Bike in to Shoot

Posted: April 27, 2017 in Uncategorized
I shoot in four different parks near my home and one park is very large and there are areas that I have never explored because of the distance it would take to walk there and back. With limited time in the field I can’t waste the time it would take to venture into these area on foot, as I would spend more time walking there and back then I would shooting. So it hit me one day, why not bike to these areas as there are trails that will get be into these back country areas, and my bike would get me there in no time.
I don’t carry much in the way of camera equipment when I go out to shoot, so I don’t use a photo backpack,  so I went to the local bike shop to see if they could set up a carrying bag and rack system that would attach over the back wheel. If you use a photo backpack you could always just strap it on your back and ride and not purchase the bag and rack.  They had a nice size bag that would hold my camera, extra lens and a few accessories, and had a shoulder strap so I could carry the bag off into the woods to explore. The bag has a track on the under side that allows the bag to slide onto the rack and lock in place.
To carry the tripod I attached it to the top post on the bike with a strap and a bungee cord.
I will also carry a locking cable in case I want to leave the bike and head off into the woods. I can lock the bike to a tree off the trail.
Here is a picture that shows the bike with the bag and the tripod attached.

Here is a shot of the bag and you can see plenty of room for the camera, and room in the front area for a extra lens and things.

Here is the tripod strapped and bungee on the top post, or you can buy a tripod strap and sling it over your back
This new set up will get me to new areas in a fraction of the time it would take me to walk, giving me more time to shoot.
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  1. Richard Grubola says:

    Great idea. Can you give details on what type of bicycle?

  2. Dina Klotz says:

    Love your tips!! I ride a recumbent bicycle. Because my seat has a back, it is easy for me to carry a Backpack. I like the way you strapped your tripod on the center pole.

  3. Carl Helzing says:

    Great idea Mike. Look forward to more great shots from the new area.

  4. Patti says:

    Mike, I am nearly a neighbor – I live in Clinton Twp. What Bike shop did you get the bag.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Patti, I get all my bikes and gear at Fraser Bicycle on Utica Rd in Fraser.

      • Patti says:

        Mike, Thank you. I was hoping that was the bike shop. I purchased my current bike Allied in
        Eastpointe, this is on my way home from work but Fraser is closer to home. Thanks for the information. I will be attending the conference this fall – looking forward to the weekend. I may take the Boot Camp in Rockford. – Patti

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