light & saddle bag fittings for 2nd bike.

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light & saddle bag fittings for 2nd bike.

Postby Blybo » Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:10 pm

Hi guy's,
I'm sure a few of you must have been in this predicament. I just got my 2nd bike; a LeMond Tourmalet, :D :D :D . I have some decent accessories on my MTB like a Topeak quick release saddle bag and good front and rear cateye lights.
Any idea where to buy in Melbourne or on line in Australia the various quick release fittings so I can mount on the new bike and then just click stuff onto the bike of choice for the day?

P.S. Can't wait to go home and have a quick blast on the new stead. Must think up a name...
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Postby Mr888 » Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:23 pm

ummm...I'd be jumping at the opportunity of buying more accessories for the second bike...IMHO :twisted:

Forget about swapping and interchanging. I'd be specialising the equipment to suit each bike for its specific purpose. Road/path, light traffic, night conditions, off road, down hill, singles trails etc. will need special equipment (tubes, pumps, lights, levers, tools.......) :wink:
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Postby McPete » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:13 pm

Certainly with the saddlebag, you'd want another with the tubes and bits for the bike you're riding, not the one that's sitting at home. I have one of the same TopPeak bags, they're handy because I can pull it off and avoid some bugger nicking it.

As for the lights, I'm sure if you asked around at the LBS, most mainstream light manufacturers should have extra mounts, we were able to get more for my dad's CatEye halogen jobbie.

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Postby timbo » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:27 am

I'm with Mr888 and McPete on this one. I tried swapping bags etc when I bought a second bike and found myself with the wrong sized tube when replacing a puncture once, and without a pump on another occasion. Its better to have two seperate kits with the correct parts for each bike.

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Postby europa » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:02 am

My bikes have their own kit, each set up for that particular bike. RavX (I think it is) sell an on bike kit containing a saddle bag, multi-tool (that actually works) and pump for about $40. Add some more tyre levers (rather than the ones in the multi-tool) and a tube and your bike's ready to go.

I looked at buying sensors to fit to a second bike so I can use my Polar CS200 on two bikes. I wound up using ebay to buy a complete setup for less than I could get a set of sensors.

I can see the sense in wanting to change lights from one bike to another, but really, are you going to ride both at night?

I like to keep my bikes set up and ready to go. That way, I just have to grab one and head out the door. It's hard enough remembering the normal stuff like helmet, gloves, computer, keys, mobile, brain, etc without pfaffing about swapping bags and pumps as well, and you can guarantee that the day you need something will be the day it's sitting on the other bike.

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Postby Blybo » Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:11 pm

Thanks guy's for the feedback.
I bought a pump for the roadie when I picked it up and just now found out I could get a cheapie Tioga saddle bag for less than the second bracket for the Topeak bag, so that's settled.
As the front light I have is worth $100 I am waiting for the LBS to order in a 2nd QR bracket for me. I tend to always have the lights on my commuting machine but if we were to go on longer weekend ride on the other bike I like to have the lights with me, just in case. My rear light can go on a spare bracket on the MTB and clip on to the saddle bag on the roadie.

btw Richard, although still not cheap, I got a 2nd polar speed sensor and bike mount from LBS for $90. I moved the cadence to the roadie as the MTB will only be for casual rides from now on so not really needed there. Guess what; the computer works properly mounted on the stem :D

I saw a tiny little park tool type of kit where I bought the bike so will probably get one of those and some extra tyre levers for the second saddle bag.
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