Well, Julian, thanks for not ignoring me!
And, you know, this dang thread was your dang idea, and nobody has ignored you for starting it!
And, thanks for the confirmation on the break pads -- I'll call the shop and try to set something up!
What do you guys think of Martin's idea of bungee-cording the tripod/monopod to the frame? It seems like it could "lighten the load" on that backpack considerably!
I wouldn't recommend using bungee cords to mount your tripod on the frame. That's an accident waiting to happen. One bad move and your tripod could get stuck in the wheels causing you to flip over or even worse. So, if you want to lighten the load with the back pack, I would suggest a small rear back rack. You can use bungees here and put the tripod on top of the bag and you'll never have to carry anything on your back.