Friday, July 31, 2015

Man Bag Challenge: Quick attachment to my bike

Lately, I've been carrying a Rothco Canvas Ammo Shoulder Bag as a murse Man Bag, and I've been really liking it. It's the smallest bag I've seen that doesn't look like a ladies purse, yet holds all of my essentials. There's even room to add a large'ish item, like a DSLR or water bottle and snacks should I need to. The build quality is so-so, but at $9.95 how can you complain?

One challenge: how to attach said bag to my bike? I've got a bike rack, so I suppose I could have just tied it there. But I wanted a quicker, no fuss solution.

I had attached a carabiner to the side of the bag to hold my car keys, and so it was a natural move to clip the bag to the side of the bike rack. From there, it was easy enough to thread the strap around the bike rack and back to the carabiner. The result is a sort of primitive pannier. That probably sounds more complicated than it is to do:

I've now done two rides with the bag attached this way, and I've been quite happy with the solution. The bag is lightweight enough that it doesn't throw off the balance of the bike, it hasn't gotten in the way of me peddling and it's been secure the whole time. Best of all, attaching and removing the bag takes just a few seconds and requires nothing more than the clip already attached to the bag.

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