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Tube Storage Unit for trike

I commute on my trike about 355 days a year (all days except when snow is plowed onto the shoulder of the road), and I need to pick up mail, and have sufficient storage to carry my cold weather gear home, on days when I don’t wear it on the ride home.  I had a rack, and panniers, and they worked fine, but I wanted something lighter and that didn’t make the Speed look like a utility truck.  I got the $14 Nashbars triangular frame bags at Bruce’s suggestion, and they are great for summer commuting.  I still needed a little more storage for winter use.

I saw all the room under the seat and thought I could use a PVC pipe to use that space.  But I found a Pickett blueprint carrier which is very light, and with its screw top lid is totally waterproof.

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It can carry my rain pants (in stuff sack), my rain coat, gloves, and head covering.  They also have extension sections, so I can add another section for longer loads.  it would also be perfect for carring lunch, as long as its a round lunch, like bagels, hot dogs, donuts, etc.  This tube setup seems light and aerodynamic, and is working well.

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A stuff sack in the tube.  It holds about 3 stuff sacks like this.

A stuff sack in the tube. It holds about 3 stuff sacks like this.

5 comments to Tube Storage Unit for trike

  • Hello Bob… fabulous idea with your map tube here. Can you remember where you got that tube? I have seen them but can’t seem to track down where they can be purchased. Thanks for sharing a really ingenious idea!

  • Rob: That tube is a blueprint tube, and I got it at a store that sells blueprint related supplies. It is made by the Pickett company. It was $15, and they have extensions to make if a bit longer. I hope you can find one. Bob

  • That’s really clever. I’ve always liked recumbent tadpoles (single wheel in back, not in front). This is a really handy way to carry things around.

  • Doug

    I just got my first Catrike Expedition the same color as yours. Great idea. I am looking for any suggestions that will make my tadpole trike easy to take long trips.

  • Alonzo L Savage

    Doug, the best thing you could do is to read Steve Greene’s books. They make loads of suggestions that he’s actually used. If you plan to use a rear rack and panniers buy the best you can afford. Also look on Trike Asylum at my solution to fixing drybags on the outside of your rack. I’ve used them and they work fine. Bob’s blueprint tube is a really cool idea too.

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