Folding bike bag

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by rich p, 6 Jul 2018.

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  1. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Following my recent folding bike build I have the need for a bag to transport it in planes. I used a full sized padded bike bag when I flew to Spain but now I'm home and have more time, I have ordered a custom made bag for future use.
    What I'd like, is to line the bag with a lightweight, flexible hard plastic (or somesuch), sheet that I can cut to size. I used hardboard as a stopgap this time but it isn't great and warps pretty quickly.
    As light a material as poss, with decent strength. Any ideas?

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  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Marine ply should do the job braced with 1/2 x1/2. Go as thin as poss with the ply to save weight.
     
  3. OP
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    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I've seen what I need in various commercial uses bit I don't know what it's made of or what outs called.
     
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    Corrugated plastic or correx sheet, I think
     
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  5. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    That's a good idea but the boards wouldn't be big enough. They are made from something called Correx. I used to use it for model aeroplanes. Its tough and light, made from polypropylene I think.
    I did a bit of research and found this where a guy made a velomobile from it;
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Facet-V1-Velomobile/
    The main problem is gluing it but he found a solution contained in the article. You can buy 8x4 sheets of Correx.
    Might be worth looking into further.
     
  6. OP
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    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Nice idea if only they were a bit more solid!
     
  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    You would need to brace it but how I don't know.

    May be possible to put carbon fibre rods down the channels
     
  8. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
    Use Polycarbonate sheet then, I replaced the window panes in the Summerhouse (they were Greenhouse glass originally) 6yrs later they're still fine and are very tough. I can get it cut to size locally but that's in Leicester, try a few POS/Shopfitting firms around you to source some.

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    these panes have stood a few 'whacks' from handlebar ends to em and cost about £30 for a dozen panes cut to size.
     
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  9. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    You’re not alone....
     
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