Basically, you need a bike bag. There are various models at different price levels, but IMHO the best is http://fairmean.com/I'm hoping to come on the next of these Private Tours. Anyway, I need some advice on how to make my bike suitable for carrying on the train back.
And if you have a larger bike (like my 63cm) most standard bags won't do. For bikes over 58cm Fairmean was the best balance of portability and function I could find.
Having slogged up a few mountains with a rugby ball sized bulky bag strapped to my frame I can testify to the lucidity of this man's case. Not only does it add to what you carry but it gets in the way, banging against you when all you need on that climb is the thought of getting to the top you are forced to shift about and collide against that giant wad of bike wrapping. When we get to the station I wonder where they keep theirs as they seem to spring from hidden depths to do the same job my duffel bag does. I am looking around for options to reduce the size and weight of mine.A cheap, big and heavy bag will make riding way more annoying than a small one you put in your pocket and forget until you need it.
Honestly, a super small, lightweight one is the way to go. You will thank yourself when you are slogging up a mountain and you don't have an extra kg thing the size of a rugby ball strapped to your frame.
Also, if the bag/bike cost ratio is an issue, you can easily solve this by getting the mega-expensive bike you truly deserve.
That's what I have
Yeah, I have been looking around, and still think these two are the main bags to go for. Fairmean stuff is made by a member of the club, and is used by a lot of people on here. Super small, light and made for you. Not sure exactly of how far they are customised for each person, but I seem to remember they are basically custom fit to your bike (someone who has bought one can fill in the details?) They pack down into a tiiiiny pouch which fits in a jersey back pocket with a load of space to spare. Pandani is the one to go for if you are into Jamie Reid inspired punk iconography / flying Pandas. Not custom fit to your bike, but will fit just about any rig, and also packs down into a very small packet; when I have mine in my back pocket, I can also fit half a dozen energy bars, a bike lock and my phone in the same space. Tiny. Also incredibly light, and rapid to use.a fairmean or pandani bag
Ah, which Mont-Bell bag do you have?I have the Tioga and Mont-Bell bag.
Tioga takes minutes to get my smallest bike in (and some patience) - The Montbell takes seconds - as well being a fraction the weight.
They both do. I have the one-wheel-off (quick carry) version, which fits easily into a jersey pocket or bottle cage.Ah, which Mont-Bell bag do you have?
One of these?
If so, does it pack down small enough to get in a back jersey pocket?
My lips are sealed.LOL, I have taken to wearing the wheel bag of my Pandani over my head and shoulders as a tight poncho on the way to meeting the lads every Saturday morning when it is freezing cold. Don't tell anyone though; it is kind of a fun little thing I do that nobody knows about. I wash all the lipstick and eyeshadow off as well, at the Family Mart on Route 2 before I get to the river, and take the bag off so my secret is safe.