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Why isn't a military harness popular among MTB riders/racers?

Whilst I think this could work for some riders, there are several reasons I can think of where it would not be ideal. For XC racers they often have a saddle to bar drop similar to a road race bike - ...
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What's more aerodynamic on flat bars: backpack or pannier?

A back pack is faster than a single pannier. This exact scenario was tested in the Specialized "Win Tunnel" in their "The Brew Master" episode. They suggested the time savings was 2 minutes over 40 ...
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Carrying a child and balance bike on my bike

My daughter still goes in a Hamax siesta at nearly 3. It's seatpost mounted and we swap it between bikes. The seat is rated to 22kg (which from the growth charts should take 99% of children up to age ...
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What are the advantages of bikepacking bags?

They usually keep the bike narrow, suitable for trail riding where branches might snag panniers. They use soft attachments (usually), so extreme vibration doesn't make undue noise or wear things out. ...
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What options to transport both heavy backpack and gym bag via bicycle

Get a rear rack for your bike and strap the gym bag to it. A low cost and much safer approach.
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Options for carrying a smart briefcase on a bike (pannier or otherwise)

Depending on the thickness of your briefcase it may be a solution to hang it under the frame in the main triangle (if it fits there) but since you are thinking about a folding bike it is not a ...
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Why isn't a military harness popular among MTB riders/racers?

Another downside is that the contents of those pockets will end up digging in rather uncomfortably. I've ridden with a belt bag worn at the front because my jersey pockets were stuffed (I tend to wear ...
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What are the advantages of bikepacking bags?

For road bikes, bikepacking bags are better for going fast since they are lighter and keep the bike narrow which helps with aerodynamics. This may make a significant difference going fast and far, as ...
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How can I make better use of the dead space under my bottle cages?

Good question - I've wondered the same. I looked at the Specialized SWAT toolbox for inspiration, but it only fit certain models of frame. https://www.specialized.com/us/en/equipment/bike-accessories/...
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How to mount a compact pump onto a full-suspension frame?

Electric tape is a bad idea because the adhesive can mess with your tube. Other suggestions Many off-road riders carry a hydration pack instead of bottles/bidons. Carry your spares in the pack. ...
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How to carry a trumpet for long trips

I'd suggest a top-of-rack bag for your instrument, because its more aero when the load is in-line with the rider. If there's no bag big enough, use a series of bungee cords to securely strap the case ...
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Why isn't a military harness popular among MTB riders/racers?

Constriction of the chest will limit the oxygen intake producing fatigue earlier, limiting performance. I've been suffering from limited breathing capacity lately due to injury, and its amazing how ...
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Feasability of repairing '70s-era welded-steel luggage rack

That looks as though it was chrome plated after it was welded together, which means cleaning it up so you can safely weld it again is going to be tedious. You'll need to clean the chrome off anything ...
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Will trailer be my best option? If not, what is?

From your other question - your budget for the bike was 300 euros. You'd spend that much on a trailer alone. Trailers more than double your rolling resistance, and increase your windage area a lot. ...
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How can I make better use of the dead space under my bottle cages?

I recently saw an instructional video that you might be interested in: While there are some off-the-shelf products that are similar (the one I use is the Z-box by ...
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How can I DIY a smaller Anything Cage/Versacage, or a mini bottle cage

There is an option on the market as well, in the Specialized Burra Burra. While the cage itself doesn't really 'hold' anything, I have one and find it super useful for strapping in any range of item ...
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How can I make better use of the dead space under my bottle cages?

You might also be interested in the B-RAD system by Wolf Tooth. http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/wolf-tooth-b-rad/ It looks pretty adaptable and enables you to reposition the bottle(s) to allow for ...
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How can I make better use of the dead space under my bottle cages?

You could try a DIY custom fiberglass tool compartment for that area. Take a block of styrofoam, whittle/ carve it into the perfect shape to fit that area for your specific bike/bottle combo, then ...
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How do airlines calculate the cost of a Brompton?

This is a hard question to answer. Not only does each airline have its own rules as to handle bicycles or what they consider oversized luggage — the airline counter staff at check-in have “discretion”...
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Will trailer be my best option? If not, what is?

You might be able to get a rear rack to take the pack on one side, with the tent and everything else on the other. I've seen a Czech guy touring with that setup and he seemed to have been doing it for ...
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How to mount a compact pump onto a full-suspension frame?

I personally like the saddlebag or backpack option. I keep all my tools and extras in my hydration bag. BUT... You could use removable ties and attach it to you seatpost assuming its a small ...
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Best way to mount a big backpack to rack?

I would suggest splitting the weight in half and putting it low on your bike for stability. Here is my daily commuting configuration (2 matched 6 gallon plastic waste baskets mounted by hose clamps to ...
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How to keep my manbag in place

Another late answer, but posting because I don't see it posted as a solution. With a bag this small, I will wear a jacket over the bag and zip up the jacket, the bag may slide around a little, but ...
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How to carry skis on a bike?

I myself just put my x-country skis and poles in a lightweight ski bag with a shoulder strap and rode short distances without issues. Was even able to carry a mid-sized backpack alongside the ski bag. ...
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Why isn't a military harness popular among MTB riders/racers?

If you are frequently, let alone constantly, accessing your cell phone, food and sunglasses, then you aren't racing. Sports drink frequent, food occasional for events over 3 hours, and sunglasses ...
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Feasability of repairing '70s-era welded-steel luggage rack

I think its totally fixable. I know of metalworkers who would relish the two-part challenge of this. how to fix it how to make it better than new Downside - it won't be cheap. You're probably ...
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Best way to mount a big backpack to rack?

Backpacks are intended and designed for backs. I've biked with a tramping pack on and its not fun (modern ones tend to be too tall behind your head) I'd go with a trailer. Here's some ideas These ...
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Best way to mount a big backpack to rack?

This is more of an extended comment. If you're mounting it on one side, that's likely to be quite a lot of weight off-centre, which will also affect the handling. I'd aim for vertical, but you'll ...
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Carrying a child and balance bike on my bike

I'm extremely sensitive to handling and balance when I have my kid in the bike seat. The child is already moving around, I don't need anything else throwing the bike off-balance. If I had to set up ...
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What are the advantages of bikepacking bags?

I hang a tool belt over my handlebars because I can easily reach things in it, and because there is a definite advantage to having some weight on the front for steep climbs. Another advantage is it's ...
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