|You can see how it would be difficult to get at anything stored on the right side of the bike.|
The thing you want is on the other side of the bike.
And its corollary:
The thing you want is at the bottom of the pack.
There was also this little problem of the bike twisting around and falling over. This happened because the front panniers put more weight on that front wheel, so if you are not holding the bike and front wheel securely, it will spin around and next thing you know, the bike is falling over.
|Watch out for that front wheel flop!|
So the combination of these two things have had me scratching my head in the years since our trip to Tahoe. I thought for a while that we would make use of the strap we had for loading the tandem onto the car-top bike carrier, as it holds the front wheel true while you load the bike, but we sold the carrier and since the strap is integral to making it work, we really had to pass it along to the new owner.
Enter the "Clickstand"! This nifty little gadget acts like a kickstand, but mounts high on the bike, above its center of gravity. This keeps the torque from damaging the bike, and according to the web site, should hold up a fully-loaded tandem. We will see about that! For the time being, though, I am delighted to say it seems we have finally found a solution for problem number one. With the Clickstand, we can position the bike a bit away from the wall, and still have access to both sides of the bike. Best thing about it, it's made like your tent poles - so it has a tension string inside, and the pieces pop into place when you open it, and the whole thing folds up to about 8 1/2 inches long. Easy-peasy!
The second problem, that of wheel flop, we are addressing with a nifty little bungie-like cord that has a ball on one end of it. I didn't get it into the photo, but imagine one of those small elastics that girls use to make pony-tails. We'll position it around the front wheel and the tube, and that will keep the wheel from flipping around.
So, with these two cool little gadgets, we hope to take care of one of the most annoying and irritating aspects of the tour, because:
f. it doesn't do you any good to carry something along if you can't find it when you need it.