I frequently haul around camera equipment on my bike. It can be a little nerve-wracking, but I’ve been lucky enough to not have any major mishaps (knock on wood).
My main DSLR kit includes 2 camera bodies, 4 lenses, and various accessories. Depending upon what I’m doing, I’ll either grab my main body and a lens or two to bring along in a smaller Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home shoulder bag, or I’ll take the entire kit in a Tamrac 5374 backpack. The Crumpler is convenient for quick lens changes on the go, but the Tamrac has more capacity and is much better for carrying around off of the bike. If I’m traveling ultra-light and shooting on the go, I’ll actually carry the camera and lens on my back with the strap slung messenger style. I’m not recommending you do this, but it works pretty well for me when I’m shooting on the move.
My preferred bike for carrying my full kit is the Civia Loring shown above. The front rack is the perfect size for swallowing up a good sized camera bag. With its double-legged centerstand, self-centering front fork, and flatbed rack, the Loring makes a great working platform for changing lenses, fussing with lighting accessories, and even reviewing shots on a laptop. It’s my portable photography studio and workstation.
I don’t carry any of this stuff on my daily commute. For that, I carry a compact camera (Canon G10) in a little Crumpler 1 Million Dollar Home slung over my shoulder messenger style. That camera is with me anytime I’m on the bike but not specifically out to shoot photos for an article. Most of the early morning and late evening shots you see on the blog were captured with the little camera. Because I often use the G10 in low light with long exposures, I use my camera bag, gloves, a shoe, a nearby stump, or whatever, as a tripod to hold the camera steady. Sometimes low-tech gets the job done!