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Commuting advice required

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Chiefwiggum, 13 May 2008.

  1. Chiefwiggum

    Chiefwiggum New Member

    Location:
    Walton on Thames
    I am considering comuting by bike to either Chiswick (8 miles-ish)or Park Royal (13 miles-ish) from Walton on Thames by bike. I have a choice of 'steeds' either my best SCR 2, Clipless, no rack or my hack mountain bike, with rack and panniers. What mods should I consider to the bike I choose?
    What is the collective wisdom of cycling with a backpack?, I always thought it was best to avoid if poss. I intend to aim for cycling twice a week initially. Any other advice gratefully received.
     
  2. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Depends on how much you want / have to carry. Personally in the nicer weather I would ride the SCR with a back pack and save the MTB for winter / rainy commutes.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    A backpack as opposed to panniers will make your bike more manouvreable and feel lighter. But you'll get a sweaty back.
     
  4. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Nothings fixed?

    You've got the bikes, why not try a couple of days on both and see what you think...
     
  5. bryce

    bryce Senior Member

    Location:
    London, SW10
    for bags why not try a messenger bag (I got mine from timbuk2.com). It doesn't give you a sweaty back + has some reflective strips that may/ may not help me to be seen. Packs a shirt in and all the essentials easily.
     
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Alternate. Carry stuff in on your MTB in the panniers on the shitty days and that will leave you free to cycle in on your best bike on the nicer days unencumbered with anything that wont fit into your jersey pockets.

    Some people seem to get on okay with rucksacks but personally I find them hellish. Temperature levels will rocket and you will get sweaty and sore, but worse is the horrible feeling of being restricted in your breathing and movement, even with the best rucksacks like Dieter Bike range which I use when I absolutely have to.
     
  7. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    Could you fit a saddle bag to your SCR?

    Alternatively you could get one of those racks that attach to your seatpost, assuming it's not carbon. They're quick release, so you can take it off when you're not commuting. You could either attach a rack bag or a pannier to it.

    Much nicer than wearing a ruckrack, IMHO.
     
  8. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Yeah, Carradice.
    Stick a SQR on a SCR
     
  9. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London

    +1
     
  10. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    How much do you have to carry? I was surprised when I found how much I can actually get in the rear pockets of a jersey, and it beats (in my view) carrying a sack.
     
  11. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    SQR works with carbon posts - I've had no problems for years.
     
  12. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    After trying various options (rucksack, panniers, saddlebag etc) I ended up just bungee strapping an umbro shoe bag to the rack. Carries the toolkit, snap and has more room to spare.
     
  13. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London

    It might do with lighter loads, but ISTR it's not recommended by Carradice and it's probably not very clever really.
     
  14. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    So why is it "not very clever"?

    No such recommendation has been circulated by Carradice (unless you can prove otherwise)! Talk to the people at Carradice, if you don't believe me...

    I've had 8kgs no problem. With rubber shims/tape the post does not get marked either.
     
  15. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Bit provocative there Mikey no? :rolleyes: