How do you carry things when you are commuting? Backpack. Panniers. Frame bag. Handlebar basket. Trailers. Sherpa?
For this first week of my new 20 mile round trip bike commute I used a pannier 100% of the time. One day I used my Chrome Niko camera bag in addition to the pannier, but a pannier was always used for the past week. Yesterday, I switched it up to my trusty Mission Workshop Vandal backpack as I was carrying a laptop and more expensive camera gear.
Granted, I was carrying some heavier gear (an extra 4 lbs for my laptop with charger) with my backpack but it changed many things riding up my 20 mile roundtrip commute. Some good and some bad, I won’t do too much talking on this until I do some more testing. For the month of September I plan on experimenting more on the backpack vs pannier debate. At the end of the day I believe it will depend on what you are carrying and for how far. Having a go to “setup” that I don’t have to think about too much will be ideal.
What do you prefer? Backpack, pannier, front basket or something else?
I mentioned over this weekend my goal of getting back in to commuting. To try commuting for the first time since my accident in October. That is a super long time to be off the commuting habit! This past Monday was Day 2 of the 30 days of biking, a great day to try bike commuting. What better day then today?
A 6 mile ride to Davidson, NC, then an hour long bus ride, and then the mile to work from the bus station. The mile through Charlotte was my worry, stupid ass drivers cutting me off and putting the fear of death in me. One commute in, work and then it was time to ride home. The ride home was going to be the kicker, this is the time I was hit. I had to ride THROUGH the intersection, I had to pass my skid mark. I made it through, freaking out the whole way.
There is so much for me to write to get the feelings and thoughts out but now isn’t the time and I’m not there yet. I commuted again today (Day 3 of 30days) and will be writing up the experience in the morning. There is still a good amount of mental milage to make up and I hope I’m strong enough to do it.
September 22nd is not only one of our children’s birthday, but it is also World Car Free Day. As normally I’ll be riding my bike to the bus stop both ways, but I encourage you all to chose your bike, public transportation or to simply walk to your destination if you can. Read more…
Originally posted at our sister site : CommuteByBike.com
My tri-modal commute to Charlotte has partially changed my perspective of commuting concerns. One of these concerns is clothing which I’ll be deep diving in the next few articles.
Photo Credit : Outlier
Business Attire and Dress Codes
Since I now work back in the marketing and advertising industry there is more of a dress code than what you find in the bike industry. There are days that one is able to wear khakis or even jeans, but on the days that there is a slight chance of a meeting or client call those clothes won’t cut it.
Dress clothes, especially nice ones, don’t wear well for riding a bike and sweating. They also don’t do well with being shoved into a messenger bag. While I’m looking into a better solution of carrying the business attire, laptop and paperwork I still haven’t found it.
Shopping for Bike Friendly Dress Codes
While my better half cringes when we go shopping, I’ve been shopping for styling clothes that are “bikeable.” If I was a guy, this would be easy but it seems like the idea of technical fabrics and womens dress codes are very rare.
Thankfully the mornings have been cooler so I can pull off the 2.5 mile bike ride from the bus to work by simply rolling up my pants legs and pedaling slowly not to sweat. This won’t always be the answer, especially when it’s raining! (Currently those days I walk.)
Bikeable Work Clothes
What do you use? What brands or fabrics wear well and still can allow you to walk into a board meeting?
The wheels and review are also based all around the Shimano Alfine groupset, as I’ve been interested in internally geared hubs (IGH) since trying the Civia Loring with SRAM i-Motion. Combine the IGH and a Dynamo front hub for a motion powered front light.
Over at CommuteByBike.com I posted an article this morning about the various ways to carry your smaller child on a bike. It is a good article to read for the basics of child bike seats, trailers and the Xtracycle. Many commentors have added their own ways of carrying children which I hope to touch on soon.
How do you ride with your smaller children? Do you commute with them to places like school or the library, by bike?
It is a known fact that as we age it is harder to keep the weight off. Not only are our own bodies changing and making it more difficult, but as well as limited time and more responsibilities. It was much easier in school, or a younger age to go for a run, make a healthy dinner or join a sports team.
Lee said women should not let the findings discourage them from exercising at all, but they may want to make small changes now to prevent later weight gain.
“I think the easiest thing is actually commuting,” she said, suggesting people walk or bike to work, and if they drive, to park farther away from the office.
If seven hours a week are just too hard to fit in, Lee said people might want to consider vigorous exercise such as jogging, which can cut the weekly time requirement in half.
Several years ago, I learned that choosing my bike for errands would help keep the extra pounds off. This habit also keeps me happier at work and my brain fresh. I’m not a member of the gym and save a decent amount of money in gas and auto expenses. Normally, this money is fed back to the cycling habit but its a healthy habit I plan on keeping for another 10 years.
A walk through building a bicycle up from the boxed form. This is how most bikes show up to a bike shop, except for those boutique, build from scratch variety. We skim through some sections in order to get you through the whole unboxing, which normally takes 45 minutes to an hour.