Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Backpack on a Brompton for Touring

Having found this practical solution for securely attaching a backpack to a Brompton folder I thought I would share some pictures to show how it works.
I tested it fully loaded in preparation for my Pacific Coast tour and it does work really well. My Deuter backpack shoulder straps are harnessed over a tubular bell attached to the saddle with some cycling shoes leather straps. The waist strap is tied to the seat post and the the Brompton rack bungee chords are tied to the bottom of the sack to make sure it doesn't shift backward or forward. It is very quick to dismount the rack and put it back where it should really belong, your shoulders!
Riding felt really good and this trick makes a rucksack a perfect cycle touring solution.

7 comments:

  1. It seems like the backpack would shift around as you move. Is that not the case?

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  2. Hi there, not at all. It is tied in 3 different places. Shoulder harness over the bar, the waist belt is tied around the seat post and to keep it moving back and forth, bunjees are holding it towards the back. It is actually very stable as far at you tie things securely and tight.

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  3. Great page. Inspiring. What did you use for the crossbar? I noticed you have one here that is different from the one in the packing the bike video. - David

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    1. Thanks David. The crossbar is the same one. If I remember right I used one of the metal legs of a microphone stand... :) Good thing about it is that it is hollow inside and I use the space to put some spare spokes which could be handy. Caps are again from the stand and they do work well to keep the backpack straps in place but I don't think this is a must. Anything sturdy works, I have seen people using a thick wooden broom stick handle cut to size etc... Chances are you can find something around that does the trick!

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    2. I've been wondering what folks do. Saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLnxGIGva-I

      asked this question: what's the device used to hold the internal frame packs to the brompton rack? I noticed the belt strap goes around the seat post (0:56)and appears the shoulder strap goes around some sort of bar (0:49). looks fairly secure (0:59-1:07)

      theirs looks like a commercially made item, but I could be mistaken

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  4. Not sure about their system. The one I detailed in my posts and videos is a well tested way to carry a backpack on a Brompton and has been used by people such as Heinz Stucke to travel all around the world. You don't need commercially bought items. The bar I use for example is a microphone stand leg... but any metal bar or even a broomstick cut would probably do! Belt strap goes around the seat post to further secure the balance of the back pack and avoid any back and forth movement. Hope this helps.

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    1. Thanks... I've been deciding on buying a Brompton. More for local about town riding: 15-20 min commute, shopping trips, metro rides. But your blog inspires me to travel farther

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