Bikepacking - a viable alternative to racks & panniers

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  • Yes, exactly! Have you used it on a carbon fork?

  • Oh, no, on a steel fork. I cannot endorse for use on carbon!

  • Figured as much but one can dream

  • Good point, I'd be interested to know more specifically the setup that led to lens death @photoben?

    Then again, there's an element of I'd rather have the camera and a chance to get the shot than leave everything at home.

    Feels like Jack with a padded camera bag would have a degree of give to protect the kit. Similar say to my current Carradice strapped to the bars with camera bag insert - but freeing up the tops of the bars and staying in place more easily.

    Guy I rode with at the weekend was using a chest harness thing with a pouch on the chest big enough for an XT3, seemed to work but also cumbersome. There's no perfect solution it seems.

  • I use a very small camera (Sony w/ pancake) in a very small bag on a belt strap. It's a bit fiddly compared to the swinging chest straps that Francis Cade made popular but I'm not a youtuber so my shots are almost always 'see pretty landscape, stop, take photos, move on' rather than shooting from the bike.

    What about combo: GoPro on bike, proper camera on back/chest?

  • I've had my fuji in a handlebar feed bag for yonks and no issue with it. Easy to get out.

    Mtbing I would move it to backpack for rough stuff.

  • Yeah, smaller cameras fair better with vibration - they have less glass and less weighty glass.

    I wouldn't put anything bigger on the bike though, unless it's road only.

  • I've used an old Canon Eos with a pancake lens and now a Fuji X100F. I realised with anything more complicated or bringing multiple lenses I am not really using it while out riding. I usually wear them on my body with a messenger bag style camera strap (http://lifeisaride.de/produkt/camerastra­p/). Works well for me.

  • You'll probably laugh but I was given a pair of snapchat sunglasses a few years ago, they take surprisingly good video and photos, the software updates a year ago mean they now shoot HD too and got rid of the circular presentation. This vid was taken pre HD upgrade

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scc5AmuT­res&ab_channel=MarcoMarcos

  • That's a lovely shot.

  • So it was a Panasonic track bike and a rack mounted to the forks & handlebar. I used it for a month before it shook the elements loose in two of my biggest lenses. Which was not cheap to repair.

    With my new setup I've not had any problems with either my Nikon and now Sony kit (probably switching to Fuji soon can test that too) for six years and counting. Mind you this setup is massive overkill. I do think having the rack mounted bit elastomers makes a bike difference, as does having suspension forks (I go some basic 700c trekking ones with minimal travel).

  • Conclusions are much the same but here is a thorough discussion of cameras on bikes - https://bikepacking.com/plan/bikepacking­-with-a-camera/

    Love the look of the above, is it a custom frame as well? The search continues.

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Bikepacking - a viable alternative to racks & panniers

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