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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 won'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Riding with a big dog [duplicate]

Does anybody have experience with riding with a big (60-70 pound) dog? I took a look at How do you carry a dog on a bike?, but there doesn't seem to be much experience with big dogs reflected there. ...
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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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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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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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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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