolling collapsible insulated nylon bag - cost around $15 or so, end of summer sale. The metal frame for the telescoping handle mates almost perfectly with my bike's Bontrager rear rack and secures with one or two bungee cords. It'll hold up to 30 lbs filled with the equivalent to three paper grocery bags. I've also used it for toting parcels to be shipped. And it will hold at least two of my medium to large size camera gear bags. The rolling cooler offers some protection from water and shock.

None of my tripods is quite short enough to fit inside the rolling cooler when zipped shut so I usually bungee the tripod on top of the bag.

I also repurposed my old Lowepro Off Trail camera waist bag as a handlebar bag. No frame or rack. I just wrap the waist belt around the stem - the Globe Carmel has a tall stem and upright bar, so there's plenty of clearance. It fits outside or inside the frame, and doesn't touch my knees on the inside because of the bike's unusually long wheelbase and tall handlebar stem. Mostly it holds my flat repair kit, compact camera, phone, a metal thermos and smallish odds and ends.

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An ideal application for one of the low gravity type bikes with the big stand in front- so it can't blow over with all your stuff in it.
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You could also adapt a hardshell suitcase/briefcase type container. Drill, add some hooks and suspend from side.
QR hook kits can be purchased separately.
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You are carrying a Big Tripod? Or will it pack small .. ?

35mm film cameras ... Lowe Pro Fanny pack , included straps to secure a Compact Tripod .

BITD 'selfies' required the delayed shutter release timer on the camera ..



+1 ^^^ Pelican cases are not only water proof , they seal so well as to be air Tight & include an equalization vent

to open a case you closed at a higher altitude than the one you want to open it..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
You are carrying a Big Tripod? Or will it pack small .. ?

35mm film cameras ... Lowe Pro Fanny pack , included straps to secure a Compact Tripod .

BITD 'selfies' required the delayed shutter release timer on the camera ..



+1 ^^^ Pelican cases are not only water proof , they seal so well as to be air Tight & include an equalization vent

to open a case you closed at a higher altitude than the one you want to open it..

I'm using a Compact Manfrotto 190 CXPro4 Carbon tripod along with a Thinktank Airport Essential backpack. Total weight for both is under 30lbs.

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Fancy stuff
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Fancy stuff
My milk carton isn't too fancy.
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carbon fiber tripods are ..

you could get carbon thread and weave a basket out of it.. paint it with epoxy..
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