I’m often known for riding my big front-loading Bilenky cargo bike to photoshoots. However, if I find that getting to a shoot requires a lot of bus and train transfers or if I just want to go incognito, I’ve found the Dahon Speed TR and an Ortlieb Shuttle Bike to be a great combination!
For would-be bicycling photographers, or anyone that has to carry equipment in a waterproof semi-hard case, this is the way to do it.
The Ortlieb Shuttle Bike is a great waterproof case that has a special mounting mechanism that attaches to your rear rack.
The Shuttle Bike is just the right size to fit my LowePro backpack that contains my camera and strobes on one side of the clam shell design, and a small softbox and folded matt board I use for a reflector on the other.
Now, on a “regular” size bike (700c or 26inch), the weight may make the bike feel a little top heavy. However, on a folding bike, it’s just right. The smaller wheels lower the overall center of gravity so the bike doesn’t feel as top-heavy. It’s noticeable when out of the saddle, but if you sit and spin the handling isn’t affected too adversely.
When I’m using this Dahon Speed TR and Ortlieb Shuttle Bike setup, I usually carry my lightstands and umbrellas off of my Brooks saddles (probably not what they were originally intended for) with a pair of toe straps. It works surprisingly well.
And since my Shuttle Bike is usually pretty full, I have to mount my BikeBurrito with tools to the rack (note flexible mounting system :).
As you can see, with a little ingenuity and the right pairing of gear, you can do quite a bit with a bicycle…even carry a portable studio! Below are some snaps I’ve done with this simple setup.