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Dress Rehearsal

The setup I'll have for "The Great B{*surname*} Postie Bike Ride Around Australia". Thankfully I figured out a practical system for managing the gear, with ready access to all the bits that need it (petrol..)

In spite of how it looks (no thanks to the bungie cords) everything is firmly attached and secure, and the balance of the bike hasn't changed.


There's a .22 ammo container on its side (a 50cmx8cm strip of metal removed from the top to make more space for my backside), with the 10 litres of petrol containers inside, and the wet-weather gear 'hiding' it.


The camping gear is inside the black bag, and the 'clothes' bag on top of that.


The saddlebags/panniers are the 44 litre 'Motodry' bags (AU$110 for the pair), attached to a mount fashioned from thick metal angle brackets I bought from Bunnings. Again, it's more firmly mounted that the bungie cords make it look :) .. They however can still be removed. Large 6 litre/10litre 'sistema' containers fit perfectly inside it too. The port bag has tools and hardware, the starboard bag is mostly food, water, and the like.


Between the handlebars there's a plastic 'fishing bait-box' that holds a camera, pen, notebook, cloth, and such. The left handlebar has mounts for the GPS and camera. The white PVC tube is a stubbie holder. :) The cushion may or may not improve the seating-- I'll decide after a few hundred kilometres. Another modification done to the bike was to extend the mirror stems.


All-up, the intended ride will go from Newcastle, to Nowendoc, Armidale, Brisbane, Charleville, (hope it doesn't flood..) Darwin, down to Adelaide, Mt Gambier, maybe the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and then an even more undecided way back to Sydney-- about 8000 kilometres. I've got a bit of a wait before moving into a new place, so if I'm going to be homeless for a month...


Update: thanks to a suggestion from Pete G., I've replaced the bungie with ratchet tie-downs, improving the stablity further. The bungie on the saddlebags hasn't been needed either.

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Taken on December 11, 2010