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Al Ruscelli's 2003 Raleigh F500 Mountain Bike (Police-Style Bike)

The Issue of Tennis...

E-mail Al: al@ruscelli.com

Photos Al Ruscelli Photography

I am trying to find a solution to allow me to carry my current tennis bag on the Raleigh F500 mountain bike.  I could always switch to a rack/pannier-style solution, but would much rather set up  a rear rack to accommodate the type of tennis bag I'm accustomed to using, if possible.  That way I don't have to reconfigure my bag for trips to the court based on how I'm traveling (that is, use one bag setup for car, one for bike -- I'd rather just be able to throw the same bag into the car or strap it onto the bike without having a separate setup for each mode of transportation). 

I'm seriously considering one of the rear racks from Old Man Mountain (www.oldmanmountain.com).  Love that quality look and build.  (The guys over at Sun and Ski Sports suggested I buy one of their bike trailers.  I humored them by saying that it was an interesting idea (but I doubt I'll be pursuing that option any time soon.) 

Below are some shots of the bike and tennis bag (a Wilson Six-Pack, usually about two-thirds filled with a couple of racquets, tennis balls, towel, extra items of clothing, house keys, spare change, etc.). 

Bag specs are roughly (in inches) 29L x 14H x 12W and it usually tops out around 12 to 15 lbs fully loaded with racquets, clothes, accessories.  So, weight is not much of an issue, but tennis bag bulk and length are the main challenges. 

The most practical solution would seem to be some kind of rear rack to strap the bag to when riding out to the courts (again, maybe something from Old Man Mountain).   As an added luxury, I might also like to be able to attach a relatively large water jug (1/2 gallon size) for traveling to courts where no water is available except what you carry with you.  A couple of standard cage bottles of water would usually not be enough to get me through a relatively long match (and travel), so I'd have to carry a bit extra (and I like my tennis play water cold, so big and well insulated containers are best -- maybe a hydration pack?).  But I'm mostly concerned with how to attach the tennis bag. 

My daughter is in the first photo for a bit of human interest and size perspective. 
I don't need to attach her to the bike as well...;-) 

  

  

I love the fourth photo (lower right).  Like an oversized riding helmet that has taken over my bike.  Unfortunately, I can't carry the bag there. 

 

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