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For questions about the gear (typically bags or cases) used to carry stuff while riding a bike. Luggage can be carried on your person (backpack, messenger bag) or on your bike (handlebar bag, rack bag, panniers, low riders, etc.). For questions about cargo bikes (bakfiets), or trailers, or transporting heavy or bulky items that don't fit well in luggage use the [cargo] tag.

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What would be the best steel to pick for bolts fastening a luggage carrier (rack)?

I'm installing a rack for a new project. The rack model I'm picking is rated for a load of 18 kg, and there are even models rated up to 27 kg! Though, racks are usually fastened to the bike using just ...
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Challenge Seiran luggage rack image or blueprint

Years ago, I bought a Challenge Seiran. At the time, I didn't bother buying the luggage rack attachment. Not the one attached behind the seat but the one going under it. For those who don't know, it ...
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Why isn't a military harness popular among MTB riders/racers?

Sorry: the image is too large and not quite what I have in mind but serves to illustrate the point. This is a much more accurate depiction but is a short video on 9gag. So. Recently I attended a cross-...
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How to carry a trumpet for long trips

I'm a trumpet playet and I would like to carry my instrument with me on long trips. I have a quite light bag for my trumpet which can be carried as a backpack, but this might be troublesome for long ...
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Which electrical freight bicycle would you recommend? [closed]

I am looking for a bicycle to make my car redundant for weekly groceries. A typical Saturday trip would be to the department store(5 km) then to my parents for delivery (20 km) then to another shop (...
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How can I improve my cable routing

I need to re-cable* and rewrap my bars anyway. I'd like to take the chance to improve the cable routing for a couple of specific things: The gear cables catch on the dynamo light mounted on the fork ...
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Does anyone has an experience putting mini-velo into a standard-sized luggage? [closed]

Personally, I don't trust the designs of many folding bikes mainly because of frame failure issues. So, I am thinking about getting a mini-velo bike, but I wonder if it is possible to fit the bike ...
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How can I DIY a smaller Anything Cage/Versacage, or a mini bottle cage

In my perpetual quest to carry ever more stuff without panniers, I'd like to fit a second bottle cage under the downtube, for small bottles (e.g. 200 ml of stove fuel). There's space for ...
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Options for carrying a smart briefcase on a bike (pannier or otherwise)

Situation I don't own a bike: however due to a recent change of office location, I have worked out that I could cycle in half the time as driving through rush-hour traffic every day. I'm therefore ...
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What luggage carrying options exist for an e-bike

I am planning to build a DIY e-bike for my work commute and have the electronics already figured out (which motor, ESC, battery). After work I want to go directly to my other activities. Until now I ...
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Front rack symmetry - spacers and handling

The combination of disc brakes and full mudguards on my tourer means I'll need to space the left lowrider rack at least 30mm from the fork. On the right I'll only need 5--10mm. Should I space them ...
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touring weight distribution

I have a cross bike with two back ortliebs, a 6 liter top tube bag https://www.rei.com/product/877045/revelate-designs-tangle-bike-frame-bag-large Frame bag (the long one below toptube) and a ...
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How can I make better use of the dead space under my bottle cages?

There's an annoying/useful bit of space under each of the bottle holders on all of my bikes; I currently strap a spare tube there (which keeps the right tube on the right bike). The tube is in a bag ...
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How do airlines calculate the cost of a Brompton? [closed]

How do airlines calculate what to charge for a Brompton in a bag as checked luggage? I’m flying on Iberia and from their website it looks like they will charge me US$75 to take it from BOS to BCN, ...
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What options to transport both heavy backpack and gym bag via bicycle

I ride my bicycle to school everyday with a backpack filled with books, papers, and a laptop . Some days I also carry a second backpack with gym clothes and shoes. There isn't room to fit the gym ...
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What's more aerodynamic on flat bars: backpack or pannier?

I'm surprised this hasn't been asked before, but as a general rule, is a single rear pannier or a backpack (of similar sizes) more aerodynamic on a hybrid or MTB? Even on flat bars drag is much more ...
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What are the advantages of bikepacking bags?

It seems that bikepacking bags are all the rage these days (frame bags, handlebar rolls, big saddle packs). To me it seems that they are prone to moving around and getting in the way, and it also ...
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Will trailer be my best option? If not, what is?

I need to take a backpack with me that's literally wider than my body and about as tall as my torso and neck, it weighs around 15-20kg. What I'm concerned about is roads that aren't so good or places ...
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How to mount a compact pump onto a full-suspension frame?

Many FS mountain bikes have a weird shaped seat tube. I have managed to strap tube to the bottom of the down tube with electric tape, but am now struggling to purchase and mound a small pump. As is ...
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Carrying a child and balance bike on my bike

I have a child who is 2 1/2 years old (28 months actually) and he is about 98cm tall and weighs about 15-16kg. He has an Islabikes Rothan balance bike which is 3.5kg (7.7 pounds). When we go to ride ...
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Feasability of repairing '70s-era welded-steel luggage rack

I've got a '70s Motoconfort (Motobecane) with the original "French randonneur-style" front luggage rack (it looks like a very small porteur rack): In the photo above, the rack is mounted to the bike ...
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Best way to mount a big backpack to rack?

Title says it all. I have a 65L backpack and would like to mount it on bike rack so it's most convenient to ride with and doesn't catch much air friction. Currently I'm doing this (sorry for the bad ...
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Minimum mountain bike trekking/touring equipment

Consider a one week trip in nature, with bikes. Daily routes are to be about 60km with 2000m total elevation change per day (climb, then descend). The group is of 2-5 people. Weather is summer (maybe ...
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Framebag vs Panniers - Pros and Cons

What are the benefits of a frame-bag over panniers? I need one for a bike-packing trip (any good value recomendations welcome). I've used panniers in the past but I've seen a lot of framebags about.
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How to carry sunglasses, so that I can easily put them on or off?

Has someone discovered a way to carry sunglasses, so that they can be put on or removed while riding? I have tried two approaches, and both have drawbacks. Carrying in a pouch, attached to the ...
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front luggage carrier for a single speed bike

I built a Single speed bike based on a old Road bike frame. What I want to do is to install a luggage carrier to the front for some daily transports (because i like the retro look of those carriers). ...
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How to keep my manbag in place

If I'm going out in the evening and don't want to carry a big pannier bag or rucksack, I keep my lights and whatever else in a small 'man-bag'. It's like a smaller version of a messenger bag: about 20 ...
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How to carry skis on a bike?

I don't have a car and think about biking to ski resorts. So the question is how to carry my XC skis on a bike. Have anyone tried doing this and what was the solution? Thanks.
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What bags will fit a Challenge Seiran SL?

I own a Challenge Seiran SL (the 26" lightweight version of this). For some short multidays trips I need to attach some form of bags. What are the available bags that will fit? Full size picture For ...
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Are bicycle rear racks and panniers suitable for cross-country riding?

Later this summer, I intend to make a ten-day travel. It is going to be mainly road touring with one-two-tree days of sloped dirt roads or forest trails possible. I usually pack heavily, carrying a ...
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Problem fitting luggage rack to bicycle

I recently purchased a new bicycle, unfortunately I am struggling to fit the existing luggage rack I had to it. The eyelets for connecting the rack to the bicycle are positioned below the top of the ...
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Has anyone else experienced the Topeak MTX DXP bag getting stuck in the rack?

I've got the MTX DXP luggage bag from Topeak. Their suggested rack is the MTX Dual Side Frame, but I have the Explorer Tubular rack (image on site is reversed with the spring version). Since it's ...
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What does this warning symbol on my pannier bag mean?

I bought a pannier bag which attaches to the rear rack with 3 quick-releases. Each quick-release has a sticker on it: What does this symbol mean? My guess would be something like "don't hit this with ...
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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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Luggage rack attachments for laptops?

So, while out riding my bike, I really dislike having a backpack on. I have a trek luggage rack on my bicycle and would love to find something that could attach to it, capable of holding a 17" laptop,...
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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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