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Hi anyone had positive / negative experiences of loading carbon bikes including seat post and aero bars with Apidura type luggage. It’s a one off ride, over 2 days so not long term.

touring bike died on me last night and the ride is tomorrow so kind of desperate. Cheers

 

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LastBoyScout [468 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm sure you'll be fine - they take your weight riding, so a couple of extra kg should be within tolerance. Just make sure you tape up the contact points to stop any damage to the carbon.

Only time I've loaded up a carbon bike with luggage was a dry bag on a rear rack.

No rack mounts on that frame, so used a rack that mounts using the QR skewer and zip-tied the other bits to the wishbone above the rear brake with a bit of old innertube for padding. I've since found you can get a seatpost clamp with rack mounts, which is a better solution.

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macrophotofly [317 posts] 1 year ago
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Agreed, you will be fine. As above, one thing i did was apply a single layer of gaffer/gorilla tape to the post and top of the frame (where seat post enters) before attaching back to stop the carbon and paint getting waron off / scratched

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Stratman [129 posts] 1 year ago
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I've used an Alpkit seat pack on my Defy Carbon, and an Arkel tailrider on a radonneur rack (which attaches to the saddle rails).  Both were fine.

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wycombewheeler [1341 posts] 1 year ago
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I'd have no worries about apidura seat pack on carbon post, most of the weight will be taken by the saddle rails anyway, so as far as the post is concerned it'll be just like someone 5kg heavier is riding.

On the aero bars issue as long as the straps are ling enough should be ok.

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Big Jay [15 posts] 12 months ago
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Hey cheers for the feedback, used the saddle, bar & top tube set up and it was perfectly fine. Key is not to overload and spread evenly I guess but all good. Cheers