New Gear – Ride Number 99

My handlebar bag just couldn’t handle all the stuff I was putting in it. Or maybe I couldn’t handle it. What with the big-ish camera, nothing else was easily accessible. I was always scrounging around for the keys, kleenex, wallet, reading glasses, didn’t have room for my sunglasses and gloves when I got off the bike …

But – if there’s a problem, there’s got to be a solution, and it wasn’t even expensive. After a bit of research in the Internet, I found an excellent bag for the rear rack. Today was the trial ride, and it seems this is going to be a very practical bag. I love it already. Enough side pockets for miscellaneous, room for camera and extra lenses, place for water bottle, shoulder strap, waterproof cover, easy to attach to the rack – what more could you ask for for 40 Euros.

I took the pictures crossing the Hackerbrücke, built 1890-1894, and one of the few surviving arch bridges of the 19th century in Germany made of wrought iron. During the Second World War, it was partially destroyed and reconstructed in 1953. There is usually a lot of traffic here, but today it was quiet and I could even get off my bike and stand in the middle of the road for some pictures.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

9 response to "New Gear – Ride Number 99"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 16, 2018

    That is a classic bridge!
    Is that a Trunk Bag or whatever its called — very nice, considered one myself. And it doesnt obstruct your rear light.
    Question about your e-bike: Is it cadence or torque assisted? — if I have that right.
    The Grampies mentioned that Europe has gone exclusively to torque assisted I believe.
    I thinks its great that touring can continue with an e-bike, never really understood why that was even a question.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: September 16, 2018

    Yes, trunk bag, that’s what it’s called. I couldn’t remember the name. My English gets rusty with me living in a German speaking world. The bag even has a little loop for attaching a little light if you want.
    I think it’s torque assisted. I’m not too good on the technical side of things, but it’s the kind that gives support in ratio to your own input. If you don’t pedal, it supplies no support. The speed is also limited to 25 km/h. Otherwise the bike must be registered and can’t use bike paths.

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: September 17, 2018

    Great solution..I take all of my photos here from my phone as I just can’t deal with working with the camera on the bike. I commend you ! You take wonderful photos.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: September 17, 2018

    Thanks, Janet!
    Nothing wrong with cell phone pictures! You always post interesting shots.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: September 17, 2018

    Nice ride. Nice bridge, Nice Trunk bag. ;’-)
    Have been giving my e-assist bike (Shadow) a hiatus for now and am riding my Bike Friday. A nice change for me, but I do love the e-assist when I want to do longer or hillier rides ;’-). They are becoming very popular here as well.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: September 17, 2018

      In seems you have now completely recovered from your fall! Congatulations!

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: September 19, 2018

    Nice trunk bag!

    Years ago I always had a handlebar bag mounted on my bikes, but somewhere along the line I switched to a trunk bag, which I much prefer. (Although I keep a big Arkel handlebar bag for touring.) You might have noticed that I have the Topeak model with fold-out side panniers. Way too much room for way too much stuff that’s way too heavy for a short trip, but I can always fold up the panniers if I ever feel the urge.

    I also carry my camera in the trunk bag, swathed in my emergency rain jacket for padding. However, I find that in some cases I want to take so many photos that it’s not really as convenient to access the camera from the trunk bag as it would have been in the old days from the handlebar bag (although I never actually owned a camera at that time).

    For days when I expect to be taking a large number of photos per mile, I wear the camera on a harness on my chest, rigged for stability when pedaling and quick access when needed, but also secured by a neck strap. That way, if I unclip the camera to use it, but accidentally drop it, it won’t really fall.

    So I think I’ve figured out how to carry and access the camera under different circumstances. Now I just need to figure out how to take better photos. 😉

    PS: Years ago, when I first rode with my friend Jeff, his wife (also a cyclist) saw my trunk bag (with panniers folded up) and exclaimed “Look, Jeff! He rides with a box on the back of his bike just like us!”

    • By: Suzanne Posted: September 19, 2018

      True, the camera is most readily accessible in the handlebar bag. The trunk bag solution isn’t 100% ideal, but so far it’s been fine and has brought other advantages. I need an assistant who just hands me my camera when I stop. Janos declined the job. The perfect set-up still eludes me.

      • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: September 20, 2018

        Hahahahaha! That Janos ….

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