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post #1 of 10 Old 11-15-2012, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Where to store winter gear

This is kind of an odd question but here goes.

Im a junior undergrad at UCLA and I ride my Wee back and forth between school. The temperature varies from about low 30's to high 70's at the moment at different points throughout my day so I have to switch back and forth between my winter gear and less warm stuff. When I'm warm-ish I usually just ride in jeans and a sweater (I know, I know), and when its really cold I wear built overpants, an alpine stars jacket, and tourmaster cold-tex gloves. All this I store in my top box when I'm not using it but it leaves me with no storage space for anything else.

Apart from panniers, anyone know of any other viable storage options for winter gear? Bags that lock onto rear seat, etc. I really have no idea what type of stuff (if any) is out there....someone probably has come up with a solution to this rather lazy problem lol. Just want some thoughts and opinions.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-15-2012, 08:14 PM
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I sometimes have a similar problem (though I am in the process of building some panniers as a permanent solution).

In the meatime, when I need all of my topbox for storage I sometimes use a small cable lock fed through the sleeve of my jacket and lock it to the pillion grab rails. The particular cable lock I use is a combination lock designed for use with luggage and is very lightweight (I keep in the pocket of my jacket at all times) as I own a cheap crappy jacket. The only way anyone can steal my jacket in this scenario is to either cut the cable or cut the entire length of the sleeve. I guess it would be simple to rig up a rain proof bag if need be.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-15-2012, 09:41 PM
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I have three E45 luggages and have more than enough room to store a FF helmet, Darien jacket, AD-1 pants, gloves, and chest/back protector. More than enough space while off the bike an gear stowed: my top case and one side luggage each still have about 1/2 the free space. Unfortunately, because of the bulk, the chest/back protector won't fit in with my helmet; otherwise, I would be able to get away with 2 Givi luggages.

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-15-2012, 10:19 PM
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consider buying gear with a liner. since you should always wear some upper body protection, a jacket with a zip-out line will help. gloves take almost no space, and should also be worn all the time, but obviously not necessarily cold weather gloves. pants? maybe a set of thermals which you can store without taking up too much space.

aside from that, there are tailbags that come with bungee cords you can use to strap across the pax seat. but then, you have to carry the bag when not on the bike.

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-16-2012, 08:56 AM
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Don't schools still have lockers?

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-16-2012, 09:33 AM
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How about a light duffel bag that you can fold into the top box when you're wearing the gear, or strap in on in front of the box when you are riding without the gear?

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-16-2012, 09:46 AM
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Get electrics. That way you can use your "light" riding gear, adding electric stuff to keep you warm when the temps drop. I have both heated grips and an electric vest. Neither is overly expensive on a college student budget, and an electric vest doesn't take up much space in your trunk.

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I was looking at these as a quick way to stash riding rear for my wife and I instead of the hassle of all the threading. You stuff everything into the mesh bag and lock the thing closed and to something solid.

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-17-2012, 03:01 PM
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I am up there on the lazy side, but I have a riding suit. I zippered in the insulated liner for the season, but in your scenario I would just wear clothes underneath as needed. The hardest part is actually remembering to wear clothes, if you have to take the suit off at your destination
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Originally Posted by fredellarby View Post
Pacsafe Anti-Theft Bags & Travel Security Products | products

I was looking at these as a quick way to stash riding rear for my wife and I instead of the hassle of all the threading. You stuff everything into the mesh bag and lock the thing closed and to something solid.
I have seen things similar to this a few times before. Never tired them but they seem to lock up everything nice and good. You can find them around on the internet.

Also see this thread:
Its basically what Strange Dog is describing. I have done it myself for short periods but don't know if I would feel too comfortable leaving it out in the open all day. Sure someone would have to cut the entire jacket making it useless, but I know there are people out there that would mess with it just because they can. I guess it depends on where you park, how expensive the jacket is and how chilled you are.
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