The all purpose bike bag

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It’s a simple concept and very, very practical.  My friends at Two Wheel View turned me on to the idea of a simple cordura bike bag as a means of transporting bikes.  They provide decent protection and don’t require taking the bike completely apart.  You can simply roll them up and travel with them on the bike.  They also make great ground cloths, yoga mats, and rain tarps.  The second lesson I learned from Two Wheel View is the all around utility of nylon zip ties.  I carried 50-100 on the whole trip.  They are great for securing the front wheel to the frame when breaking down the bike and they are very adaptable for use in making repairs.  I helped repair a Chilean biker’s broken rack with them and I later used them to repair the rear rack on my bike, which had cracked in three places.  During the trip I had to pack up the bikes a total of four times for transport, without the bags and zip ties, this would have been a real hassle.

If you know a teenager who might want to experience mountain bike touring, check out the programs offered by Two Wheel View.

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About jdicus

I am a Spanish and social studies teacher on year-long sabbatical in Mendoza, Argentina. Our family consists of myself, wife Jenny Breen, and daughters Solana and Frances. With this blog we endeavor to chronicle our experience living abroad.
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6 Responses to The all purpose bike bag

  1. Jon – love yoga and the view from where you were is breathtaking. Enjoying all of your posts! Take care. Marilyn

  2. Janet Johnson says:

    Great tips and the TWO WHEEL BIKE video was fun to watch. Great trip.

  3. jdicus says:

    That was my video (albeit edited). I filmed it when I co-led a trip with Two Wheel View and Blake students.

  4. Hi Jon, great to see you making use of the bike bag and enjoying your time in Argentina. I just got back from Argentina yesterday – another great TWO WHEEL VIEW trip! I’ll catch up with you again soon, Rick

  5. Tina Ingle says:

    That’s an excellent idea for using CORDURA® Fabrics. Hopefully the durability kept you going throughout your trip!
    Tina Ingle
    CORDURA(R) brand
    Account Manager

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