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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    Quote Originally Posted by macolive View Post
    I know this was taken up in the past but I'm still trying to decide.

    I finally put together my touring bike (a Surly Disc Trucker). Here in the Philippines there are a lot of places that you can get to on a bicycle than in a car, plus you can easily stop on the side with your bike and photograph on the spot as opposed to parking and walking. So my choices for carrying a 4x5 would be panniers (like an Arkel Signature V), a porteur bag (like Surly Porteur House), or strap a photo bag (like the lowepro Magnum 650 AW) on the rack.

    All three have their pros and cons so I was wondering what you guys think or suggest.

    Thanks in advance!
    Strapping a knapsack on a rack, preferably with cinch straps should be fine. I do this with my 5x7 kit:

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    Given that the Lowepro backpack I use is padded and the kit is tightly packed, I've had no issues with travelling like this.

    My bicycle also happens to have running boards, which are handy for strapping the tripod to. However, having a tripod across your back isn't too bad.
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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    Quote Originally Posted by spotmaticfanatic View Post
    Strapping a knapsack on a rack, preferably with cinch straps should be fine. I do this with my 5x7 kit:

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    Given that the Lowepro backpack I use is padded and the kit is tightly packed, I've had no issues with travelling like this.

    My bicycle also happens to have running , which are handy for strapping the tripod to. However, having a tripod across your back isn't too bad.
    Nice! That's a pretty long Chainstay...what bike is that?

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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    It's a Yuba Mundo. Good for multitasking!

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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    Just got back from a trip to Death Valley. Those dirt roads shook my camera gear far more than riding a bicycle on a road!

    Nice Yuba -- I am going to half to get something like that (the Surlys sure are nice).
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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    Trailers are a nice solution, but I am experiencally biased towards everything on the bike. I will have to try a couple different types of trailers some day (single and double wheeled).
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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Just got back from a trip to Death Valley. Those dirt roads shook my camera gear far more than riding a bicycle on a road!

    Nice Yuba -- I am going to half to get something like that (the Surlys sure are nice).
    Hi Vaughn,

    Did you mean you rode a bicycke through Death Valley or were you in a car?

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    Re: Packing a 4x5 on a bicycle

    Quote Originally Posted by macolive View Post
    Hi Vaughn,

    Did you mean you rode a bicycke through Death Valley or were you in a car?
    While I saw lots of folks on bicycles in Death Valley, I was in my Eurovan rocking and a rolling on some of the back roads.
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