May 21 2009
If you have a rear rack on your bike, you can carry a rack trunk. I’ve come to like trunks, even though I also use a handlebar bag with my two operational bikes. The ‘bar bag moves back and forth between both bikes, but trunks are more parochial. At least that’s what my bikes think. My Schwinn utility bike uses an inexpensive Ascent trunk rack which expands when necessary to carry larger loads. It’s a simple rectangular trunk, basic black, and just fine for carrying my spare jacket, food, extra water, and whatever I might need when shopping.
In December I bought a new camera, a DSLR which would become my all-round “good” camera. I’ve gone completely digital now, and have given my film camera SLR and lenses to someone who will prize it as much as I did for the 20 years or so I used it. Back in the middle of winter, with snow falling deeply every other day and ice making roads a skating rink too dangerous for riding my bikes, I didn’t give any thought to how I’d carry my Pentax kit on the road. But then came the thaw, with open roads beckoning me to stretch my legs and ride, ride, ride. THAT’s when it hit me—how was I going to carry my DSLR and the rest of my kit? After careful consideration, I decided to buy another trunk rack, one which would serve to protect my camera and lenses as I explored near and far by bike. What did I get? A Louis Garneau Profile trunk. I’ve had it a bit over a month now, and have been putting it through its paces. Does it measure up as a camera bag for bike riding? Looks like it will. Stay tuned for a more detailed report, coming soon….