How to Carry a Guitar on a Bike
Trailer vs. Cargo Bike
When I first had the idea of doing my East Coast tour on bicycle, I looked into bike trailers. I couldn’t imagine any way to fit my guitar and amplifier onto the back of a bike without towing something behind. (not to mention my box of CDs, t-shirts, posters, tent, food, clothing, sleeping bag, stove, etc!)
But towing a trailer would have felt bulky… two wheels of extra friction on the road? And where would I leave the trailer when I wanted to ride around without all of my stuff?
The answer that I settled on: Xtracycle.
Carrying a Guitar on a Bike
So my plan was to ride my bike from Richmond, VA to Boston, MA and play shows in every city on the way. This would be easy if I were simply a wandering minstrel, but I am a professional musician. I booked this tour months and months in advance. I was selling CDs and T-shirts, had banners and posters, kept up with my facebook and twitter followers and released a regular vlog of my travels.
I needed not just my guitar, but an amplifier, a looping pedal, a big box of CDs, t-shirts, postcards and posters, a banner, a digital video camera, my laptop… not to mention all of the stuff I needed to survive on the road.
Check out the video below to see how I managed to fit all of that stuff onto a bicycle for my ride to Boston.
How I Fit My Amplifier, CDs, T-shirts, and Guitar On A Bicycle
Successful Music Tour on a Bike
In the end, I made it to Boston. I didn’t miss a single show (and I even booked a few more along the way!). And I had surprisingly little trouble carrying my guitar and all my gear on the bike.
And – perhaps best of all – I had a lot of fun. I got into shape. I saw and interacted with a whole lot of people and places that I wouldn’t have if I was driving or taking the train. And I loved every minute of it. Here’s more about why I decided to bike this one:
- See my celebration upon arriving in Boston here
- Check out this video from my show in Brooklyn
- My review of the bike I rode to Boston
- Get more info about this bike and other great practical biking solutions from Cycle 9