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andy_k

Member since Jul 2010 • Last active Sep 2014
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  • in Cycle Touring
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    Revelate Terrapin - you can buy it from the US and chance not getting stung on customs, or from backcountrybiking.co.uk

    Or you can get UK made stuff here... wildcatgear.co.uk/products/seĀ­at-packs/

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Good point about the weight, not something I'd considered.

    I think for the sake of simplicity, time and cost, I'll have a go at making a smaller bag with at least a solid rear panel, a tall 'slot' that covers most of the tombstone and maybe thin foam sheet in the sides for a little structure. For a jacket, malt loaf, knee warmers and keys/wallet, it should be more than enough space.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Yeah, the toe strap was a temporary addition, created a little loop attached that slotted over the tombstone and added some webbing on the base of the bag for straps (pain in the ass to sew through, even with an awl).

    I'm even starting to wonder now if I might even be able to get away with out decaleur. If I don't make the bag too tall (6 inches or less) and have a rigid panel on the back to attach to the tombstone, it should probably be secure enough for commuting/audax/randobeering...

  • in Cycle Touring
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    Depends how "not very full" you mean... the plastic insert in the base does help keep a bit of shape but if you don't pack the front of it out enough to brace the saddle rail straps, it'll swing around like crazy

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Yes, there is a rack.

    I have the VO steerer mount decaleur that I had set up previously but it was always a bit of a pain due to the short headtube on my Cross Check. I figured a stem bolt-mounted solution might be easier to get the bag in/out while keeping the bag away from my hands on the flats (and it's cheaper than replacing everything with a VO rack with integrated decaleur).

    If GB made one for ahead stems I'd order that, but as they don't, I'm stuck trying to fabricate my own.

    Here's what I had previously...

    As you can see, there's not much room between the tombstone and decaleur (or the stem and top of the decaleur for that matter).

    I suppose taking a hacksaw to both might also solve the problem...

  • in Cycle Touring
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    Normal. I know @Dangeruss has the compact. I'll try and dig out a photo or two...

  • in Cycle Touring
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    I've got the Apidura one, happy with the construction and how it's holding up so far. It's also bloody massive.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I hadn't seen those extended nut things, might give them a go, figure the extra bar should be fairly easy to remove...

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    Yep, longer bolts, wouldn't actually have that much weight on it, more just a vertical support for the bag, but you're right - there is a chance it'll rattle loose.

    Mystery back up plan it is!

    ... and yes I think it is a diy map holder, picture should click through to the guy's photos... don't know if there's any shots of it in action...

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Probably a sensible place to ask - will stem/handlebars explode if I try something similar to this...

    Do have a more conventional back-up plan if the answer is yes...

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