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

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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 does one carry multiple bike bags once off the bike?

When I search Google or YouTube for this question, I keep ending up with answers on how to carry almost anything on the bike but what I want to know is how do people carry all the different bike bags ...
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What features do i look for when shopping for a new xc mtb

I'm currently shopping for my biggest bicycle purchase yet. I have purchased two new bicycles in the past but both have been under $700. I'm looking more in the $2000 range and believe that an XC MTB ...
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How to make a DIY tow bar for a collapsible cargo wagon

I am a technology education major who has to carry heaps of tools and materials with me quite often. I live off campus and ride my bike as I don't drive. I was thinking of jury-rigging one of those ...
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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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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

I will have to transport 3 Kids 7km (one way) to school every day, starting this August. The Children are 5 to 8 years old and quite tall for their age. The bicycle infrastructure on the route is ...
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Are there hybrid trailers which can be used for both kids and cargo? [closed]

I'm looking into buying a bike trailer. Are there any bike trailers which can be used for both kids and cargo? I think such a trailer should have: an even and reasonably robust floor removable seats ...
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What brakes are these? Could I upgrade them?

I've picked up a Pashley no.33 cargo trike which I plan to turn into a coffee bike. Are these single pivot or dual pivot caliper brakes? They aren't particularly effective and I wondered if anyone had ...
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Braking system conversion for Pashley Cargo Bike

I've picked up a Pashley Classic No.33 cargo trike and am turning it into a coffee trike. Once I've got an extra 120kg + my weight on there I'm aware I'm going to need a pretty good braking system. It ...
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Shipping a bakfiets (cargo bike) across the Atlantic

I recently test rode an Urban Arrow Family cargo bike and absolutely loved it. I'm planning on getting one as a car replacement for an upcoming move. However, it was a little ungainly (as one would ...
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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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DIY cargo bikes and recumbent bikes seem to use rod end bearings with an axial load. Is that ok?

I have been looking into possibly building my own cargo bike (inspired by the xyz cargo bike). That said, I am interested in possibly modifying the design - including how the steerable wheels are ...
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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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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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Anyone found a good way to transport kids with a Strida?

Are there any compatible trailers or such for a Strida? The strida is a bike frame designed with single-side mounts for the wheels, and they are on the Right hand side. There is no axle connection or ...
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Greasing a roller brake in a difficult spot!

I have a Gazelle cargo bike with Shimano Nexus roller brakes. I know these need to be greased fairly regularly. Unfortunately the bar from the carrier is right on top of the hole for adding the brake ...
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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 option......
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Transporting a bulky instrument case on a bike [duplicate]

I've been considering trying out riding to school on my bike. Only problem is that I play French Horn in band, which would makes the logistics of it difficult. Is there a way that I could strap it ...
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Shimano Roller Brake Model BR-IM31 (specifically!!)

New to the world of roller brakes (new cargo bike) and need to change back inner tube due to flat. I'm trying to work out how to remove the back wheel and have unclipped the gear cable (nexus hub) but ...
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Do cargo "trailers" mounted in front of the bike exist?

As the title says. You would be pushing the 'trailer' rather than pulling it. Does this exist? The one advantage over a trailer would be you can see your cargo. My very basic design idea is to attach ...
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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 supplies do riders carry 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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Bicycle trailer that can secure cargo?

How do you secure your prior purchases in your trailer when you go into another store to make more purchases?
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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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Converting tandem to cargo bike

I live in South America where we don't have substantial supply of modern two-wheeled cargobikes in the market at reasonable prices, so I think converting a tandem bike by dismounting the stoker seat ...
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Why does a Bella cargo bike not act like a car driving in reverse?

This is crazy you could never make any vehicle have this kinda steering layout. You would imagine that it would be horribly unstable at high speeds +30 km/h. I can't see this being a good idea but it ...
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Max cargo weight for Gazelle HeavyDutyNL

What is the maximum allowed (cargo) weight for the Gazelle HeavyDutyNL (dutch)? This (german) store page suggests the max weight for driver+cargo+bike is 135kg; assuming an 80kg rider and 22kg bike ...
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Longtail cargo bikes - why no internal-gear hubs?

I really like the idea of ("compact") longtail cargo bikes, i.e. bikes with a regular frame shape but with an extra-large and sturdy rack for transporting medium-sized loads and persons/kids. ...
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Cargo bike with steering linkage

In Europe, I've seen a common type of utility bike with the cargo basket on the front, and the rider behind it. Sometimes the cargo basket is a seat for children. To make this work, there is some sort ...
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Why don't couriers use rear racks?

I've noticed that lots of courier companies prefer their riders to use messenger bags or backpacks. When a rack does get used its often a porteur rack of the front wheel? Does anyone know why these ...
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What's the largest biking forum on the internet? [closed]

While stackexchange is often great for specific questions, I'm looking for the biggest (english-language) biking forum on the internet. To be more specific looking for info on e-bikes and cargo bikes, ...
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Improve survivability of bicycle container

The "white container box" lasted about 2 months until it cracked in multiple places. It was a cheap box(Dollar General variety). New container is made by Sterilite and much sturdier. I believe the ...
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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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Folding basket - is there such a thing?

I'd like to be able to go to a grocery (or some other) store on my commute from work. I've got a rear rack (b-tween). I know, that I can permanently mount a basket on it, but I'd prefer not to since ...
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How to secure the fork when there is no stem

On my half recumbent tandem, there is no stem on the front steerer tube. I would like to change the upper cup of the headset (related question Play in headset with no upper bearings on a tandem ...
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Maximum weight of a pedal vehicle

I can't seem to find a straight (approximate) answer to this question. What is the maximum weight of a pedal vehicle (cargo bike, rickshaw etc) an average person can drive at a decent speed, say 15-...
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What’s a good way to carry a kid’s bike on an otherwise full bakfiets?

I have a Workcycles KR8 bakfiets and the 3yo just got his first pedal bike. We wanted to take him and his bike for a fifteen minute ride to the park where he could ride by himself, but chucking his ...
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What are the differences between a seatpost-mounted and frame-mounted rear rack

I am in the market for a rear rack. I noticed that there are two categories of rear racks: Seatpost-mounted rear racks, such as this one: And frame-mounted rear racks, such as this one: I'm ...
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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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Prevent xtracycle hooptie rattling noise

My Xtracycle hooptie rattles around when I go over bumpy roads when I don't have a passenger. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to keep it from rattling? I did move it to the most narrow ...
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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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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 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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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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Drill into steel frame for cargo rack

So I have a bike without pegs for the mounting of a cargo bike rack. It is a steel frame so I was thinking of installing make-shift pegs myself. Is this going to breach the integrity of the frame? ...
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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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Luggage carrier for fatbike [closed]

I need a bicycle luggage carrier (rack) for my Scott Big Ed fat bike, but it is not easy to find one that fits. And it looks like it is not possible to add front rack since the bike has front ...
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Frame-mounted basket options

Team, I recently acquired a Yuba Mundo cargo bike, which is wonderful, but I would like a little more storage room when I have passengers on the load space in back. It has these two mounting points ...
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How to carry a quadcopter on a bicycle?

I would like to take my quadcopter to interesting places. So I can do some flying and aerial photography etc. Assuming a reasonably large quadcopter or drone - eg DJI Phantom, Cheerson CX-20, Syma ...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting? [duplicate]

Right now I use a backpack to hold all of my supplies including spare tubes, pump, patch kits, tools, my change of clothes for work, etc. This is the backpack I use: It's about as comfortable as a ...