I guess I'm not happy unless I'm trying something different and about two years ago, I built this nutty-looking job. It's actually a modular rack that consists of a smallish pretzelized portion designed around a specific bag that carries things like jewelry and keys and looks like a man purse but is definitely not, and then a second removeable portion that looks more like a normal porteur deck for carrying bigger stuff like cases of beer and XL pizzas. Posts on the original builds are here and here.
Some of the rack experimentation I've done to date has worked out pretty well, but this one has turned out to be kind of a pile. For one thing, the deck is big and has lots of big gaps and is not very useful for hauling bags of groceries or the type of stuff I need to move around the neighborhood. A good, functional porteur bag might help solve the problem but I've been too much of a cheapskate to spend the coupla hundred bucks on a proper one and I haven't put forth any effort towards figuring out a home-brew solution. For another, some dopeshit mounted the light right behind the potential porteur load, which totally limits what you can haul after dark.
So it has long been my plan to do some corrective hacking to make this mess a little bit more functional. I've been able to enact the plan over the past few days.
My search for a budget bag hack led me to Cabela's.
I've been here twice before - once shortly after it opened just to see what all the hysteria was about, and one other time when I was looking for what they might have to offer in terms of bike camping gear. What they sell just has very little overlap with my interests - the majority of what's inside has to do with getting geared up to go out and kill animals and that's not something I would ever think of as fun. Nothing against anyone who does, just not my thing at all. If I had to hunt or fish in order to survive, I would Nike up and just do it of course. Luckily, I live in a time where someone does all the dirty work for me. Where I'm going with this I guess, is that through my glasses, it's a pretty interesting walk through this mega-store.
|Yes they are all real.|
|Real dead, that is.|
|I'm not strictly anti-gun or anything, but it does scare me a little bit about how gun crazy we've become.|
I mean, when you can't sell guns fast enough and have to put a first-come-first-served
take-a-number system . . . well, it just gives me pause.
So anyway, here I was again, looking for something bike related that I wanted and maybe only these guys could help me with. In this instance, it was fishing bags, and I wasn't disappointed. Don't they look a little bit like something you could strap on a porteur?
Buying the bag was the easy part. In order for it to be a workable solution, I'd need an easy-on, easy-off budget hack mounting system.
|Few things in life are as exhilarating as drilling holes into something you just bought.|
|This is the inside of the bag, with the aforementioned bungee cord sticking through the fender washers and tied off.|
|These are new bungee loop posts.|
|Those are bungee cord finger loops, for hooking your primary bungee cord loops over your bungee loop posts.|
I know you are basking in the terminology.
|Stretch and hook. So easy, even a baby could do it.|
|Hooked in, ready to roll.|
That problem solved then, next under the knife was the light mount.
|As it should be. (What in the hell was I ever thinking.)|
|But what to do with the old light mount . . . mmm. Hack it off? Neh, too much work. Why not turn it into a bell mount.|
|Never owned a bell before. Oh the joy that must await me.|
|I thought about maybe sharpie-ing down the volume on the bright yellow embroidery, but hey, these guys|
provided the solution. So for the time being I intend to wear it proud, wear it loud.
All up, I'm pretty excited about these mods . . . I think the bike is gonna be way more useful and therefore way more fun.