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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2012 edited
     
    I re-used a BikeE trunk bag. It fits very well on a CETMA 5-rail front cargo rack.
    IMG04013-20120812-1220.jpg

    I rode this setup from Balboa Park to San Ysidro border to Suzie's farm to the Trolley Station then to Balboa Park. It had about 10 lbs in front and lunch and water in the back. It handled superbly well.

    BikeE trunk bag on a CETMA 5 rail cargo rack
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2012 edited
     
    A folded pair of 650b Col de la vie strapped on the Brompton bag.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2012 edited
     
    My friend Travis told me about how he made the surfboard rack on his 650b commuter. Click on the BLUE text to get more details on materials required to build a DIY surf rack

    DIY Surfboard Bike Rack - Surf Sufficient
    by www.KORDUROY.tv


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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2012 edited
     
    markphilips:My friend Travis told me about how he made the surfboard rack on his 650b commuter. Click on the BLUE text to get more details on materials required to build a DIY surf rack

    DIY Surfboard Bike Rack - Surf Sufficient
    by www.KORDUROY.tv

    He was using a fairly small and light board in his demonstration, never the less that looks a lot sturdier than the ones at the surf shop. When new you can disassemble and remove the store bought racks pretty quickly from your bike. This way you are not stuck with the rack on the side when you use your bike for other purposes. However, if you live near the beach they will rust really quickly (at least mine did). Then disassembly becomes next to impossible so thats a moot point. ;-) Anywho, that was a good video and he did have a nice old Specialized!
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2012
     
    Porteur in action!



    Trip to the pet store...the 28lb dog food bag definitely was maxing out the weight limit on the Porteur but it held up well and steering wasn't compromised all to much.
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    svelocity:
    markphilips:My friend Travis told me about how he made the surfboard rack on his 650b commuter. Click on the BLUE text to get more details on materials required to build a DIY surf rack

    DIY Surfboard Bike Rack - Surf Sufficient
    by www.KORDUROY.tv

    He was using a fairly small and light board in his demonstration, never the less that looks a lot sturdier than the ones at the surf shop. When new you can disassemble and remove the store bought racks pretty quickly from your bike. This way you are not stuck with the rack on the side when you use your bike for other purposes. However, if you live near the beach they will rust really quickly (at least mine did). Then disassembly becomes next to impossible so thats a moot point. ;-) Anywho, that was a good video and he did have a nice old Specialized!



    Travis also has a Yuba Mundo long tail cargo bike with the PVC surfrack. He made the surf rack just for Kurduroy.tv and to promote Encinitas Bike Walk comittee.
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    I found a Side-Ride surf rack at a local surf shop in Carlsbad. I wanted something easy to remove and transfer to different bikes. It has machined Aluminum blocks that clamps on seatposts and bike frame; it uses steel racks. So I plan to remove the steel parts when not in use.

    Side-Ride Bike Rack for Surf board IMG04215-20120904-0905.jpg Bike Friday Tandem XL with surf board Side Racks Bike Friday Tandem XL carrying an 8 ft Wavestorm surf board using Side Racks IMG04210-20120904-0852.jpg
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2012
     
    Boeshield applied to the metal bits, can work at preventing rust.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2012
     
    In front of Alchemy

    • CommentAuthorsrvienna
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2012
     
    ^^^Not a bad deal on the Bike Commuter Store $299
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2012 edited
     
    That is a great deal to get more people on bikes. That integrated handle bar and front rack is worth it; a similar model made in Denmark cost $200.
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2012
     
    Any recommendations from folks for a small front rack that will not be carrying a lot of weight? The bike is a tad fancy, so I was moving away from the Nashbar cheapies, but on the other hand the Nitto and Velo Orange racks I have scoped are painfully expensive (I linked the VO rack with an integrated decaleur, since I have an eye towards putting a bag on the rack).

    Any offerings of suggestions? Thanks to you that do!
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    DStone,

    NiagaraCycle.com - racks

    I've considered buying from this outfit in the past but got stopped cold when I saw the shipping charges. Now they offer free shipping on orders over $100. I may give them a second look and consider an order for parts that I need and sundry gear. The selection seems from low to high expense, so you may find something to fit the bill. They have a fully stocked web site and you may find other things to get you to $100. Of course, you save on CA Tax accordingly.

    Note Savings at Niagara: Passhunter front rack $73.00 vs. Velo Orange $80.00 (+ shipping)

    (Similar savings on other VO racks as well.)

    Velo Orange Constructeur Front Rack Polish Stainless: Niagara $86.00 vs Velo Orange $95.00 (+ shipping)

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    REI.com - racks

    I also like REI.com because of their free shipping over $50 and total satisfaction guarantee. I usually make up a "Wish List" of wanted items and then wait for one of their seasonal sales. Sometime 30% off regular price if you're willing to wait. (I'm guessing the XMAS Sale will be the next one.) You do have to be a member of REI; a one time $20 membership fee that even gets you 10% return on regular priced items anytime. I've had my membership for years.

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    If your bike is a tad fancy, maybe Nitto or VO make sense in the long run. It is a little pricey up front, but you'll probably be happy with the rack's performance and over time the cost/(years of good usage) will decline. If you have to replace a cheap rack or it fails at a critical time (out in BF Egypt) then the savings are lost. Also, if your bike is your "baby", why not dress it up a little and ride in style?

    As Hans has pointed out;

    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." ~ Benjamin Franklin

    Good Hunting!

    OKB

    Just for Fun: spiral-illusion
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      CommentAuthorGeoff
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2012
     
    I snapped this picture without too much thought about the bike when I first saw it. I just wanted a look at the porteur rack. Looking closer, though, and things get interesting. First, the custom fork wasn't just a tap-n-drill job to make the rack holes, but purpose machined. Second, is that a Rohloff hub in the back?!?! And the internal routing of the wire doesn't look stock. Whoever put this rig together did an excellent stealth job, because I wouldn't have given it more than a glance if I wasn't so interested in front racks these days. Am I fooling myself, and this is an actual retail model of something that's been disguised?
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    I think that is last year's (maybe few years) model of the Specialized Globe with the 7 speed IGH from SRAM.
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2012
     
    Geoff:I snapped this picture without too much thought about the bike when I first saw it. I just wanted a look at the porteur rack. Looking closer, though, and things get interesting. First, the custom fork wasn't just a tap-n-drill job to make the rack holes, but purpose machined. Second, is that a Rohloff hub in the back?!?! And the internal routing of the wire doesn't look stock. Whoever put this rig together did an excellent stealth job, because I wouldn't have given it more than a glance if I wasn't so interested in front racks these days. Am I fooling myself, and this is an actual retail model of something that's been disguised?


    Interesting!

    On a side note... love the kitty carpet to the side of the bike. And puppy's face on svelocity's post was just priceless... :)

    svelocity:
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    I saw this Schwinn Coffee city bike parked in front of Vinaka Cafe in Carlsbad. The leather attache case looks classy on this bike.
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    svelocity:Ok I have a question about transporting a bike using a bike. So I'd like to bike to the velodrome transporting my track bike with my commuter. Is there some rack/system/trailer (other than converting everything to an xtracycle) that can do this? I've poked around on the interweb but I can't seem to find anything. Thanks!

    Edit..
    This is fairly ridiculous... http://2x2cycles.com/
    Potential but seems you have to add components to the track bike to make it work and I'd prefer not too... http://www.trail-gator.com/


    See more posts on the Trailer thread for transporting bikes. Below is another simple solution if you live fairly near to the Velodrome with access to quieter streets.


    http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/2012/11/two-for-one.html
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2012 edited
     
    I realized I haven't carried anything unusual or different in a while.

    My Encinitas Holiday Parade bike (Nic's classic Electra cruiser). I added the banana seat for the parade. Unexpected benefit: low rider style enabled me to put my feet on the ground while sitting on the seat. I didn't really need to carry the 3 camp chairs on the Wald basket. But it was impressive how it carried the load. It was very stable.

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2012 edited
     
    Picked up the 56 cm Gitane frame from Stephan. When I strapped it on the rear rack, the bike looked like a Franken-Brompton
    Looks like a Franken-Brompton
    The frame by the way is a good fit for my nephew who lives in Dana Point and commutes to Lake Forrest. We'll be building it using spare parts.
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2012
     
    ^^ The Franken-brompton was good for Halloween, no? :-p


    I'm looking for a rear rack but my Schwinn doesn't have rack holes on the seat stays.

    My bike actually looks a lot like Sigurd's first post on this thread:
    http://sdbikecommuter.com/forums/comments.php?DiscussionID=97&page=1
    Almost the same color too! Except my bike is a Prelude and I think that is a.. Prestige?

    So it only has the two places to attack the rack: top of the seat pillar and at the bottom of the seat stays -where the fender is currently attached.

    Any ideas on what a good rack would be for this set up? I want to relieve my back from the 18 pounds of backpack I was hauling this morning...

    I also have noticed that some people prefer using front racks -although I mostly see the rear being loaded. Is there a good reason for one over the other?
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    gavilan:
    So it only has the two places to attack the rack: top of the seat pillar and at the bottom of the seat stays -where the fender is currently attached.


    I don't know what kind of mounting you have available on "top of the seat pillar," but you can totally double up on the mounts you're using for your fender if there's only one set. I stripped the threads of one of mine, and was all bummed cause then it was fenders OR rack. I was griping about this to a friend and he says, "you could just double 'em up..."

    DOH!

    Works like a charm.
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2012
     
    Well, it's just the seat tube bolt, I guess...don't quite know how to explain myself but you can see Sigurd's picture on the thread i referred to on my post above. My bike is exactly like that.

    When you say doubling them up, do you mean just attach both the fender and the rack to the same mount? I assume that's what you mean but just want to make sure I am understanding correctly.

    Thanks.
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2012
     
    You could mount it to the seat stays using clamps like these:

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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2012
     
    gavilan:

    Any ideas on what a good rack would be for this set up? I want to relieve my back from the 18 pounds of backpack I was hauling this morning...

    I also have noticed that some people prefer using front racks -although I mostly see the rear being loaded. Is there a good reason for one over the other?

    An inexspensive, yet very durable variation on mfutch's suggestion is to use p-clamps from your local hardware store for $0.49 each. Made of plated steel, and rubber lined, they won't slide or scratch your frame. Then, as Hippy suggested, double up on your lower fender mounts, or get another set of p-clamps.

    As for not loading the front racks, I use mine all the time. Keep the weight low (panniers) and close to the pivot point to avoid "flop". When I go camping, I put more weight up front, and leave the back for bulky items, such as bedroll and clothes.
    • CommentAuthorjacobk
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2012
     
    Another suggestion, there were a lot of nice old Jim Blackburn rear racks that you could mount to the fender mounts on the rear dropouts and they had a single stay to connect to the rear brake bolt.

    I've had one mounted on Steph's bike for a while and it has always worked great.





    They pop up used pretty often, I've seen a few on craigslist lately.
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2012
     
    Thanks everyone for the ideas!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2013
     
    A pretty nice matching set of 80s-era Cannondale front and rear touring panniers on that auction site:

    Front
    Rear

    These are the higher end Cordura models.

    Not only that - having followed eBay transactions for Cannondale panniers for years, this is the first time ever I have seen them in pink/purple/lavender (whatever that color is) - pretty neat!
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2013
     
    jacobk:Another suggestion, there were a lot of nice old Jim Blackburn rear racks that you could mount to the fender mounts on the rear dropouts and they had a single stay to connect to the rear brake bolt.

    I've had one mounted on Steph's bike for a while and it has always worked great.





    They pop up used pretty often, I've seen a few on craigslist lately.


    I've seen that before:



    In 1976!
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     
    New Dill Pickle saddlebag. Sitting on the Moots right now but it will be the new 400k+ bag on the distance machine (doubles and below are jersey pockets):



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    During my 400K last month I wished I had a slightly larger bag. I found this one from Banjo Brothers and it'll be my 400K+ bag.

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

    While it could use some improvements with a modified design it's a decent large waterproof bag.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2013 edited
     
    I was looking for ways to recycle a bamboo fence and I found this online for some ideas.

    7. Bamboo bicycle panniers- for the efficient urban warrior.
    Strap these bamboo
    panniers onto your rear
    carrier frame, and turn
    your bicycle into a stylin
    utility vehicle (suv).
    Designed to fit the
    standard grocery paper
    bag on each side, the
    bamboo design is
    lightweight, rugged,
    easily removable, and
    capable of handling
    max loading.
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    Small Wald Basket

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    Brompton Shopping Basket

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    Wicker Basket

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    I saw this bike with the DIY front and rear racks outside University Heights library few weeks ago:

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2014 edited
     
    Gotta love those very useful baskets.


    via BromptonMafia
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    I was recently in the market for a low priced and functional pannier and rack. I check here right away. Then I checked nashbar/amazon and other biking websites. After all the research, I eventually settled on this set up:

    Axiom Seymour DLX 30 Panniers + Axiom Streamliner Road DLX Rack

    My requirements were:
    - Can carry a 14.5" laptop, gym/work clothes, lunch, and jacket
    - Can fit on my 2000 Lemond Zurich (It has no pre-drilled holes for rack mounts on the chain stay and seat stay)
    - Doesn't break the bank...I'm cheap
    - Easy to remove...for riding to work

    I just wanted to share in case anyone in the future is looking for a similar set up. I'm not trying to promote this brand or anything. They just happened to fit my bill pretty well. The panniers and the rack being the same brand was completely coincidental. I've been commuting with them for over a month now and they've been working great. The rack is slim so it fits on a road bike better. It has the "expedition" shape to prevent panniers from swaying into your rear tire as you ride. The bottom mount has a horizontal piece that mounts onto the bike's skewer. This horizontal piece also provides more heel-clearance since my road bike is shorter than others. The top mount is a single metallic strip that mounts to the bike's brake. The key here is to mount it tightly and angle the rack properly so the rack doesn't sway backwards. Axiom should have made the metal piece stiffer, in my opinion, but it works for my case.

    The panniers fit my big laptop perfectly and also sits vertically on the rack which gives more heel clearance than horizontal bags. This pair has plenty of capacity to carry all my stuff and more. The rack mounting clips are very good and easy to use. They don't bounce up at all over big bumps; they don't slide backwards as you ride. They stay put very well and removes easily when I get to work. My biggest complaint is the big pocket has no sub-compartments for putting smaller items. And the small pockets are too big and use velcro (Not very rain-resistant). But both are minor issues. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this set up. If anyone has questions about it, feel free to sent me a note.

    Just my two cents.
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    Have you carried anything unusual on your bike lately?

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    Carried my pups in two Wald 582 Rear folding baskets


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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    The bike with my own cargo box design:

    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    Great cargo box (whale tail?) design, bikingbill. I'm really interested in the details. What did you use for material? Are the 3 dark features on the top and along the side fasteners? Approx weight? What types of cargo do you plan to haul? How did you secure the container to the bike?
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2014
     
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    Looking to pick up a pannier that converts easily to a backpack for my 11-year old daughter, to be used for school. I've seen the North Street Bags website along with the Banjo Brothers. Wondering if anyone alternative suggestions?
    • CommentAuthorerik
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2015
     
    The Schwinn Lawyer:Looking to pick up a pannier that converts easily to a backpack for my 11-year old daughter, to be used for school. I've seen the North Street Bags website along with the Banjo Brothers. Wondering if anyone alternative suggestions?

    I think the Arkel Bug is fairly well regarded. I have been thinking about one lately: http://www.arkel-od.com/en/bug-cummuting-bag.html
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2015
     
    gottobike:Great cargo box (whale tail?) design, bikingbill. I'm really interested in the details. What did you use for material? Are the 3 dark features on the top and along the side fasteners? Approx weight? What types of cargo do you plan to haul? How did you secure the container to the bike?


    Coroplast plastic. I found that I can bend this on any line, if I use a dry wall edge too to crush the 'flues' along the fold line.

    It has two hooks for the seat frame and a tension strap at the bottom. Comes off in a few seconds, mounts in about 10 seconds.

    Carry tools, water, laptop, food, shopping.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2018
     
    Light weight rear rack for commuting
    I am looking for a lightweight 700C-fitting rear rack to meet the following requirements:

    1) Integrated light mount (standard 50mm spacing)
    2) Double-stay (as my bike is such equipped)
    3) Although I will almost exclusively use it for top-load, it would be a bonus if capable of supporting (small, lightweight) side-panniers, too, in a pinch.
    4) Natural finish (whether Alu or stainless) - no black, please.

    Tubus and Nitto seem to have models with the light mount, but they also seem to be fairly heavy duty. And many light-weight racks are single stay - in addition to often missing the mount.

    What are my options? Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2018
     
    Any ideas for a ChrMo lowrider front rack?
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2018
     
    Sigurd:Any ideas for a ChrMo lowrider front rack?


    Compass has some really nice (expensive) stuff.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2018
     
    Why not rackless?
    rackless
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2018
     
    gottobike:Why not rackless?
    rackless

    Because then you would need to wear a tie while riding.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2018
     
    Shady John:
    gottobike:Why not rackless?
    rackless

    Because then you would need to wear a tie while riding.


    Wait... so you DON'T need to wear a tie while riding?!?