Best luggage bags/boxes?

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  1. Bozeman

    Bozeman Guest

    What do y'all think are the best luggage tailboxes or panniers, etc.? I saw the M5 (expensive)
    luggage tailbox, and heard there is an optima one (which I haven't found any pictures of). Are there
    any othere worth consideration? Are there good recumbent panniers (by whom?)? I am looking for
    something that fits a low racer or quasi-low racer.

    Craig
     
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  2. "Bozeman" skrev ...
    > What do y'all think are the best luggage tailboxes or panniers, etc.? I saw the M5 (expensive)
    > luggage tailbox, and heard there is an optima one (which I haven't found any pictures of). Are
    > there any othere worth consideration? Are there good recumbent panniers (by whom?)? I am looking
    > for something that fits a low racer or quasi-low racer.

    What brand of bike?

    http://www.radicaldesign.nl/ Makes pretty cool bags for recumbents.

    Optima only has the Elan tailfairings AFAIK. Just a shell without luggagecapacity.

    Then theres Novosport www.novosport.de with a whole range of boxes. I have a large Sport-version. I
    would not recommend it for major touring though. The weightlimit is around 10 kgs and even though 70
    litres or thereabouts sounds like much the shape prevented me from carrying my tent, sleeping mat
    and bag inside the box. They went on top and it looked horrible and the overweight gave the box a
    few cracks in the bottom. (easily repaired but still.) They do give you added speed and are fine for
    a weekendtrip without camping.

    HP-Velotechnik also has a luggagebox but thats from Novosport (or at least built by the same guy in
    Poland) so probably not cheaper if they have to make a buck too.

    I guess the cheapest method would be rigging a normal rack and using standard panniers. Ortlieb
    backrollers work for me.

    Mikael
     
  3. AFAIK the Optima t/f can be had with a couple of "shelves" inside, but it doesn't carry much. You
    could use it for day rides, but that's about it.

    The HP-Velotechnik and Novosport boxes are identical - when I got one, the instructions had
    "Novosport" written all over them.

    Dave Larrington - http://legslarry.crosswinds.net/
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    Editor - British Human Power Club Newsletter
    http://www.bhpc.org.uk/
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  4. > Are there good recumbent panniers (by whom?)? I am looking for something that fits a low racer or
    > quasi-low racer.

    The Dutch company Radical have a good reputation in specialist recumbent bags, although I do not
    have any myself !!

    They have English pages and I think have supplies around the world (you do not say where you are !!

    http://www.radicaldesign.nl/

    Regards, Simon
     
  5. Mike O'Brien

    Mike O'Brien Guest

    "Bozeman" <[email protected]> wrote

    | What do y'all think are the best luggage tailboxes or panniers, etc.? I saw the M5 (expensive)
    | luggage tailbox, and heard there is an optima one (which I haven't found any pictures of). Are
    | there any othere worth consideration? Are there good recumbent panniers (by whom?)? I am looking
    | for something that fits a low racer or quasi-low racer.

    Go to Wal-Mart and a couple of those blue flexible coolers--they work great on just about
    every bike.

    Regards,

    Mike O'Brien

    Trying to keep the barbarians from the gate, but they all have fake ID's
     
  6. Rorschandt

    Rorschandt Guest

    "Mike O'Brien" <[email protected]> wrote in news:[email protected]:

    > "Bozeman" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    >| What do y'all think are the best luggage tailboxes or panniers, etc.? I saw the M5 (expensive)
    >| luggage tailbox, and heard there is an optima one (which I haven't found any pictures of). Are
    >| there any othere worth consideration? Are there good recumbent panniers (by whom?)? I am looking
    >| for something that fits a low racer or quasi-low racer.
    >
    > Go to Wal-Mart and a couple of those blue flexible coolers--they work great on just about
    > every bike.
    >
    If James Bond rode a trike, his luggage might look like this:
    http://www.thorax.de/Produkte/Tangens/T-Ausstattung/t-ausstattung.html (second photo down)

    Another option for cheap plastic panniers, are those nice file boxes they sell at Office Depot and
    the like. Not quite big enough for a conventional paper sack of groceries, but the plastic kind with
    the loops (to saw thru your fingers as you carry them)do fit
     
  7. On 29 Jan 2003 22:27:09 -0800, [email protected] (Bozeman) wrote:

    >What do y'all think are the best luggage tailboxes or panniers, etc.? I saw the M5 (expensive)
    >luggage tailbox, and heard there is an optima one (which I haven't found any pictures of). Are
    >there any othere worth consideration? Are there good recumbent panniers (by whom?)? I am looking
    >for something that fits a low racer or quasi-low racer.
    >
    >Craig

    Take a look at www.elan-ligfietsen.com they sell small lowracer bags
     
  8. Bozeman

    Bozeman Guest

    Thanks all for the suggestions.

    Anyone using a Novosport "Racing" model? Does it fit on an Optima Baron? How long is the delay on
    getting one?

    Thanks, Craig
     
  9. Jun Nogami

    Jun Nogami Guest

    Bozeman wrote:

    > Thanks all for the suggestions.
    >
    > Anyone using a Novosport "Racing" model? Does it fit on an Optima Baron? How long is the delay on
    > getting one?
    >
    > Thanks, Craig

    I doubt that it would fit such a laid back bike.

    Here is a picture of it on my Hurricane.

    http://www.egr.msu.edu/~nogami/jun/other/bikes/hurri/sidetbox.JPG

    It does have a wheel well that fits a 26" wheel, but the relationship between the wheel position and
    the seat was designed for the speedmachine.

    It will take you at least a couple of months to get the box.

    If you're really serious, I can send you some picture of a wheel and the tailbox in various
    positions and you can judge from yourself whether it will fit. I do not own the tailbox now. It was
    sold to someone with a T-bone.
     
  10. Craig asked:

    > Anyone using a Novosport "Racing" model?

    Have one on the Speedmachine

    > Does it fit on an Optima Baron?

    It *might* is the seat was cranked up as high as possible, but I doubt it. There's a lot more fresh
    air between the rear wheel and the seat on the Speedmachine than there is on the Baron.

    > How long is the delay on getting one?

    Mine only took a week or so, but it's not very far in comparison...

    Dave Larrington - http://legslarry.crosswinds.net/
    ===========================================================
    Editor - British Human Power Club Newsletter
    http://www.bhpc.org.uk/
    ===========================================================
     
  11. > Bozeman wrote:
    >
    > > Thanks all for the suggestions.
    > >
    > > Anyone using a Novosport "Racing" model? Does it fit on an Optima Baron? How long is the delay
    > > on getting one?
    > >
    > > Thanks, Craig

    The website says it will fit an Optima Cobra. But why not e-mail them and ask?

    Regards Mikael
     
  12. [email protected] (Bozeman) wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > What do y'all think are the best luggage tailboxes or panniers, etc.? I saw the M5 (expensive)
    > luggage tailbox, and heard there is an optima one (which I haven't found any pictures of). Are
    > there any othere worth consideration? Are there good recumbent panniers (by whom?)? I am looking
    > for something that fits a low racer or quasi-low racer.
    >
    > Craig

    I have got an Easy Racers and just bought from Bike Nashbar, on sale, a large and a small pair of
    panniers with waterproof coated fabric, welded seams and roll top closure. They look and fit great.
    The small pair tuck under the seat on the factory optional racks. the large bags fit great on a
    modified Easy racer rear rack. I also had made a small shelf type rack for the space under the seat
    and between the two small panniers. For the money I feel the Bike Nashbar bags are a great deal
    especially when compaired to the Vaude panniers which these closely resemble. I will be doing the
    Bike FLrodia seven day trip this March.

    Peter Spirito
     
  13. Bozeman

    Bozeman Guest

    > The website says it will fit an Optima Cobra. But why not e-mail them and ask?
    >
    > Regards Mikael

    Because they have not replied to email for almost a month.
     
  14. "Bozeman" skrev...

    > Because they have not replied to email for almost a month.

    Yea, that would do it I guess. :) Might be vacation although he forgot to put the dates in. AFAIK
    its a one-man operation.

    Mikael
     
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