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    Biking with Hasselblad

    I want to make a bike trip to Norway. The region I want to go to is one way at least 1000 km from here. And I want to take my 500MC with Distagon and Sonnar and my SWC with me. I have padded my saddle bags with 3 cm thick sponge rubber. Will my equipment survive the transport? Who is experienced in biking with camera stuff?

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    I can't say for sure but I think your sponge padding in a saddlebag is more than the cameras would have originally enjoyed whilst beinmg shipped, flown and trucked around the world to dealers.


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    In five months I rode over 2000 miles with a 4x5. This include a lot of gravel roads and some high speed descents over washboard roads -- and one over-the-handlebars crash. No extra padding for the camera gear other than the usual for carrying it around. No problems. I still use the equipment 22 years later.

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    When I bicycled through France many years ago, I had my Olympus OM-1 in my handlebar bag for easy access. I later found that heat buildup had altered the colors on the film. So my recommendation is that you pay particular attention to keeping your film cool. Not much shade on a bicycle.

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    I'd recommend a large day pack for the cameras to be worn on your body. The vibration of a bicycle can do a considerable amount of damage to a 35 mm or medium format camera. Pack other stuff on the bike, but use your body to isolate the bike's movement from the camera gear.
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    A friend of mine carries a hassy in his saddle bag every mile he puts on the hog.

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    Another thing to think about...if (when) you crash, would you rather have a hard object in a pack on your back when you land, or have that hard object in a pannier. And where would it best for the camera to be in that situation?

    The two times I have crashed, I have rolled and have been able to reduce the damage to my body -- I don't think I would have done as well with a pack on with a camera body in it.

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    I have no advice to offer but a request:
    Please do keep us informed of your undertaking as I too have a bicycle and cameras (including the aforementioned Hasselblad) that I want desperately to combine together in a comfortable way. And I am not the only one as I also know two brothers, photographers-cyclists, preparing for some serious touring.
    The camera bags I have are not perfect for the bicycle (either on one's back or on a rack) and my experiments in combining the protective material of a camera bag with a regular backpack have been awkward and non practical at best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    In five months I rode over 2000 miles with a 4x5. This include a lot of gravel roads and some high speed descents over washboard roads -- and one over-the-handlebars crash. No extra padding for the camera gear other than the usual for carrying it around. No problems. I still use the equipment 22 years later.

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    That's really not a fair assessment. A 4x5 camera is essentially a box with few moving parts, none of which are particularly small or delicate. Aside from a cracked ground glass, anything that gets loose or out of alignment can be usually be set straight with a screwdriver and a couple of wrenches. A Hasselblad is a different animal with lots of very small and very precisely made and fitted parts. I'm not saying that it is a particularly delicate instrument. These things are known to take some abuse and keep going. But they do require regular servicing that is often beyond the capabilities of the average camera user. A 4x5 camera can be serviced by a smart chimp.
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    There is a mirror cover/stabilizer for my rb, which you can put on for shipping. I guess a similar implement must be available for a hassie. That might be helpful.
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