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    carrying cargo, on a normal bike.

    I currently have a spesh rockhopper from 2010 that is my everyday, odd job bike. What options are there for maximising its carrying capacity other than pannier and bags?

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    I rigged two 3 gallon food buckets to my beam rack. I upgraded to the Topeak touring rack and bought a TrolleyTote (not shown yet).
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    I like the bucket idea, just trying to think of something Luke that I could get hold of in the UK.

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    Hmm. Good question. Those buckets are food grade. I think they contained eggs. Could check a local cafeteria type of place. I used insulated cable clamps for the mounts and set it so the lip of the bucket rests on the cross bar for added support. If you use a conventional rack the bucket will sit above the rack top.


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    I did find a flaw to my design. If I have the lids on the buckets, the trolleytote will not slide on the rack.

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    Trailers, baskets and the bucket mod are good ideas. Wald makes nice baskets. You could really load this one up.

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    Having racks front and back with platforms and panniers can give you a lot of carrying capacity. Smaller items go in the bags and bigger boxes go on top of the racks.



    You can get a porteur rack for the front which is great for bulky loads and can also be used to strap down a bag or box with smaller items.

    The best solution depends what you need to carry.
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    The old Schwinn World Sport (1986) adapted for grocery and farm market use. I should have used my bungee cargo net better to keep the watermelon from rolling so much. Not a big load for a Big Dummy, but about 320 pounds, bike, load, and rider. Ghetto panniers were on sale for less than $10 for all four. The reflective tape was more expensive than the hardware and baskets. Wald steel rear rack. Homebuilt aluminum channel front porteur rack. One x 9 (42 x 11-34) with 90 mm Sturmey Archer generator-dyno front hub works in all weather. 700 x 38 mm Michelin City Tires.



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