Carrying gear is an important part of riding but specialized bags can be expensive. Reader CamoDeafie came up with an affordable options for those wanting to tote stuff around on their whip.
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My Name is CamoDeafie and I operate a VERY small tactical gear business. I had a pile of USGI military equipment and after noticing how expensive dedicated panniers and bike bags were locally, I decided to dive into my pile of equipment, and came out with several bags with which to experiment.
This is the first attempt with my father's Bridgestone MTB/City commuter; 2 Army Frames on the cargo rack with straps, and reversed (relative to how they;re worn on person), and army rucksacks on them, and a 50 caliber ammo can being used as a waterproof trunk.
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Riding it around town, I found it to be very difficult to get on when swinging leg over the rear wheel; so when I got the Leeworld Mountain Sport and 60s Schwinn Skyway, I decided to test the smaller bags I have on the Skyway, found it to be satisfactory, transferred the Skyway;'s rear cargo rack to the Leeworld since the Leeworld is my primary bicycle.
Using 3 USGI 3-day field packs in woodland camo, and 3 USGI Medical Pockets in same pattern, I have put in a comprehensive medical kit in the two small pouches between the seat and the larger bags, and cold weather cap and wool glove liners with leather outer gloves in the 3rd small pouch positioned on the stem; and in the 3 larger bags, I have 2 to 3 days worth of clothes in one, a blanket and a rain poncho in another, and a fleece sweater and a lighter outer jacket in the third.
I have room for another bag in between the rack bags, OR the ammo can, if i can find my long bungee straps for securing it without drilling holes; and I am on the look out for a specific style rear rack since the Leeworld does not have brazed eyelets for rack mounts, so it is either one done the same as the Skyway, mounted to the seat post clamp bolt location, or one that clamps in between the seat stays, above the bridge, or one that attaches to the bridge where rear brake can be mounted.