June 2003 Safety Thoughts
by Dave Hansen, Safety Officer
Are you planning to do an overnight trip this riding season?
Overnight trips require packing additional items beyond just rain gear.
These additional items add weight, take up space, affect stability & change the way the bike handles.
Some basic points to remember when packing include:
Pack heavier items as low as possible
- Pack lighter items higher
- Keep rain gear accessible without unpacking everything else
Secure all external bags so they canít move or shift position
Cargo nets tend to allow loads to shift
Select external bags that have loops or rings that can be used as secure attachment points
Flat web straps with adjustable buckles will secure loads tightly enough to stop shifting
(they can be found in most sporting goods/camping stores)
Secure all external items so they canít fall off
Items can slip out between the netting of cargo nets
Loop all external items through a secure attachment point
If the item doesnít have a secure attachment point, pack it inside something that does
Some basic points regarding riding a fully packed bike:
All weight packed behind the rear axle will make the front wheel lighter
A fully packed bike weighs more & generally means
- increased stopping distances
not as stable, particularly at low speeds & in parking lots
Correct tire pressures for a loaded bike are very important
Pack the essentials. Avoid over-packing.
Experience is a great teacher.
Ask our active long-time members for tips on what they pack for trips.
If you pack an item but never use it, maybe you really didnít need to pack it.
Remember that when you pack for your next trip.
Words of Safety