Carrying stuff with your bike, using racks, backpacks, trailers, etc.

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Medium size cargo solution for road-bike for commuting

Currently I use a touring bike with rear rack and a single panier on my 15km commute. In my panier I carry a full set of clothes including shoes, a small coat and a towel. I want to start using my ...
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Carrying Pizza on a Bicycle

I have a rear rack. However, I don't really have a good way to carry pizza. Cables? Any big enough bags? I can avoid leaning too much, I'll slow on the turns if I have to.. Edit: Delivery? Not ...
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Easy build, high weight capacity trailer for Burning Man [closed]

TL;DR I want to make a high capacity trailer from bamboo to ride around at a desert festival. Bamboo structure (probably 1.5" or 2" major strength lengths, 1" for crosses) Hitch using bamboo & ...
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structure of rear wheel to support cargo trailer

Some years ago I used a rear carrier with a bundle buggy lashed on to carry stuff around. I had a problem with wheel wobble. I thought a rebuild as 4 cross (instead of std 3 cross) might help. The ...
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How to keep a huge cargo bike safe in the city?

I have been biking for transportation and pleasure the whole time I've lived in Chicago, and I'm familiar with the basics of locking up and storing my commuter bike. Yesterday I added a Yuba Mundo to ...
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building a cargo trike (bakfiets): steel thickness

I'd like to build a "bakfiets"; a cargo-trike with the box in front. I've found several resources, but none of them talk about the framebuilding material. What is are my material options; steel? what ...
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How can I tell if a rack and panniers will work with my bike?

I have a 2012 Jamis Durango Race and am interested on fitting it with rear panniers at some point. However I want to be sure that they'll be compatible. There seem to be mounting points on the bike ...
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Front pannier and child-seat balance

I transport my 15 Kg kid on a child-seat. I want to set a pair of panniers. Even if I could put them on a rear rack (I don't know if I can), would it be a good idea to choose a front pannier system ...
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What supplies do riders cary on century sportives and how do they carry it?

I'm planning to ride my first century sportive later this summer and am wondering what I should carry along on the ride, and how I should carry it. It's clear to me from my training rides that ...
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Is it possible to transport many (up to 12) bikes using some sort of auto-trailer?

I would like to be able to use a trailer, either open-air or enclosed to transport multiple bicycles at the same time. When I google hitch racks the maximum is 5...I am looking for a towable ...
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Crate of beer as cargo

I recently bought a two wheel cargo-trailer without suspension, and I am quite happy with it. My main issue is that it gets incredibly loud when carrying a crate of beer, especially an empty one. Is ...
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Saddle bag for food container

I have a ~2 mile/~20min cycle to work and currently take a rucksack with me that generally only contains my food for the day in a standard take-away container measuring about 17cm x 12cm x 4cm give or ...
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I'm looking for options for carrying 2 children on the back

I'm looking at the Yuba Mundo with 2 Bobike Junior seats to carry my 4 and 6 year old children. First, does anybody know if those seats will mount on a Mundo? Second, I'm open to all other ...
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Can I use my nitto campee rack on my bike?

I just purchased a Nitto Campee 27R rear rack. It seems like it's not wide enough to mount on my All-City Space Horse, which has rack bosses and 130mm rear wheel spacing. Has anyone tried to ...
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Best Way to mount Wald rear folding baskets to the rack on a Batavus Fryslan

I just got these awesome Wald rear folding baskets as an early christmas present from my Girlfriend. The hardware they came with will not fit on my Batavus Fryslan Rack. What would be the best way ...
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How to prevent my bike from tipping over when using just one pannier?

I often carry gear in a pannier on my bike rack, as in the photo below (not my bike, but same pannier design. My actual bike frame is very different; I'll upload my own picture tomrrow): I have two ...
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Low Top Tube Xtracycle Donor Frame?

One of my most useful bicycles is my 58cm 700c Xtracycle based on a Novara Xpresso cyclocross style frame. Lately, as the kids are getting bigger and my back isn't getting any younger: I crave a much ...
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Bicycles on Farms?

I was chatting with the owner of a local farm of which I am a subscriber, and he mentioned that he was considering hauling boxes of veggies between work sites using a bicycle or tricycle. There is of ...
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A good bicycle trailer I can order

I would like to purchase a bicycle trailer, to take bottles to the depot and pickup stuff from the hardware store from time to time. What is a good one to get?
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Anyone found a good way to transport kids with a Strida?

Are there any compatible trailers or such for a Strida?
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Storage or bag on road bike

I am looking for a bag to attach to my road bike that I can attach quickly without having a rack on my bike. I saw one a few weeks ago (on someones bike) that attached to the seat post and extended ...
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What kind of bike rack can go with this bike?

I'm looking for a bike rack to put on my bike so that I can hookup the baby seat with the bike. However, I don't see anywhere on my bike where I can mount the front bracket arms of the rack to it ...
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Trying to fit a Blackburn EX1 rack to my bike

My wife brought a second hand CoPilot Limo seat for her bike which came with a Blackburn EX1 rack. I have just tried to fit this but came accross a hopefully minor problem. Her bike is a Giant ...
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What features are useful on a bike for carrying children?

See also this question: What should I look for in a "trailer bike"/"tag-along" bike for a child? I want to buy a bicycle. I will want to use a child seat for a few years, and ...
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Rack compatibility

I want to buy a back rack online. How can I be sure that it will fit my bike without testing it first? Is there any standard for racks that I can ask the seller about? What are the chances that I ...
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What is the best technique for carrying a large box on my bike rack?

FedEx has a large package for me, and it has me wondering--what's the best way to carry a large box on a bike with a rear rack? What types of tie-downs, knots, etc should be used? For context, this ...
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Will it be a problem to bike uphill with a rear pannier with books (~2lbs)

I've been biking to work ~11 mi and my back hurts from carrying books. I was thinking of buying a pannier and putting my books in it. But I'm not sure if it'll be harder to bike, as I live in San ...
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How can many people move a car -trailer with bicycles?

I need to move a trailer like this one here but with 4 wheels (two on both sides). I have no access to cars. The distance is about 100km or more, and I am a bit unsure how I am going to move it: ...
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Secure Storage for Running Errands

I use my bike to run errands on the weekends - stopping for soap and shampoo at the drug-store, a loaf a bread at the grocery store, stopping for lunch, etc. The issue is I have to haul my previous ...
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Inner Frame Mounted Carrying Bag

I've been thinking for awhile that having a bag on the inside of the frame of the bike would be a good place to store a few small things, such as a camelback bladder, shirt, etc. What I mean is a bag ...
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How to choose a front rack

I am thinking about getting a front rack for when I am doing some touring. What should I look for when determining if it will fit. Steel or aluminum? Better styles?
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How to attach and mount wheels onto a cargo trailer?

I am planning a bike to move heavy things, separate question here, and sixtyfootersdude is doing a cargo trailer that converges to some extent with my goal to move cargo here. I am not sure whether ...
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Recumbent, diamond-frame or trailer to move heavy things?

Heavy things can be a lot of books, full beer cans, construction woods and other misc in a place where I cannot use a car and the trip is long and suitable for riding. So which one would you favor? ...
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Why do cyclists prefer messenger bags over backpacks?

Ok, I know form sometimes follows function - and things can be even more funnily irrational when fashion and trends come into play - but what's the lure of the cyclist's messenger bag? I see them ...
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How to carry a concealed firearm on a bike?

For those of you that happen to cycle through rough neighborhoods and are able to do concealed carry of firearms... Wondering what you wear to conceal them that works well while cycling. Obviously ...
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Carrying a Carradice Camper Longflap when off the bike

I'm currently considering getting a Carradice Camper Longflap saddlebag as I've heard good things about it and like the idea of being able to carry a lot of stuff in a saddle bag. Just one thing ...
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Really big panniers and other baggage

Once a week I take my bike to the local supermarket to do my shopping. My panniers fill up really quickly and I always end up with bags on my handlebars (for UK people - the bags I'm talking about ...
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Best cargo storage on a commuter bike [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pros and cons panniers and messenger bags I commute about 5 miles each way to work. I usually travel light; I don't carry much with me other than the contents of my ...
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How do you carry a dog on a bike?

Over the years I have seen a few people transport a dog on a bike. What options have you seen? Please include a photo in your answer if possible.
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Trailer hitch between a bike and trailer?

I want to make a bike cargo trailer. It seems to me that making the hitch will be one of the most difficult parts so I opened a separate question for this. How would you attach the trailer to the ...
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How to make a cargo trailer?

This page is for a general answer and it consists of at least two main parts: personal experience and technical part. The technical parts are perhaps the two hardest parts. Has anyone attempted to ...
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How can I carry a tripod on my bike?

I have a tripod for my SLR camera that I want to carry on my bike. It's just a generic tripod like this one, but if I strap it to my top tube it rubs against my legs while riding (and it's slightly ...
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Ever seen a locking bag that could be locked to the bike?

This might take a little explaining. I've got stuff on my bike that removes easily and could be stolen: head light, tail light, cyclometer. If I'm riding to a concert or something, I don't want to ...
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What are the pros and cons of panniers vs messenger bags?

I was shopping for new panniers and thought it might be worth it to also check out messenger bags as an alternative. What are the basic pros and cons of each? I started out using just a regular back ...
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One vs. Two wheeled bike trailers

I am considering making or buying a bike trailer. It seems to me that the most important desision I need to make is whether to have a one wheeled bike trailer like the Bob or a two wheeled bike ...
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Transporting groceries

What's the best way to transport groceries on rough roads without breakage? (My town has a generous budget for potholes.) I currently use a 2-wheeled cargo trailer, but it there anything I can do to ...
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Wald basket legs too short for cruiser — how can I install the basket?

I recently purchased a large handlebar basket, a Wald 139-WW for my cruiser, a Trek Pure. I'm having trouble installing the basket. Context: The basket attaches using hooks on the basket to the ...
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Touring load weight distribution

What's the best way to load a touring bike, to increase stability and balance? Assuming a standard two-rack-and-panniers setup, where should I put most of my weight? I have a camping load, about 50 ...
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What is a good small bicycle bag to store your gear and/or personal things?

I'm looking for one that attaches to your bike and easily detaches so you can take it with you. I usually ride with a small Timbuktu messenger style bag (really small, it's about the size of a large ...
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What racks will fit on a Pugsley?

So I have a Surly Pugsley which I love dearly. I want to add a rack to it so that I can do simple "grocery getter" tasks on my way to and from work, but I'm afraid that standard racks will not work ...