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Shank that bike!

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Every day I'm biking to work. Every day I'm taking my bag - a reclaimed army bag - with me and every day I throw a lot of dirty words to that bag because it won't rest in place around my shoulders.

I refuse to install a bike rack, of course.

Sounds familiar?

One deadly simple solution: Shanky 2.0 - a shank-shaped (really?!) device that allows to attach stuff to the handlebar of your bike.

All you need: some pvc scrap, a piece of (smaller) metal pipe, pvc cement, zippers & powertape.

Effective? Guess!!!
 
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Step 1: Insert, cut & glue

The pvc tube goes in the 'T'.
The pipe goes in the tube - this will give extra strength to the shank (Shanky 1.0 broke, that's why).

Cut to the length desired and cut a hole in the pipe to insert the hardware of the handlebar (depends on the type of bar etc. - common sense).

Step 2: Fix & customize!

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Fix the shanky to the handlebar with zippers & powertape and customize.

How attaching the bag? Pass some rope through the shank and the bag, make some loops & finish with a carabiner.

Cool & sturdy, you'll love it!
Zenigatta1 year ago
How much weight do you have in your bag? Personally I don't like significant weight high up at the front as I find it affects the steering.

A similar approach could work going off the saddle or seat post though where it would be less likely to affect the handling.
bricobart (author)  Zenigatta1 year ago
Normally about 4 lbs, something like that. No influence on the steering - the gravity center of the bag is close to te steering axe.
rimar20001 year ago
Interesting solution. Simple, fast and cheap.
bricobart (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thanx Rimar, it is!
Ranie-K1 year ago
Why don't you attach the bag directly to the handlebars?
i would assume if he did that, he would be more likely to hit his knees on it or it to get caught and tangled in the brake and shifter lines. plus, it just looks cool like this! and you can never have enough paracord.
bricobart (author)  mr.mountaineer1 year ago
Thanx mountaineer! Ever tried to attach such a bag to a handlebar? Impossible to do correctly without messing with the brake cables. This shank keeps the bag away from all that stuff!