Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Utility Cycling
Reload this Page >

Finally got the monkey off my back.

Utility Cycling Want to haul groceries, beer, maybe even your kids? You don't have to live car free to put your bike to use as a workhorse. Here's the place to share and learn about the bicycle as a utility vehicle.

Finally got the monkey off my back.

Old 01-25-12, 03:10 PM
  #1  
Chesha Neko
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Chesha Neko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Finally got the monkey off my back.



The messenger bag monkey, that is!

After three months of commuting and grocery getting with a large messenger bag I finally got fed up and ordered a Carradice SQR Tour. It arrived this morning from the UK, and I got it mounted immediately for a quick run down the foothills to a couple of shops.

What a relief it is!
Chesha Neko is offline  
Old 01-25-12, 05:59 PM
  #2  
omegapd
Junior Member
 
omegapd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deep South, GA
Posts: 22

Bikes: Schwinn, Mt. Fury

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nice !!! Let us know how it works out.
omegapd is offline  
Old 01-25-12, 10:17 PM
  #3  
Chesha Neko
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Chesha Neko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks! First real commute with it will be tomorrow. Next up, I should get a trailer for hauling bigger loads -- this can only handle 10 kilos.
Chesha Neko is offline  
Old 01-31-12, 08:23 AM
  #4  
Chesha Neko
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Chesha Neko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So far I like the Carradice, but I keep bumping against the 16l limit -- at least the drawstring closure beneath the lid allows for some overstuffing. But I definitely need some more capacity, starting with a frame bag. Anyone have any experience with Revelate bags?

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde...=1&ProductID=5
Chesha Neko is offline  
Old 01-31-12, 02:47 PM
  #5  
fotooutdoors
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 358

Bikes: Salsa Fargo, One-One Inbred 29er, Blue Norcross

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Head over to bikepacking.net if you don't get any replies here. I don't have any first-hand experience with them, but they are well thought of over there. As an alternative, if you are sewing-savvy and have a decent machine, a frame bag is not that hard to make. I have made 2 using info posted on the DIY forum on bikepacking.net.

Honestly, a frame bag doesn't hold that much, but I do carry some heavy items in mine (tool kit, lock, etc). Good luck!
fotooutdoors is offline  
Old 02-01-12, 10:19 PM
  #6  
Chesha Neko
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Chesha Neko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the tip. I'd like to use the Revelate bags to move some of the small everyday stuff from the Carradice, so I'll have the whole capacity of that bag for other stuff. Also finding that using both the messenger bag and the Carradice works well -- just put all of the heavy stuff in the latter and the light stuff in the former. Still, prefer to avoid the messenger bag whenever possible.
Chesha Neko is offline  
Old 02-09-12, 10:33 PM
  #7  
Chesha Neko
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Chesha Neko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts


Revelate in the house. Steamroller is becoming Short Haul Trucker.
Chesha Neko is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.