got reflectors mounted on the buckets; and took pics of them today after a few days of riding with the buckets mounted…. and then today. A driver hit my right side bucket as she was accelerating from the parking lot, into the sun’s direction….so she never saw me; and as she was not wearing sunglasses; could not see well enough against the glare of the sun and her eyeglasses. she gave me her number to call to make sure I get the replacement parts; which entails; a new plano bucket, a set of MALICE clips, and very possibly a replacement rack.
rear reflectors and bungee cord
front corner reflectors
USGI NVG bag; up front; as a low-rider pannier
wham bam no thanks; bent rack leg; MALICE clip
detail of MALICE clip; tore right off the screws.
shattered front corner
torn MALICE clip
I am just thankful it was not worse, it could have been my leg that got hit, it could have been in such a way that I got flipped onto the hood of the ramming car; and I am thankful that the bucket was in the way of the impact, rather than me.
SO. I finally got the rear 7 speed wheel on and new tires installed on the bicycle, adjusted brakes and derailleurs, and put a bracket on the front rack; and installed the bag set I want to use, along with my camping gear compression sack; it is basically ready for either commuting or camping!
the bracket I fabricated out of a strut
the bike set up for now; Paratrooper commuter bag up front, with First aid kit pouches for general purpose usage
the rear view of the bike; stuffed compression sack, woodland sustainment pouches, 1 qt canteen/utility pouches and general purpose pouch for tools
the USGI 9 strap compression sack, attached to the seat with two straps, and resting on the rack, 12 pounds total for the bag itself, have A-frame tent, tarp, poles, sleeping bag, and sleep roll.
the MOLLE Utility pouch,it has my tools and spare tubes in it, also carries a rag and washcloth and cable lock.
OK post gun show report; sold a few things on Sunday, after having zero sales on Saturday; and got a few contacts for custom gear. I am now in the progress of building up a bicycle with military gear and bags, so far I am using surplus gear, but I am having some ideas for custom gear tailored to cyclists and bike-packers that is compatible with current military equipment! I also have 8 Woodland pouches for sale; and am making DCU pouches this week!
here is the bike as it sits now
the panniers are MOLLE Sustainment Pouches; here’s how they are attached;
another shot of the rack and pannier with cargo straps
the heavier duty “camping rig”, with seat and without seat (earlier photos)
handlebar rig; a 3 day pack with 2x 2 quart on front and 2 Medic pockets and a 1 1-qt canteen in middle on back
I’m not sure if I like the green bags orientation, I might flip it around for ease of removing items from the bag… or cut the two smaller pouches on the side to make room for webbing to attach pouches or bags for lashing…