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Handle bar bags are easy. Visit you local thrift store and look through the ladies purses. I generally get them for about $1.50.
I have two and am about to get another. I just cut the straps and tie it to the handle bars. Most younger folks like something more complicated and unnecessary.


Rhode Gear (remember Rhode Gear?) used to make something called a "FlickStand". I still have one on my commuter, and I couldn't live without it.

It's a small piece of stiff wire, bent into a U shape and attached to the down tube at the top of the U. The bottom of the U is bent 90 degrees, and the whole thing normally lays flat against the down tube. But when rotated up, the U-bottom engages the front wheel, locking it firmly in place, with no movement in any direction. To unlock, simply roll the bike forward (with more than average pressure), and it disengages.

The bike is a vintage lugged triple-butted cro-moly steel beauty, but all my cycling buddies want to know is where I got the FlickStand :-)


I did my first big bike tour earlier this summer (Denver to the Grand Canyon), and there were a couple of items that proved pretty valuable.

The first was an MSR Dromedary water bladder. It can be hung from a tree to provide running water right at the campsite (I even used it for showering a few times) and lashes on top of a bike rack pretty easily.

The second, less obvious, piece of kit was one of those sandwich-sized disposable plastic containers. It was just the right size for soaking ramen noodles when I didn't want to heat up the water; and it doubled as a small sink for clean-up and laundry.


Who makes the pannier on your globe?


The pannier is one that I had success with prior to this trip for daily commuting, but I would not recommend for heavy duty riding. It is from Nashbar:


The reason I was attracted to it is because living in a big city, I run lots of errands on my bike and climb lots of stairs. This bag can transfer fairly quickly from pannier to backpack and the concept is a good one.

Unfortunately the quality is not that great. I had been rocking a single bag for a long time and it worked okay, however I never really pack it very full. I bought a brand new matching bag for this trip and on the second day one of the straps tore.

Another downside is that they are a little unruly. When you pack stuff in them they tend to expand, and they don't "cinch down" very well. Thus in the pictures you see of my trip, the bags look huge, but I really was not carrying that much stuff.

All in all, if you are looking for a daily bag to carry your lunch, your lap top, and some miscellaneous small items, this bag would likely work for you. If you are looking for a bag for heavy duty hauling, I would not recommend it.

Arild Lundlie Kvam

A fairly strong rubber band between one of the brake-levers and the handle-bar is an effective "parking-brake".

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