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Offline vt91

Does anybody sell a bicycle cargo trunk like this?
« on: August 06, 2021, 12:41:44 am »
I wanted to go on long bicycle journeys for years.
Last year my health was not great.
This year I became a caretaker and had to abandon my plans.

Yet in May, I was lucky to go on an 8 day bicycle journey through the Appalachian coal country that taught me a lot about how I need to prepare for longer journeys.
(Here are some pictures of my journey:https://www.instagram.com/vladimirtolskiy/)


I am looking for a bicycle trunk that looks like this:

I also had to make a custom part to go around the caliper, because none of the caliper-friendly bikes offered me what I wanted.

Does anybody make anything like this for a 29" bicycle with DISK brakes?

If I started selling touring trunks with such geometry and a kickstand incorporated into the design?
Would you buy one?

Thank you.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2021, 12:48:07 am by vt91 »

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Does anybody sell a bicycle cargo trunk like this?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2021, 10:58:18 am »
Wow, that is one interesting way to put in disc brakes.  Was this bike a butchered caliper brake model that you added the discs to?

I would think your added rear shelf would have limited commercial appeal.  The traditional packing with bigger panniers on the rear and smaller panniers on the front gives a lot of packing volume.  When that's not enough, a bar bag and perhaps a bit more on the front is the traditional way to carry even more.

I'm not a good one to give advice to cut down your load, since I probably started my longest tour with over 75 pounds of gear (excluding bike and racks).  But a better approach, for most people if not for you, would be to carry less gear.  If you're going to more remote places or if you're going to be gone for more than 2-3 months, you might want to carry everything you've sketched out.  But that goes back to the "limited commercial appeal."  There's not many people who hit the road for more than six months at a time, and they often figure things out on their own, and change how they pack as they go, so a mass produced (even in low volume) specialty rack isn't going to be a best seller.

Offline vt91

Re: Does anybody sell a bicycle cargo trunk like this?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2021, 02:41:23 pm »
I only carried 45 lb of cargo at most during my journey.
This happened in the middle of nowhere after resupplying at a Dollar General.

Usually I carry less.
However, there are items such as a sleeping bag, a foam pad and winter jackets that take up a lot of space and sometimes need to hang on top of things to dry.

I still intend on using pannier bags.

Existing commercial trunks don't utilize the space around the rear wheel efficiently.

The blinker also needs to be visible.
Also I wonder if this trunk could be built to protect the rear wheel from collapsing during a rear collision.

Offline ray b

Re: Does anybody sell a bicycle cargo trunk like this?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2021, 07:47:02 pm »

I also had to make a custom part to go around the caliper, because none of the caliper-friendly bikes offered me what I wanted
Does anybody make anything like this for a 29" bicycle with DISK brakes?


Here's a sampling of rear racks that are disk brake compatible. I am currently using the Tubus Disco 29er..., but look around.
https://www.modernbike.com/disc-brake-compatible-rear-mount-racks
« Last Edit: September 18, 2021, 07:56:21 pm by ray b »
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline aggie

Re: Does anybody sell a bicycle cargo trunk like this?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2021, 09:26:44 am »
Take a look at the new Old Man Mountain brand Divide bike rack.  It will mount to your axle or braze ons and it designed for use with disk brakes.