Options & thoughts about unicycle storage?

For a Product Design project I’m doing at A-Level I’m looking into the area of unicycle storage so I need to do a bit of research, ANY information, links to products/articles and most importantly personal experience will be very much appreciated as you are essentially my target market.
My end aim is to design and produce a product which allows riders an improved method of storing essential items, but I could end up specialising for a specific riding type.

I have a few questions if you don’t mind answering:

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  • What options are available for unicyclists for storage?
  • What items do you generally have with you when you go out for a ride and for which type/length or riding? (e.g specific tools, pump, water, food, puncture repair..)
  • How do you store these items? (do you just use your pockets? maybe a Camelbak or normal bag, or some modification to your unicycle perhaps?)
  • How convenient are these storage methods and do you have any ideas of possible alternative methods which would be better?
  • What do you think of the idea of a saddle bag for street riding? The idea is that the seat would take impacts rather than the bag, obviously the bag would have to quite firmly attach onto the seat but this hopefully shouldn't obstruct the cyclist during use. [/LIST]

    Many thanks :slight_smile:

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    If you want something creative and at least just a tiny bit practical I have an idea:
    Take a couple of those bearing holder tube extenders used on two-wheeled giraffes and attach them to a 36er. Cut them down so they pass the pedals by a little bit at the lowest part then add small lunchbox sized panniers just high enough that they don’t hit the ground on turns. You have more space with short cranks, but even with longer ones you can make the panniers narrow but long curved tubes so they can still hold stuff. It should be more stable than adding weight above the wheel. No comment on the durability during crashes though.

    For off the shelf products I think lumbar bags work the best.

    How about a nylon bag that wraps tightly around the seat post. It could hold a couple of small tools, keys, maybe a wallet. Wouldn’t stick out past the seat so it would be protected during most falls. Wouldn’t slip down past the seat post clamp.

    Something like this but bigger:

    The red one is a cell phone pouch for a backpack strap. It’s just big (tall) enough for two allen wrenches and my car keys and a few other small things, like ID. I have a 2.2mi circuit I ride for fitness so i’m never very far from the car so this is perfect for that purpose

    The black one is a Topeak small seat bag. It had a clip that worked with the vertical seat post (until it broke). I should have put something down for size comparison but its size is 6"x3"x2". This is what the clamped look like: http://www.topeak.com/products/Xtras/F55Fixer

    Doesn’t look like Topeak makes this model any more.

    But check this out: http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/TriBag this seem like what Deadbeatpope is suggesting. For some reason it says not available in the USA. On think is I’m not sure what would stop it from spinning around on a uni. The UDC Badge is enough to keep my red bag from spinning around.

    For something larger like in the picture on the Topeak page something would have to be made to attach to the seat to stop the bag from rotating around or else clamp tight enough (using a clip instead of straps) to keep it pointed back.

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    But Amazon has the Topeak Cell Phone Plus bag like in my picture above:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI6X0S/ref=pd_luc_hashrec_04_02

    If you decide to get this I would suggest getting an extra Fixer55 clip. The plastic hose clamp is not very strong. Now that I know to go easy with it, it should be fine I think.

    Touring setup

    Here is someone’s touring setup for their unicycle. It comes from this website:

    http://thirtysixer.com/gear-mojo/

    I like the double water-bottle holder in back and may get one for my road unicycle.

    Scott

    Hey Ezas, I like the little red bag. Looks like it has velcro to wrap around instead of the clip which is cleaner and won’t break. Are those available separately or did it come with a backpack? Kinda what I’m looking for.

    Scott, that is an adventure uni for sure. I could see it for long touring rides but the camelbak seems a more comfortable choice within range. If i was going to take the family on a summer vacation by uni it would probably be that one. :wink:

    I’ve been considering similar options made to strap onto recumbent bicycle frames.
    http://www.hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/search.pl?category=200520
    Of course, you’d have to be pretty tall to have enough seat post for these to work. Luckily, I am. :slight_smile:

    Note re the tri-bag: I’ve got a very similar one by Schwinn (and cheaper - lik $9 at Wally world), and don’t think it would work in a vertical orientation, because it’s just a flap of fabric over the top. This would leave a gap on the bottom edge (when turned to vertical orientation) that would let stuff fall out. Maybe OK if you just use it for big stuff.

    Only problem is I’m too cheap to shell out for the recumbent bags. I’ll probably be sewing my own in the near future. Using that as a bridge back to OP’s request, I’m thinking of a water bottle holder on the rear of the seat post, with a long but thin, or possible wedge-shaped bag on the front (if wedge, would only work with handlebars). All held on with velcro straps.

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    Also back to OP:
    I like to carry water, wallet, and cell phone as bare minimum.
    For longer rides, add pump, tube, patch kit, tire levers, snacks, and light jacket.
    For commuting, I usually also bring a change of clothes.

    Current carry method is a hydro-pack. Don’t see how I could get to my commuting level of stuff without a pack of some kind.

    When I tour unsupported I use a Carradice SQR Tour seat post bag. I can fit my Hennessy Hammock, sleeping Pad, sleeping bag, spare tub, patch kit, cooking bowls and utensils, spare tubes, flashlight, video camera, etc. etc. It is a beast. Best purchase ever for uni touring

    Keep in mind you need to be at least 5’11 or so or else you may not have enough seat post space for it to be mounted.

    They are a bit pricey, though…

    OMG that’s huge! :astonished:
    But now that I’m aware of these, the slightly smaller bags are looking like a potential replacement for my commuting pack. Maybe Christmas. . . .

    Oh you want to know what I carry. . .

    This is all for distance/fitness road rides. I’ve yet to dip my toe into Muni riding and no real plans to at this point.

    For short rides (typically ‘laps’ at my local airport) two allen wrenches (carried in small pouch attached to seat post with velcro), and water in Camelbak during hotter weather.

    For longer rides (bike trails) add tire patch kit, 2 CO2 Canisters and spare hand air pump. For comfort: sunglasses (most rides), cap, snacks, wallet and cell phone. If it’s an evening ride and even slim chance of being out after dark, headlamp and clip on tail flasher. My rides are short enough that I don’t need to worry about much else.

    I use a Camelbak Lobo to carry my stuff. So far it has plenty of room for what I need with room for more.

    This isn’t ‘carried’ but in the back of my car I keep a small tool box with complete tool set for my Uni except for bearing puller.

    easy fix.

    Wow, that’s a good idea :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    And to the topic. On short rides in the area I’m taking as much as I fit into the pockets of my bike shirt. The three pockets usually are enough to fit keys to my house, ID and some money, small camera and a multitool.

    But most of my rides recently is commuting and then I’m taking a backpack as I need another set of clothes for work, sometimes my lunchbox. And I’m doing some shopping on a way back usually.

    Ever since I saw this post, the thought’s been lying dormant in the back of my mind. This week, I finally purchased an SQR Tour bag. So far, I’m in love with it!
    It holds everything I used to carry in my backpack, leaving me unencumbered with plenty of fresh air circulation around my torso.
    The seatpost clamp shifted a little on my seatpost under the force of a fully loaded bag (raingear, full change of clothes, towel, tools, phone, “Danish bowtie”-style headphones); I tightened the bolts down tonight.
    My packing list isn’t as impressive as lpounds’s (…yet :p), but the bag felt heavier than the unicycle itself. Surprisingly to me, I didn’t really feel any difference in handling, but I did have to intentionally compensate when mounting - I missed the first one.