How to carry your bike hands free?
Soooooo on my ongoing hike a bike adventures, I’ve a couple of routes where carrying the bikes hands free would be a distinct advantage as the routes are a little bit scrambly. Has anyone got any hints or tips on how best to do this? I’m thinking taking the wheels off and strapping them onto my frame and bag with Alpkit 2 and 4 metre strapping but am unsure how stable this will be.
Has anyone any experience of this that they would be happy to share?
SannyPosted 5 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Thought about it but you’re gonna need a proper heavy duty pack to strap it all to. Average ‘bak is only made for couple of litres of water and a few tube/tools, hanging even a medium weight bike off it is gonna trash it I’d have thought, plus straps won’t be wide enough to take the weight comfortably.
But if anyone knows better…Posted 5 years ago
I was thinking some pipe lagging to stop the frame and forks getting scratched to hell if I take the wheels off.
I use a 20 litre Alpkit Gourdon which is great for balancing my bike on the top of it for extended carrying so it’s really a case of trying to figure out how best to strap the bike to it.
CheersPosted 5 years agomudfishSubscriber
Way long ago, my mate Rory Hitchens who now works at Upgrade Bikes took his bike to the summit of Mont Blanc. As I recall, he then assembled it, had a pic taken and then, AFAIK, carried it back down.Posted 5 years ago
Drop him a line and ask how he carried it, must have been comfy as it’s a long way up.
Ring of Steall? Whoop! Tell me more? How did you enjoy it? Any more pics from the ride? When did you do that? Which way did you go? I’m wondering if you rode down from An Gearanach into Glen Nevis as it’s on my radar of downhills to try. How long did you take? Interested to learn of other adventure rides you have done.
I did a variation on the Ring. Up the bealach below Stob Ban then across to Am Bodach. Sadly, my mates were pooped so bailed on Stob Coire a Chairn. I was gutted but went back later in the year to do it. It was ace!
Binean Mor is on the target list as a round of 5 in one day. 😀Posted 5 years agojamesoSubscriber
Last summer in the Alps a friend used a webbing strap between stem and seatclamp to hook over the top of his camelback (through the straps / loop at top somehow) and found it worked well for the 2hr+ carries we did, the bikes were loaded too. I just hooked the saddle nose over my shoulder (with a pipe-lagging pad) and held the f wheel – less useful for scrambling but there was rarely a need to use both hands.Posted 5 years agokayak23Subscriber
Last summer a mate broke his wrist at the top of les deux Alpes. He got land rovered off but not his bike, so I was left to carry it down. It’s a long way down walking.
I ended up taking my bike apart and strapping it to my Dakine Apex with the helmet strap and a couple of inner tubes. Why I didn’t dismantle his bike and ride mine I’ll never know…
Worked OK though, I imagine you could do similar quite well with a but of working out.
The main problem is trying to even up the weight distribution so the pack doesn’t swing round so much.
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