Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Where the wild things are...
sajets
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Aug 22, 2011 21:23 pm

Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Postby sajets » Thu Nov 29, 2012 20:51 pm

All

Has anyone tried tying a sleeping bag (inside a bag) or similar shaped item to a front low-rider rack when touring? I want to make a bit more space in my rear panniers but because I am flying and do not have space to take front panniers too. I have my tent on top of the rack, so that space is gone.

Thanks

User avatar
Hoopdriver
Posts: 1974
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:05 am
Contact:

Re: Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Postby Hoopdriver » Fri Nov 30, 2012 19:32 pm

I wouldn't tie things to a low rider front rack. Why don't you just lash your sleeping back on top of your tent on the rear rack?

User avatar
cycladelic
Posts: 621
Joined: Wed Aug 18, 2004 13:22 pm

Re: Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Postby cycladelic » Sat Dec 01, 2012 15:35 pm

I've flown with front and rear panniers many times - I just put all four in a large cheap bag which then counts as one item at check-in.

sajets
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Aug 22, 2011 21:23 pm

Re: Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Postby sajets » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:57 pm

Hey

I am trying to move weight forward and make a bit more space in the rear panniers for food etc. Putting the panniers into one bag works but four panniers for a five day trip is likely not necessary (also, I am trying to keep the overall weight down and save the expense of buying the front panniers ;) )

Thanks for the suggestions.

User avatar
cycladelic
Posts: 621
Joined: Wed Aug 18, 2004 13:22 pm

Re: Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Postby cycladelic » Wed Dec 05, 2012 00:15 am

I thought you already had the front panniers.

Fixing anything to a front rack with a bungee or whatever seems to be courting disaster. The bag will no doubt slip and drop - if it ends up jamming in the front wheel you'll be head-first over the bars before you can utter Ortlieb.

In my experience, I carry the same amount of stuff if it's just a week-long tour as I do when heading off for a few months.

Do you have the front rack yet?

sajets
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Aug 22, 2011 21:23 pm

Re: Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Postby sajets » Wed Dec 05, 2012 20:10 pm

Agree, there is a risk and I would definitely not use a bungee etc. I wanted to use a 2m line, long enough to create a webbing around the pack so that it cannot move in any direction and use sailing knots.

I do have the front rack lying around but not yet attached.

andrew_s
Posts: 2508
Joined: Sat Dec 07, 2002 22:01 pm

Re: Sleeping bag or similar tied to front low-rider rack

Postby andrew_s » Thu Dec 06, 2012 00:17 am

It should be fairly easy to lash a sleeping bag to a low rider securely enough.
I'd be worried about catching the bag on something and ripping it, and would probably end up getting a fairly tough Ortlieb drybag.

I carry mine on an above-the-wheel front rack. No good if you use a bar bag though.


Return to “Tour & Expedition”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests