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Has anyone built something to carry an umbrella on an old steel frame? I'll be interested to see some pics of how you do it. I'm talking about full size English brolly attaching to the top tube or something similar during rainy days.
 

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Are you serious? Are you talking about a big ol' umbrella to keep you dry while riding? It will be a sail and be top heavy and just plain wierd won't it? And I don't think it will keep you very dry at speeds over a couple MPH. How about some good rain gear instead? I might be misunderstanding you and if so I am sorry.
 

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correct. I use a good old Smith umbrella 26" size.

It's long but very slender when placed in its cover. I'm thinking of attaching it to the side of the top tube using velcros for easy disengagement. There has to be someone out there experimenting with an easier method of carrying a brolly while riding. Trench coats will keep you dry getting from A to B, but it won't keep you dry getting from parking outside B to office located in B.

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maybe he means just transporting it from point A to B on the bike, rather than strapping it on his back ninja-style.
 

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You might want to try these for a quick-release option, or these if you don't want to risk velcro hooking your trousers.

I suppose you could construct some vertical holster behind you if you have a rear rack, but if mounting and dismounting your commuter involves swinging a leg over the saddle, that's going to be a bit awkward.

Or, you could convince the fine folks at company B that bringing your drippy bike inside is a smashing idea.

If it were me, I would master riding one-handed and joust with it ;)
 

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If just carrying from point a to point b, I'd settle for a more compact style brolly, the type that telescope. Then velcro tie it my rear rack. If stuck with a full size one, I would consider attaching a piece of plastic pipe to the vertical stays of my rear rack, prehaps with a slight rearward cant, then insert the umbrella into the pipe.
 

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some sort of long round (plastic) tube, velcroed or clamped to a tube of the frame in an spot that doesn't interfere with anything... bam, umbrella holder
 

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andulong said:
Are you serious? Are you talking about a big ol' umbrella to keep you dry while riding? It will be a sail and be top heavy and just plain wierd won't it? And I don't think it will keep you very dry at speeds over a couple MPH. How about some good rain gear instead? I might be misunderstanding you and if so I am sorry.
Not so unusual (both shots from trip to China last year) ...
 

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But it does not look like it is raining in the photos, maybe for the sun? And if it is raining, she aint staying dry!
was raining lightly as I recall. She was riding quite slowly, but I remember thinking the same thing - how is that supposed to work? There were others as well, but I couldn't get any pix (and that one is rather out of focus, unfortunately).
 
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