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u/wiggee · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I use the DXP for my groceries every week, and have for years. The biggest issue is that when putting stuff into the panniers, you may have to take stuff out of the shopping bags and let them be loose in the panniers to get optimal fill. I'm not sure if I've put 20 pounds in each bag, but I've definitely carried 20+ between the bags. I've carried two twelve-packs in each pannier several times, and the weight was a non-issue.

But I also wanted to be able to carry more groceries, so I ordered those exact bags from Bike Bling. Sadly, they sold out and but were super-friendly and gave me a free upgrade to the Soma Fillmores, which are practically identical. They work great with reusable grocery bags for carrying stuff, and with my Tourist rack, I can use my trunkbag AND two grocery panniers! The main compartment of the DXP is insulated, so I try to put my cold stuff in there, and it's never been an issue. However, you will need one of the Tourist racks that has the second set of rails for panniers to use at the same time as any of the Topeak trunkbags, so be aware of that.

I also have the TrolleyTote that /u/tepidviolet recommended. It definitely holds more than the main compartment of the DXP, but it puts the weight up higher, so the bike feels wobbly if you're getting 20+ pounds of stuff. I love it, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for your solution. But the nice part about Topeak's MTX system is you can swap all the different parts out! I even have an old Office Bag that I can put on if needed, but I think it's discontinued.

So, if you want my recommendation to get the best bang for your buck: start with one of the various Topeak Super Tourist racks for your bike and get the MTX Trunkbag DXP. I use this bag daily for commute, groceries, errands, etc. It holds a good amount of stuff, and you can pack up/unload the pannier sides as needed. With the Super Tourist rack, you'll have the ability to add on or swap panniers as needed while keeping your DXP, to increase or specialize your load.

u/hiddenjumprope · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I was terrified too OP, I actually made a post myself not to long ago. I'm really happy I went through with it, the fear never goes away but it does get better. So far I've not had any accidents nor gotten hit. Like everyone says, make sure you're visible and you are predictable. Know the hand turn signals, get a reflective yellow vest and wear it every time you ride, same with lights. Consider a review mirror that attaches to your helmet or glasses. I was skeptical at first, but it is really helpful and does help a bit with anxiety. Make sure to still look over your shoulder though.

It might be good to start out small too, ride some bike paths if you have any near you (and if you can take them to where you need to go, do so. I find them better myself, I'm lucky that most of my commute to school is on a bike path. Wish my work commute was the same way).

Good luck and have fun! It's been a lifechanger for me, I'm feeling better, getting fitter, and I think I might be loosing weight even. And it's a lot of fun.

u/Tekolote · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I spent some time in google maps and and street view. For your Route Would going down Glenoaks Blvd to Sonora Ave then down Riverside Ave work for you? it ends up being 4.8 miles but with that route it's a bike lane until Riverside Dr and Bob Hope to your destination, so almost the whole trip would be by bike lane If you're comfortable walking you could walk the bike on the sidewalk for the last section of it and cool off. so you aren't riding "in traffic" until you're more comfortable with it.

For a pannier rack without a rack mount you can try something that attaches to your seat post if the load won't be too heavy like this as long as it has something going down on the sides to keep panniers swinging into your back wheel as you ride. I've never used one like this so I don't have any first had advice on how well it keeps the bags from swinging into the rear wheel

Or you can try something like this the bottom mounting holes go where your rear wheel axles are, the quick release skewer goes through the rack mounting holes and through the wheel. The silver looking tongue in the front goes between the rear brakes and the frame using the bolt for the brake calipers to hold it in place. It'll keep the bags stable, hold more weight than a seat post rack, and sit a little further back so your heels don't hit the panniers. I have this rack on an old road bike I use for my commute to work and I love it


Hope you have a great time with your commute and stay safe

u/rhapsodyindrew · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Yes, but good luck with that - this bike doesn't even have eyelets at the dropouts or a drilled brake bridge, much less proper mounting points on the seatstays. Where there's a will, there's a way, but your best bet will probably be something mounted to the seat post (like this), which is only a decent solution.

If you haven't yet bought this bike, I might recommend you choose a different one better-suited to mount a rack, and maybe with multiple gears, which I know are super uncool, but which are also super useful when you need to get a heavy load up a steep hill. If you've already bought it, I'm sure you'll be able to make it work well for you.

u/mplsbikewrath · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

I second this - I ride with two Stealth 2s and they're great.

I highly recommend a helmet mount (vs. a bar mount) for your front-facing camera. You're much more likely to capture whatever shit's going on that way; a bar mount has a smoother picture but will miss anything happening to the side of your bicycle. One of the nice features of the Stealth 2 is that the camera lens rotates, so if you have to mount on your helmet at a funny angle you can turn the lens to compensate and still have a horizontal video.

For the rear mount, I used the sawed-off center beam of a seatpost-mounted back rack. There are cheaper seatpost-mounted back racks, but this particular model has a flat top, which makes it work well with the adhesive mount. I cut off everything but three-four inches from the beam, slapped the adhesive mount that comes with the Stealth 2 on there, and it's been going great even through weather for several months now.

If you have to choose between front and back for now, I'd definitely recommend investing in the front first.

Here's what they look like in daylight.

Here's what they look like during urban nighttime.

Here's what it looks like in rain.

Edit: It's notable that because the Stealth 2 uses a slide-in-slide-out mounting system, your mount-to-camera connection will loosen slightly over time from the friction of mounting and unmounting, which will cause vibration in the video after a while. I found that you can shim the inside of the mount with a strip of electrical tape, which tightens everything up nicely.

u/laflavor · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I'm riding this: (Giant Defy 3)

I was lucky enough to get it on clearance, but it was in your price range and has all the mounts for a rack. Taking the rack and U-lock off makes it a pretty nice weekend warrior for longer rides, too.

I'm not using them, but I've heard nothing but good things about Ortliebs. If I ever have to buy new panniers, that's what I'll go with.

I use a Night Rider Lumina Micro 250 for my front light. It works fine, I just have to make sure I charge it. This is the tail light that I use. I can't confirm that either is the "best" but both work fine for my 7 mile morning commutes.

Other things that you might want to look into:

  • A good U-lock, depending on what the situation is at work and whether or not you'll use the bike for anything else. Don't depend on a cheap cable lock, trust me.
  • A cycle computer. I use a pretty cheap wired one, mostly so I can keep track of the time, but I like to try to keep my speed up, too.
  • A seat bag for your spare tube, CO2, patches, tire levers, spoke wrench, and multi-tool. If you need extra storage space you can add one of these.
  • Mini Pump (Yes, I keep CO2 and a pump on my bike)
  • Water bottle cage and water bottle. (Depending on the length of your commute. I live in Phoenix, so this is pretty vital.)
  • You might also want something waterproof for your phone. Where I live this isn't vital, but in some places it would be.

    I think that's all I use.
u/hidperf · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

The bike started life as a 2012 Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro, which came with some good components already. SRAM Rival partial group,
FSA crankset, and Mavic Aksium Race wheels. I've had good luck with this bike and it's got almost 2k miles on it, so I kept most of it, but not all.

Once I decided to make it my commuter bike, I started adding things.

For lights I picked up the Cygolite Hot shot rear light and use one of my MTB lights if needed for the front, a
Chinese knock-off CREE XM-L2 front light

For tires I went with the Panaracer RiBMo 700x32c based on feedback from users on here.

You can't go wrong with a Tubus Logo Evo Rear Rack and Ortlieb Back Roller Classics.

I wanted some extra gearing for those climbs along the way, so I went with the SRAM FORCE Rear Derailleur so I could run a SRAM PG-1050 11-32 Cassette.

Of course, I needed a new KMC X10SL chain for the new gear combo.

I picked up a new road bike and pulled the Ritchey Pro Streem Saddle and Ritchey Pro Biomax bars off of that bike and used them on my commuter, along with some new Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm bar tape and some Soma Road Flares for added visibility.

For a little less weight and possible shock absorbtion, I threw in a Chinese knock off carbon seat post.

I also wanted something besides my regular riding shoes, so I opted for the Shimano Click'R PD-T700 pedals and
Shimano SH-CT40 Cycling Shoes
, which I love and highly recommend.

I also needed to adjust the fit so I picked up a Kalloy Uno 6 90mm stem because I've had great luck with them on other bikes.

And for added safety, I picked up two rolls of 3M Scotchcal Reflective Striping Tape in white and black, and added white stripes to the white frame and black stripes to the rims and the back of my helmet.

u/Smaskifa · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Disc racks can work on non-disc brake wheels. I use a Blackburn EX-1 Disc Rack on my bike. My bike does not have the eyelets by the wheel hub for pannier racks, but strangely it does have the eyelets on the seat stay for them. I found this rack works very well on my bike.

For USB rechargeable lights, I use a Cygolite Metro 500 and a Cygolite Hotshot. Both lights are easily removable so you can take them with you when you leave your bike locked up. There are cheaper versions of the Cygolite Metro which are also quite good (300, 360, 400), but not quite as bright. The Metro 300 is probably enough light for most people, and is what I used first. The only reason I switched is because my girlfriend's bike needed a better headlight, so I used that as an excuse to upgrade mine and give her my old one. Currently the 360 is cheaper than the 300 on Amazon, and is brighter. So there's no reason to get the 300 right now.

For multi tool, I like the Topeak Hexus II. Someone else on Reddit recommended it to me months ago and I'm quite satisfied.

For a full time commuter, I recommend some puncture resistant tires. I use Continental Gatorskins with Mr Tuffy liners inside them. Haven't had a single flat in several months now. Having a flat on your way to work would really suck, especially in crappy winter weather.

I use Ortlieb Front Rollers on my rear rack, as I was worried the Back Rollers would be large enough to cause heel strike. The Front Rollers are very nice. I love how easy they are to put on and take off, plus they're quite rugged and keep everything dry. The Front Rollers are just barely large enough for a 15" laptop, though I can't roll the top down well with it in there.

u/mighty_boogs · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

It's an Origin 8 rack. It's alloy, so it's pretty light for the size of the platform. It's supposed to mount on a solid axle, but I figured out that chainring bolts fit inside the mounting holes perfectly, and the inner diameter of some allow an m5 bolt to fit perfectly. Works great this way.

u/daniel_ismyrealname · 5 pointsr/bikecommuting

Pick up one of these brackets: Taillight Bracket

Then get any compatible light, such as: PDW Danger Zone or Nightrider Solas

The PDW Danger Zone is a better light, and cheaper, but the Nightrider is USB rechargeable. The PDW is better, because you can easily pair it with rechargeable AAA batteries. This allows you to replace the batteries as they wear out, toss a non-rechargeable battery in in a pinch. When used a couple hours a day, decent rechargeable batteries last over a full week. IMO rechargeable AAA > USB rechargeable.

Or, if you find a light you like with the standard CatEye-style rear light mount, there's this bracket that fits those: CatEye Rack Bracket CatEye mounts are square with small indents on the back, like this: CatEye Light (best picture I could find).

That said, depending on where you live, I'd really recommend looking into a dyno hub and dyno lighting. Lithium batteries really work poorly in the cold, and NiMH work only marginally better. With long, cold days coming, not relying on batteries is really nice. At the least, I'd recommend against lithium batteries if you live somewhere cold. Rechargeable NiMH aren't really that much bother, especially if you buy extras and have them in a charge-rotation...always fresh batteries.

u/drboyfriend · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Yeah sorry I forgot about your no brazon / p-clamp requirement.

They have a lot of options. I chose the Explorer rack which was much lighter than my other two rear racks.

I am considering buying one of their Beamracks for my road bike without the side frame add-on so I can use my bag for weekend rides as well.

Some other things I considered were not as functional, were more expensive, but looked much better. They don't exactly match your requirements, but maybe they'll give you some ideas.

u/pekeqpeke · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I recently bought a Giant Escape 2 for commuting from Arlington to Downtown DC and it works great, I got the bike and lock for less than $500. If you want to look at bikes, Papillion Bicycles is the local Giant dealer and Spokes etc. is one of the local Trek and Specialized dealers. You can go and ride the bikes and see what you like, but at that price point almost all the hybrid bikes are the same.

After that I got a Topeak rear rack with this Trunk Bag and it works great, fits my computer, clothes and even lunch. It has side panniers that fold out. I would recommend that you get some cygolite front and rear lights from amazon as well.

If you're serious about commuting, something along these lines is your best bet.

[Here is my setup] (

Edit: Word

u/ratchetassjimmy · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Panniers are by far the best option, but if you're short on cash you can do what myself and others have done: I had the planet bike eco rack with a milk crate zip tied to it and liked it. Just changed it to the origin8 classique front rack w/milk crate and LOVE it. Good luck.

u/jnish · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting
  • Try a dry run on the weekend
  • Go in early in the morning, leave early in the afternoon, if your schedule allows
  • What is your route like? Is there a shoulder? If it is wide enough, you could ride in it so long as it is clear of debris, but traffic may pass closer. Is the road 4 lanes? If so, this allows drivers to pass without changing lanes into oncoming traffic.
  • Are the lanes really wide? If the lanes are wide enough that you feel comfortable with traffic passing you without changing lanes, then you can ride to the right. If not, then position yourself in the middle or left of the lane to encourage drivers to change lanes to pass. See this for more explanation: (note the chart near the bottom that shows the further right you ride, the less room cars give).
  • Light up! Get both front and rear lights and use them even during the day. I really like this rear light and have been complimented on it.
u/BNNNNNNNNNNN · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

My Helmet
I also wear it to mountain bike, but its nice and light and breathes well; also it has an awesome price.

Panniers which are way better than having to wear a backpack when you ride around.

There are links on the side as well that have reccomendations.

u/TerribleThomas10 · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I know zero about riding in the snow but will say that in general you can commute on any bike and its best to just start riding. The knobby tires certainly shouldn't hurt in the snow.

Rear racks are a bit tricky for mountain bikes and there are not a whole lot of good options. One option is the style that mounts on the seat post (see link below). In my opinion they are heavy, kind of clunky and I have never seen one that isn't loose and flopping around, however, some folks seem to like them. Depending on what you want to carry you may want to look into a frame bag or a seat bag.

u/jameane · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I find that they are always giving these away at bike events. I have gotten tons of free ones. Go to the urban cycling class - not only is there helpful info, they tend to give these away for free.

I always give mine away.

I am also a fan of spoke reflectors like these.

Easy to install and nearly invisible in the day time.

u/cyclefreaksix · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Great commuter bike! Switching out to more road-ish tires would be something that I would do but waiting until those knobbies start to show wear is fine.

Lights are a must. I run a flashing front and rear even when it's still light out. I'm also a big fan of reflective tape. In particular, I use this on all of my bikes:

Lightweights Power Reflectors for Wheels (86-Piece)

Congrats and have fun!

u/tam_n · 5 pointsr/bikecommuting

If your Revenio 1.0 is anything like my Capri 1.0, you may want to try looking into a rack like the Axiom Streamliner Road DLX since it puts the rack a bit farther back and gives you another 4cm of clearance. As /u/ChariotOfFire mentioned, the chainstay looks pretty short and my Raleigh has a very small chainstay as well.

As for bags, I've got some Arkel Cargo panniers. I went to the nearest LBS and they were the cheapest option (the LBS is tiny, so limited stock) and only recently found out that they're intended for front racks. :p Oops. They work well enough though, hah.

Good luck!

u/snukb · 5 pointsr/bikecommuting

I agree with all this, and in addition I would recommend just getting some cheap sports clothing from your local department store. No need to spend all that money on specialty bike clothes if your commute is only 7 miles. A general sports tee (in the US, my local Target has some sports tees in high-vis orange and yellow for $8) and some sports shorts. Make sure they're made from wicking material or you'll be miserable in the warmer months. For such a short commute though, padded cycle shorts are not necessary. My cycle commute is about 8.5 miles and I've never needed or wanted specialty padded cycle shorts. Most of the year I wear some cheap cargo shorts, in summer it's wicking workout shorts, in the winter I wear lined tights under my work slacks.

Use the money you save to buy some good panniers and fenders.

Get some good lights-- you'll want them just in case you find yourself cycling in low light or if it's cloudy and dark or foggy. At the least, get a good taillight.

If you're worried about sweat and don't have a shower facility available, baby wipes are very helpful. Carry some extra deodorant in your pack too. Bike your route in advance a few times to make sure you've got enough time to get to school and get yourself dressed/prepared.

u/failsure · 7 pointsr/bikecommuting

Not that particular one, but this one. I clipped it to the visor of my helmet rather than wear it on my glasses. It took some getting used to, but by the second day I had the knack for turning my head to see what I wanted to in the mirror with ease. It looks silly and is easy to knock out of adjustment if I do not pay attention, but I like it. Seeing cars come up behind me was actually a little intimidating at first...ignorance was bliss :-)

u/UrbanITx · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

I was about to pull the trigger on a Kilo TT for commuting ($400 SingleSpeed), but I waited about a week instead and found a used Torelli Tipo Uno for $200 I bought instead. I too am a 6'5" so the bikes do show up, don't lose hope! I highly recommend using so you can search your surrounding Craigslist's too (provided you have available transportation to get to nearby cities, the bike I found was 80 miles from me, but well worth the trip!).

Edit: You could maybe go for something along the lines of this CAAD8 and slap an Axiom Streamliner on that bad boy if you're not planning on carrying a TON for your commute.
If you want something more commuter'y here's another option, they do exist! :D

That said, if you do want a BikesDirect bike I have heard a lot of good things about the Motobecane Grand Record

u/JuDGe3690 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

The Wald 582 is probably the best and well-known, although companies like Sunlite make them as well. With the 582s, you can fit a full 12-pack of beer bottles in a basket, pretty much flush with the top, if that gives you an idea for size.

I have two on my bike and use them multiple times a week.

u/BromptanTribon · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

In the process of kitting out (or identifying kit for when I have the money) for my new (first full sized) bike and have settled on Cat Eye Rapid X (50 lumens).

You can get more powerful ones ( Rapid X2 and X3) but I'm generally anti bright lights as they're often too dazzling or even hurt my eyes when on other biked - pet peeve). Anyway I ramble, they attach by rubber/stretchy plastic band and come with a larger one for seat tube and smaller one to attach to seat stays or rack or anywhere else you fancy inc. one would assume the ability to orient them outwards/side ways for side viability should you want to (though they've got v v wide angle glow anyway).

Reckon I'd get a few for rack down tubes or seat stays each side vertically and and one horizontally to attach to the rear hanging light plate on the end of the rack to maximise the [strikethrough]Akira Neo Tokyo 2019 motorbike look[/strikethrough] visability (and a couple of front ones on the forks to sit either side of a Busch and Muller Eyro mounted centrally on the fork above the front wheel).

Also these wheel reflectors are a cheap and cheerful fix that I'll do, good at catching car headlights as lower down on the bike where they're generally pointing:

Re: Cateye Rapid X, believe they were the first of their kind when they first came out quite a while back but the same/similar lights are sold by different brands. Cheap Chinese ebay jobs available too but not sure if the same or cheap lower quality copies, up to you if you want to risk.

Also going to get Tortec Mudguards that have a reflector strip which user reviews say is v good and helpful. Then some reflective rim tape to boot (and then potentially some 'diamond grade' reflective tape that's used on emergency vehicles to strategically place on points along the frame - yes I want my Neo Tokyo/Tron bicycle).

u/RPtheFP · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

If you plan on commuting year round, I would consider keeping the Giant. Maybe look into getting new tires that are narrower. Kenda makes some 26x1.5" 100 PSI tires that are popular that the shop I worked at. The shifting is probably better than that Schwinn and should have a lower end gearing for any hills or heavier loads. Tires and tubes should be well under $100 if not $80.

From my experience, Crank Brothers pedals are great, other parts or accessories not so much. This Topeak tool is awesome and has everything you should need including tire levers.

Lump it with the Giant for a while until you save and find a bike that is within your price range and that fits you and your style of riding well.

u/alancar · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

My $30 tail light Cygolite Hotshot 2-Watt USB Rechargeable Taillight with USB Cable by Cygolite that was recommended to me on Reddit. Its like Ron Jeremy the Hedgehog. IT just goes and goes its small but mighty but smells better than Ron. . I charged it once and it lasted approximately 42 hrs of use in warm weather.


also my REI Flash 22 pack for $33.93 is awesome you have to love the dividends.

If only the Urban lights and motion 200 was as good its a total piece of crap in cold weather it lasts one ride before needing charging in hot weather it needs charging every 5 hours. Their claim of 12 hours on low pulse is bull crap

u/B_ongfunk · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have a Cygolite Metro 1100 and Light & Motion Urban 650. Both are enough to see with and ride around 20mph on paved surfaces. They are supposed to last ~1.5hrs at peak output. After dark, I ride with both.

I find that the typical advertised runtime on 500+ lumen lights doesn't go past 2hrs without an additional battery pack (not all have swappable batteries). Only the cheap lights aren't weather resistant.

Other brands such as Nite Rider, Lezyne, and Cateye make some really bright lights. I wouldn't go below 500 lumens if you ride with any pace.

As for taillights, a Cygolite Hotshot and Light & Motion Vis 180. I think I go a good week before recharging. I ride with both after dark and one all the time.

As far as flashing and constant, I do one of each in back when in traffic, constant on trails. Headlights are always constant and I turn off the super bright one on trails.

u/zedmartinez · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I've used a Cygolite Hotshot for years now all-weather year-'round riding. The standard bracket is just the plastic clip one, there are some others available as additional purchases like a rack bracket (a must for any light I buy, personally). It's been through more storms than I can count, so, the water-sealing is fine. It's visible even in bright summer daylight, and at night I have to angle it down if riding with friends or they can't see very well when behind me. Recharges with micro USB. Great product, haven't been tempted by anything else since.

u/Zenigata · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting


I wouldn't recommend those for riding any distance in normal shoes as the clip mechanism is by necessity proud of the platform.

My brother used to have M545s on his hybrid but got rid of them for that reason he's much happier with the M324 pedals he switched to instead. Getting the wrong side some of the time when you set off is preferable to having no right side. The new [A530 looks even better](
) with a really nice big platform on the clip free side.

Personally I'd go for Time Allroad Grippers because I like the float atac pedals give you.

u/disinformationtheory · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have a similar pump, and I've been very happy with it. I really like the flexible hose; it makes the pump easier to use. Depending on what kind of bike you have, you might want the high pressure one (120 psi "pressure drive" vs. 90 psi "alloy drive").

I also have this multitool, which I've also been happy with, except the large hex wrench that fits over the smaller one isn't as secure as I think it should be (it's never fallen off though).

u/jackwell · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

The rack is an axiom streamliner road rack, it's very narrow so it wouldn't be suitable for carrying anything on top but is fine for mounting the panniers on the side. The front mounts on to the bolt that holds the calipers in place and the rear is set back a couple of inches from the axle with a steel plate to give better heel clearance.

It is strong enough for commuting with a moderate load but If I would go for something with a more sturdy design if I was planning on carrying heavy loads.

u/unreqistered · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

Well then you'll need a rack capable of holding panniers. I'm going to assume you're looking to go as economically as possible (I'm a Surly Nice Rack man).

You'll want something like the Ibera. Looks like Amazons got them on backorder though, maybe check eBay.

With panniers, quality costs. I use Ortliebs and Axioms. You don't want to be to cheap here. Pick what you can afford, that meets your size requirements.

I've always been a bit sketchy loading laptops and cameras into my panniers. I prefer using my Citizen messenger or VeloTransit pack for them and leave the other stuff in the panniers. Gets most of the weight off my back.

u/atlasMuutaras · 7 pointsr/bikecommuting

You don't seem to understand the actual dynamic, here. It doesn't matter how "good" something is when the cost is 50-30% of your rent every month. It's not 50 for shoes or 200 for good shoes. It's 50 for shoes or you go barefoot.

Or pannier-less, in this case. You can get by just fine with a set of less than perfect paniers. I got a set of Axiom Seymour 30s for about half the price of the ortliebs and they've been treating me just fine.

u/phrnkln · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

you just might want to think about getting a bag that's designed to fit on the rack you've chosen. I have the same rack. I also got this

The rack is basically indestructible. my bag has seen heavy use for nine years, and it's still strong and all compartments are in tact. it slides securely onto the rack and locks in place. it can expand into a 3-compartment bag that's big enough for tools, clothes, u-lock, and possibly your backpack, too, depending on how big it is.

u/aglef · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have a collapsible rear basket that is incredible! Keeps my backpack off my back (no sweat!) and perfectly holds a grocery bag for errands. Plus, it folds down almost flat, so easy to store & park. Best bike upgrade I've done!

u/silentbuttmedley · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

I commute almost everywhere by bike so I have a few for different needs.

My main bike, the one I use for grocery shopping, camping, and commuting distances over 3 miles is a 90s Rockhopper mtb rebuild set up to run 700c-32 road wheels or 26in-2.4 fatties I'll thank Paul V-brakes for the ability to switch rim brake wheels in ~5 min.

For quick, short, and minimal gear commutes I ride a Fuji Feather single speed. (I rode fixed for a couple years and while I love it, my knees like to coast).

For travel, or when I want to ride somewhere and go home drunk, or when I get a ride somewhere and want to ride home, I have a modded Brompton. After being totally bummed out by the Brompton's gearing I swapped it out to an 11 speed IGH. Much better. and

All of my commuters are set up with an AirZound, a ridiculously loud compressed air horn you can refill with a bike pump.

u/grandzooby · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have one of these little wedge bags that goes under my seat, like this one:

In it, I keep one of these little tools:

It has a lot of things you might need for a quick repair, including a chain-breaker.

I also keep a 3-set of tire levers and the same little patches that mnorri recommends (I think), like these:

I also have a couple zipties because you never know when you might need one.

My commute is only 3 miles, so I don't carry a tube, but I probably should consider it for longer rides.

And I had one of these on my last bike. I never had to use it, but it was small and fitted on the back side of my seat tube, just in front of the tire, so it didn't get in the way of anything:

For my general riding, I actually have a trunk bag on my rack and keep things like a first aid kit, eyeglass case and cleaner, sun block, spare batteries (for my lights), and now that the weather's turning, a rain jacket, and such. But the trunk bag slides of easily so I can take it in stores with me. The little wedge bag just stays on my bike.

Edit: I also carry a small pump, mounted on my downtube:

Clearly I'm not one of those riders trying to have the lightest ride possible.

u/AimForTheAce · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

  • what to wear: I assume that you'd only commute in fair weather. Anything that you can ride comfortably. Rain gear is a whole different discussion depending on the season.
  • what to pack for work/commute: Learn to fix flat. Spare tube, Topeak Hexus II. Topeak Mini Morph pump.
  • how to pack... backpack? : No backpack. Look for DeTour or Timbktu panniers. Etsy is another source to get a decent lookin' pannier. Ortlieb is boring but the gold standard, however.
  • should I avoid music/headphones : This is somewhat debatable. I have a Be Headware Bluetooh speaker on my helment. I don't listen to music but podcast, and keep the volume to the level which is like someone riding next to me is talking to me. The goal is to not block or suppress the sound around me. Also, I can pick up the phone call easier.
  • what to look out for: Idiots
  • what to be cautious of: Idiots
  • anything else you can think of!:


    > BTW on Google Maps, it looks like it's going to be about a 35 minute ride to work

    It's usually overestimates time, so you can probably go faster.
u/paulkaul · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Justhavingacoffe, I'd be super interested how you have made the Topeak work.

DuranDourand, thanks for the pic, that's exactly the problem I ran into.

Just to double check, this is the rack you've used, correct?

Thank you?

u/kopsis · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I've found a front porteur rack (like is a much more convenient solution for hauling a messenger bag or backpack. Depending on the bike, a Wald basket on the front is an even more convenient solution.

Rear racks are great for long-distance touring with a good set of panniers, but using them with anything else (including makeshift panniers) is just not that convenient. Stuff on top of the rack can make mounting/dismounting awkward. Stuff on the side needs to be free of straps and dangly bits that could get caught (or very carefully secured). Heel clearance with makeshift panniers is another concern. Last, but not least, panniers pick up a lot of road grime. Even if it's easy to take your bag off the side of the rack and throw it over your shoulder at the destination, it may be dirty enough you don't want to.

u/seattlebikeman · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

SPDs are incredibly easy to unclip and you can do it using right or left rotation without even thinking about it. You can also just slam your foot onto the pedal and click in immediately.

I used to ride on SPD-SLs and while I think they are slightly better for long rides, I ditched them entirely and only use SPDs now. Not only can I walk around normally, but they are basically just as good and now I don't have to even think about clipping/unclipping.

I commute about 30 miles daily in dense urban to suburban areas, so while downtown in the big city I'm stopping/starting constantly. Can't imagine not having clipless, especially for hopping curbs/potholes/road debris. Just so much more control and besides, every time I've crashed I've popped out of them automatically.

Give it a try, dude. You don't need to wait for a new bike, just get a set of pedals/cleats for $50. You can even get dual SPD/platform pedals if you want maximum flexibility (I had a set but got rid of them because I never used the platforms).

u/80211nat · 13 pointsr/bikecommuting

First thought: seems a lot like the Topeak Explorer series of bike racks. The QuickLock system works great; I have a bag that uses it. Hopefully this succeeds, so Topeak releases more QuickLock-compatible stuff and also brings costs down.

u/the_gnarts · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

> Uhh, those are definitely meant for cleats to be installed. The 2 screws are standard SPD compatible.

Yes I know, but they work good even without.

> How tiny are your platforms that they can fit into that space?

On the commuter I have these:

u/montecycle · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Try a nice front rack. I have a '94 Singletrack as well that I turn into my commuter during the winter. I am wanting to get a rack and believe a front rack would work better. You can easily put your backpack on there and strap it down. Here:

u/GruntledMisanthrope · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Half my commute is after dark. I like putting a couple 3M reflective thingies on my spokes for side visibility and I have lights on the front and back of the helmet to make sure I'm seen over the top of cars.

The helmet light is especially nice for aiming right at cars waiting at side streets to make sure they see me. I've stopped cars in the act of pulling out in front of me several times by hitting them with the beam from my helmet light. I use an LED flashlight.

u/mybeararms · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have this Origin-8 rack on the front of my Surly Ogre, and it has been amazing. It's just about the same thing for around $55 instead of $140, and it is super sturdy and light.

u/HenryJonesJunior · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

What's your price range? That affects the options quite a bit.

How dark is your area - are you looking for something to ensure cars can see you (i.e. do you have streetlights on your whole route) or are you going to need the light to actually see? That affects how much power you need.

For taillights, I love the PDW Danger Zone. Not that expensive, quite bright, and its variable flash setting is very attention getting. I have one on each of my bikes and never leave home without it.

For headlights, there are a lot of options out there. I commute down some dark bike trails at night, so I have a Niterider Minewt 600, which was the predecessor to their current Lumina 650. It's stunning - waterproof, durable, extremely bright (on high, I can go 20-25mph in pitch black with great confidence, and most of the time I just leave it on low or medium for fear of blinding people), very good battery life (I recharge it a couple times a month), and USB rechargable so I just bring it in at work occasionally and charge it there. It's not the cheapest, but if you're planning on bike commuting long term it's a solid investment (I've had mine for over a year and it shows no signs of dying any time soon).

u/themcan · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

That's pretty much how I started my 2 mile commute in 2015. I went reading and bought the Wirecutter's reccommendation at the time, a Trek 7.2 (though I did go for the 2014 7.4 Disc, since my shop had it on a good sale). I added fenders and a kickstand immediately, grabbed a cheap (but safe) Wal-Mart helmet and lights, and started riding when the weather was decent. As I needed them, I added elastic, reflective ankle bands to keep my jeans out of the chain, got a set of decent gloves for cooler weather, a rear rack and expandable trunk bag, upgraded my lights, and bought a cheap bike computer from Aldi.
After a few years, I had a better idea of what I really wanted, so last fall I sold the hybrid and picked up a gravel bike to get off the 50mph highway and onto the gravel shoulder and replaced my helmet with a more comfortable and better ventilated one. I moved over the rear rack, bought new, larger fenders and a kickstand, but didn't bother with the computer and just got a handlebar phone mount since I track everything on Strava anyways.
Of course I don't NEED all of this to bike commute, but it makes it easier/more comforable/etc. to do so. The only thing I've regretted is the fancy gloves: they work just fine, but I could have spent half the money and gotten something just as well suited to my needs. Thankfully I'm in an area with basically no bike theft, so I just use a cheap cable lock on the rare times I even bother to lock it up.

u/ChicagoCyclist · 9 pointsr/bikecommuting

Those are the ones I got! Super easy to install, all they do is snap onto your spokes & you're all set!!

u/sr_maxima · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting
  • Tubes: anything you find will work
  • Patch kit: I like Einstein's patch kit because the patches are small, thin, and have feathered edges. Rema patches work too, but they're larger. I prefer small patches because the vast majority of tube failures are small punctures and the patch is already a zillion times larger than the hole. I dislike sticker patches and I don't trust them.
  • Bike pump: The Lezyne pressure drive is small and dependable. Get the carbon fiber one if you want to save grams. I don't use a CO2 inflater because I think they are wasteful and of limited utility.
  • Seat post bag: Really, anything will work
  • Water bottle: Whatever you have lying around.
  • Multitool: I like the Topeak Hexus II. It is compact, and has most of the tools you'll need for on-the-road fixes, including a chain tool.
  • Pliers: There is NOTHING on your bike that you should use pliers on. Use the proper tools for the job.
  • Tire levers: Any will work, but my favorites are the Soma steel core.
  • Rear light: Anything will do. I like the Planet Bike Superflash.
  • Front light: This totally depends on how often you commute in the dark, and what your environment is like. If you're riding on well-lit city streets, your needs will differ a lot from someone riding on rural roads or unlit trails. I use a SON generator hub with the Lumotec IQ Cyo and the combination is awesome. But not everyone needs that kind of setup.
u/poorhockeydad · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Axiom DLX Streamliner Disc Cycle Rack\_sw\_em\_r\_mt\_dp\_U\_vJW0CbMTNBN21


Installed super easily. I'm only using it for fairly light loads. 15in laptop and a change of clothes (no shoes). If I was really going to load it up I'd probably change the top mount to one that clamps the seatpost.

u/giraffegreens · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

After consulting with this subreddit I went with a topeak rear rack and a wald wire basket. I secured the basket to the rack with four Nite Ize gear ties and it feels really secure.

I was looking for a cheaper option than buying all of the matching baskets and panniers that go with the topeak rear rack. I have a limited budget to spend on new bike gear each paycheck, so i'm slowly buying new items.

Today was the first ride without my backpack on my back. It was definitely an interesting feeling. I felt super light, but the back of the bike was weighed down.

Any comments or suggestions?

u/innoutberger · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I got this rack off of amazon, and used some old panniers that my dad had.

As for fenders, just go to your LBS and they will set you up. I honestly don't know what kind of fenders that I have, but hey, they work.

My commute is pretty short, a little over 2 miles each way, and I have never had any issues with it.

u/MTBSPEC · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I would suggest multiple flashing red lights facing the rear so there is no question of your existence. People tend to drive fast while not paying attention on rural roads, your light display should immediately catch their eye.

Start with something like this

I have had good success with Cygolite. For the head light I would get at least a 550 lumen one if not more for dark rural roads.

u/peter_k · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

You either ride on the sidewalk (which, IMHO, is totally fine if you judge the road to be extremely dangerous... don't ever risk your life... ) or gird your loins and take the fuck out of the lane. Light yourself up like a Christmas tree, get one of these, wear a reflective vest, and get ready for stressful nonsense and road rage. The ride MAY not be as bad as you think once a few additional factors are taken into account:

  1. Traffic. Heavy traffic is your friend on these roads. I would imagine the lanes are pretty wide, so splitting them through heavy traffic will be pretty easy.

  2. Pick your route. You may be able to whittle down the amount of REALLY fast road you have to ride on by taking some short detours.
u/PaulRivers10 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I HATE seatpost racks. The problem is with only 1 attachment point, they tend to swing around behind you a little. They also don't carry much.

They do make racks for bikes without rack mounts though.

A cheaper one is the Axiom Streamliner Disc:

A lighter but more expensive one (that is designed to be a rack solution on full carbon bikes as well as others) is the BONTRAGER BACKRACK LIGHTWEIGHT:

They both work the same way - at the top they attach under the rear brake bridge. At the bottom they attach via the wheel skewer, putting the weight of anything on the rack right onto the wheel axel (same place your bodyweight goes).

P.S. I see someone else said something similar and mentioned some of these racks below as well.

u/ModusPwnins · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

Other users have mentioned lights and vests, so I'll mention a very cheap, useful visibility enhancement: spoke reflectors.

Put these on the spokes of one half of each of your wheels. (By that, I mean for example on all the spokes of the top half of the wheel when it's at rest.) It will improve your visibility to drivers approaching from the side, and you will be immediately recognizable as a cyclist. The drivers will see reflective strips moving around in circles and immediately think "wheels".

(If you get these, take them off your bike when you clean and re-lube your chain. I learned the hard way that when they get oil/grease on them they lose a lot of reflectivity.)

u/jeremiahs_bullfrog · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

Is this the one you're talking about, or do you mean the A530 or the M324? It looks to me like the M530 is dual sided clipless, but there's only one picture in Amazon, so I can't be sure.

I'm considering getting clipless pedals, but I also like riding to the grocery store or park and it doesn't make sense to change shoes.

u/grewapair · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

A friend of mine gave me this bike stand, which leans against the wall at the top with a non-marking plastic piece and has non marking plastic feet. It has never fallen over or marked anything. The only problem is the handlebars will hit the wall, so I had to put fabric behind it.

It doubles as a repair stand for the top bike. But it doesn't have your storage, which I like a lot.

u/authentic_plagiarist · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I too was in your position OP. And I researched about portability comfort. Use of ingress and egress and style and price! My recommendation after 1yr of service is the mother fucking Wald folding basket. This thing is this shit. Here's why: it's cheap. Less than 30$. It looks good folded up! I can drop my backpack in it with my 16" laptop and a few books with ease. All that content being in my back pack. Once I get to school I just take my backpack out of the basket and folded it up if I want to or I just leave. It's awesome!

They're nice and durable. I've placed 40lbs of stuff in it no prob. And all this ortlieb stuff is nice but way too fucking expensive if you ask me. And some of it looks weird as a backpack. Then the hooks That connect to your rack are running against your back and just ugh. This allows you to retain your original book bag

u/m2ellis · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

There are a bunch of stands that hold two bikes stacked like this.





And some others. I haven’t used any of them but they mostly have good reviews?

u/lavransson · 9 pointsr/bikecommuting

Awesome, congrats!

As a bike commuter of almost five years, I'll let you in on a little secret: sometimes my fellow bikers are worse that the drivers.

Case in point, I bought this cool airhorn ([Delta Cycle Airzound Bike Horn]( " : Delta Cycle Delta Airzound Bike Horn")) to attach to my bike. I remember being a little eager to use it, like a kid wanting to try out a toy. It took me a few weeks before I actually had an opportunity. Sadly, and ironically, I had to blow the horn on a cyclist who darted across a crosswalk when he had a red and I had a green. I actually had to dodge out of his way. What a jerk. I remember laughing/crying about how I got this air horn to defend myself from motor vehicles, yet the first time I used it was for a cyclist :-(

u/limitedmage · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I agree with the mirror. I am way more confident doing left turns and lane changes after getting a small mirror on my glasses. Right lane changes are kinda terrifying now though :) This is the mirror I use:

u/Kraveylicious · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Take a look at this one. One of the things to look out for on road bikes without eyelets is that heel clearance is also shorter. This track mounts to the quick release and brake mount, plus moves the track back to provide more heel clearance when you’re panniers are on. They have a road version that just has a narrower platform on top but the dish version tends to get better reviews and has a normal sized platform for a crate, etc.

u/gwarster · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Use what I got they give you the best of both worlds.. You can either click-in or use platforms.

u/the_last_hairbender · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I'm not sure how often this gets recommended on here, but I had an Air Zound on my bicycle for a while. I didn't have to use it very often but when I did it really worked. Just be sure to drain the tank before dropping it off at the bike mechanic ;)

u/fookidookidoo · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

They were very similar to this.

These must be the new version of them, they look a bit better made (also, sorry a little more pricey). I'd still recommend them at $60 - $80 which seems to be what they go for these days.

u/Meowface_McGee · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

My unpopular opinion, especially if this is your only bike, is to go fixed. The bike is cheaper/tougher for the money, and less maintenance means better reliability. And for you the rider, it teaches/reinforces proper pedal stroke and ability to hold higher cadence, which translates to your ability to do 50+ mile rides after just a month or so of riding. Something like a Kilo TT Pro with a porter rack is a helluva city beater. I threw some flat bars on mine and its comfy as hell. And with the front rack you can bungee a regular waterproof backpack or whatever and don't have to buy actual panniers. Anyways, just my 2¢

u/jiggeroni · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have a 26" Specialized mountain bike which I commute on, This is the Rack I purchased and is fantastic for its price.

These are the panniers I purchased:

I actually got them on Ebay brand new for about $30. If you search ebay you could find a similar or close deal.

So you can get a setup for about half your budget.

u/twowhlr · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I got a Wald W582BL 582 Rear Folding Bicycle Basket (12.75 x 7.25 x 8.5, Black and the only installation issue was making sure that it was far enough back so that the heel of my big foot didn’t hit it while pedaling. It’s served me pretty well but needs a little silicone spray periodically to keep the folding points and locking latch moving smoothly.

Edit: url

u/cp3spieth · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I just recently purchased this:


I am going to just put my backpack in the basket as I really like my current swiss gear backpack.

u/aurical · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have a set of axioms I've been using for 6 years - I don't think they make my model any more (lasalle) but they've served me well. The panniers themselves are black, but they came with a high vis rain cover with a reflective accents.

These are similar and if the raincovers aren't included they can be purchased separately

u/chewinthecud · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have this mirror, it can be worn on glasses or a helmet.

I rode for a couple months before I started looking for mirrors. I didn't want a handle mirror because of it being stationary, but wasn't sure if something on my helmet would be annoying. That first ride I got adjusted to it - Ha! - I've actually glanced up to the left (where mirror would be) when I've heard something in the office, so I've definitely got used to it.

I will say that even with the mirror, there are times when turning and looking is the BEST option. Don't rely on your ears and mirrors have blind spots too. That's the advice I was given when I started commuting.

u/GoodyPower · 5 pointsr/bikecommuting

Imo spoke reflectors are better as you don't have to turn them on and they don't require batteries

Salzmann 3M Scotchlite Hi Vis Spoke Reflector Bicycle Clips - 36 Pack

u/lah2429 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I use these along with two large insulated shopping bags. The panniers stay on the bike all the time and I just take the shopping bags into the store.

I also have this cooler for my 1/2 gallon of milk

the combo easily lets me get groceries for 2 for a week

u/i_ate_your_shorts · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

This off-brand 2-bike gravity rack:

Holds both of my bikes securely, was very cheap, and no marks on the walls. My landlady likes it so much that after seeing mine, she has started providing them to all of her tenants with bikes.

u/buddha2490 · 7 pointsr/bikecommuting

You just need a rack with separate mounting points, one for panniers, and then a separate platform. Something like this should work.

u/thefourthchipmunk · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I think I have that rack, this is my rack

Axiom DLX Streamliner Road Cycle Rack, Black

I have it on my carbon road bike. With a stopwatch it took me five minutes to take on or off, and so when I ride with other people I take it off so they don't give me funny looks :)

u/vhalros · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

I guess I see what you mean, but I'm so detached from the bar scene that I really don't know what is appropriate. A backpack also seems awkward? Maybe you'd prefer something like this and just leave it on the bike:

u/thamoore · 4 pointsr/bikecommuting

Im a big fan of the Delta Cycle 2 bike stand.

For the third, you may just go with a hook to store it vertically.

u/provin1327 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Sidewalk riding can be dangerous, no one is expecting you to be riding there and driveways can be around blind corners. Sometimes it's your only choice depending on where you live and the level of bike infrastructure

As far as reflective items go, check out these lightweights they work great on wheel spokes and are cheaper than a vest but still increase visibility.

u/andrewcooke · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

this is what's commonly recommended.

u/calibrationx · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

This is what I have:

Ibera Bike Rack - Bicycle Touring Carrier Plus+ for Disc Brake Mount, Frame-Mounted for Heavier Top & Side Loads, Height Adjustable for 26"-29" Frames

u/Jobeesh · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Within your price range you can get folding baskets. I like to use grocery panniers. The latter is more expensive but also lighter weight.

u/individual0 · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I like this one

It's a wire box that folds flat against your bike when you aren't using it. Perfect for my backpack, hoodie, and a couple other things. Or a grocery bag.

u/mellofello808 · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I love my pannier setup but unfortunately it has been discontinued. I use the Timbuktu mission tote, or their pannier messenger bag if I am going out.

I think Blackburn makes a similar product.

On the other side I have a wal collapsible basket that lives there permanently. It is perfect for a 12 pack or one grocery bag. [It folds down very nicely](Wald 582 Rear Folding Bicycle Basket (12.75 x 7.25 x 8.5, Black)

My main issue with most panniers is that there really is no convenient way to carry them off of the bike. If you live in a city it is not wise to leave them on there when off the bike.

u/onecrazywinecataway · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Grocery panniers! They're fantastic. Though back in my cheap ass college days I used to just put the bags on the handlebars and deal with it.

u/TinyTurboAbarth · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I just bought this “slim” axiom rack. didn’t want the same wide rack as I have on my hybrid bike. I should have it installed by this weekend.

u/alansb1982 · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

I have a feeling it's going to be an origin8 classique front rack, but it comes tomorrow.

Other than that, my Cygolight Dash 350/Micro Shot head and tail light combo.

u/year_of_growth30 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Explorer Rack Without Spring, Black

That’s the rack that you have to order separately

u/Mellema · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

Why not both?

I use this and love it. For days I'm not bringing much I can just use the truck bag. If I decide to pick something up and need more space, just roll down the panniers.

u/kornkobcom · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Or you could get a collapsible basket and put your backpack in the basket.

u/sebnukem · 1 pointr/bikecommuting
  • spare inner tube
  • patch kit
  • light rain jacket
  • bike gloves
  • SPD pedals and shoes (hybrids are the best)
  • helmet mounted mirror
  • puncture resistant tires
u/BigBlack1264 · 17 pointsr/bikecommuting

I can't speak to who makes those fenders, but the rack is an Axiom Streamliner Road DLX, which I currently have on my Synapse 105.

u/ryuns · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Seatpost racks can't handle a lot of weight, but the quick release function might be appealing:. E.g.:

u/Hewbacca · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I use this. Has been bulletproof for years, and I've only changed the battery once.

u/TheRoadTravelled · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

You can buy and cut that cost by at least a 1/3. I commute nearly every day through sun or rain and they've stood up for the past 2 months I've had them. That universal clip is pretty much standard now for commuting. And they have a warranty. I don't get why people drop so much on stuff...

u/ryanrudolf · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

its a toshiba laptop backpack bag i got from newegg few months ago when it was on sale -

and here is the rear rack i am using (RA-5 for disc brake, RA-4 for vbrake) -

u/Chicago_Surly_Rider · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have a set of panniers made by a company called Axiom

They are close to your price range, and they are tough bags for an economical price. They are water resistant, but they are not waterproof though.

u/yakkafoobmog · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Try an AirZound. They're refillable too.

Though they don't fit on all handlebars so that may be a factor.

u/flippinsweetdude · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I did backpack for a while too, and got this rack and a cheap pannier and have never looked back.

I have upgraded my pannier to something really nice, but not in scope for a commuter. 40 litre seems quite big for commuting. Might want to consider leaving the shoes at work, and the ULock, and perhaps bring in closes for several days, to cut down on weight and volume.


u/wolf_moon101 · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Yeah, as others have said, there's just nothing that will prevent that. Even locked bike rooms can be defeated by a determined thief.

I recommend keeping your bike in your condo. I'm currently building a metal pegboard and bike rack setup (I'll post in the sub once I'm done), but the below bike rack is tool-free and keeps your bikes out of the way.


u/Gnomeslime · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

There are a few types of mirrors. If you wear glasses I highly recommend I think it also works on a helmet visor, but I've only ever worn it on my thick-framed glasses.

u/FlakeyMusician · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

For the wheels:

Lightweights for Wheels...

For my helmet

LiteMark Reflective Black Variety...


The 247 Viz Blaze Reflective Vest...

Black reflective tape roll (they have all sorts of color though)

Lightweights Stealth Tape, 100-inch Roll, Black

Ankle bands

Leg Shield Reflective Ankle Bands...

Wrist bands

Reflective Wristbands (Pair) -...

u/danieldoesnt · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

I use this headlight and the PDW Danger Zone for the rear. link

This is the headlight's comparison photo from /u/ishouldnotbeonreddit's post link

Let us know what you go with!

u/bojanco · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have the same, use them for commuting for about a year, no complaints at all.

u/doubled822 · 6 pointsr/bikecommuting

What kind of bike do you have? I got one of those Ibera seatpost-mounted racks, but I actually was able to mount it to my frame since I don't have room left on my seatpost. It's been very solid so far for my commute. Here's a pic of how it's installed on my bike. Obviously your mileage may vary, and many people say to avoid these racks, but mine hasn't budged after probably 200 miles or so.

Edit: Ibera has a bag that specifically works with this rack, but I haven't spent the money on it yet. They also have a pannier set, but I'm not sure they'll work too well with this rack due to the lack of side supports. I have a small carry-on bag that came with a suitcase that I bungee down, and it can be a pain, but it works.

u/bikephotog · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Axiom Disc Rack mounted to a seat clamp with eyelets would fix the lack of eyelets and seat stay mounting points problem for a rack. About to do this on my brother's Fuji Roubaix.

u/ferrarisnowday · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I'd say it depends mostly on your alternatives. If something happens that won't let you ride home (mechanical, partial-theft, or weather) what are your alternatives? Can you walk or take a bus? Can you take your bike on the bus? Can you call someone for a ride? Will that person have room for your bike in their vehicle?

If something happens on the way to work, are you risking serious repercussions if you're late, or would you just have to call in and they'll understand?

So there's a whole spectrum of stuff you could carry, and it's based on "what would happen if I didn't carry it? Is it worth the hassle of carrying this?"

Personally I have a 4 mile commute, with bus routes or walking routes available through out. Being late for work would kinda stink, but not put me in any serious trouble. So for me that means I don't carry things like tubes, spokes, cable adjusters, etc. The risk of having to haul my bike on a bus or drive back to pick it up later is worth avoiding the hassle of carrying around extra gear every day.

Since you asked for examples, this is what I carry:

Mounted to bike

  • U-Lock

  • Cable Lock (for wheels and seat)

  • Mini hand powered air-pump

  • Water bottle holder

    Rear Cargo Rack

  • a Collapsible Wald Basket, I love this because I can fold it out of the way when I'm not carrying anything. It's always there and I don't have to decide whether or not I want to bring it.

  • Mini bunjee cords wrapped around the rack. I can use this to secure larger objects to the rack or basket. I rarely use them, but it's so easy to carry them why not?

    A handlebar bag mounted on top of my rear rack

  • Wallet, phone

  • Hex wrench set for quick adjustments

  • Fix-a-flat can (probably should get rid of this as it takes up a lot of space)

  • some spare bike-size screws rolled up in a piece of tape

  • A very small first aid kid (band aids, gauze, over the counter pain meds)

  • An emergency granola bar (has saved me a couple times when I'm 20 miles from home on a loosely planned ride)

    Run of the mill Reusable shopping bag (placed in basket)

  • Work shirt (I ride in a t-shirt)

  • Keys

  • Tums (for me this is a must!)

  • Deodorant

  • Lunch, if I brought one

  • Work ID

  • Wipes

  • Dollar store rain poncho

  • Comb (beware of helmet hair)
u/bkrassn · 1 pointr/bikecommuting
  1. Yes, a century to me is 100 Miles. It seemed insane when 5-6 miles was a good long ride. Now on flat level ground my boyfriend considers 20-30 miles at 10-15Mph a warm up.. I'm in much better shape then he is. (I tow Max and still out ride him)

  2. There are multiple reasons why we don't take cargo in this trailer. (On a regular/planned basis)

    a) We have 3 trailers. A child trailer for my nephew and a dedicated cargo trailer. We almost never use the cargo trailer except when bikecamping.

    b) Our cargo trailer isn't nearly as wide as the dog trailer so it is easier to get around things and people. The dog trailer is almost as wide as a typical tadpole style trike (2 wheels up front). While it is great for Max, it means having to plan a route in/out of tight spaces.

    c) We have several options for taking cargo. We have racks, panniers, bags, etc. If he isn't going I can gain my maneuverability and still carry a frightening amount of material. With only 1 cargo basket I put in my large backpack. It has a change of clothes, baby wipes, deodorant, body spray, a 40oz cold brew container, a protein shaker bottle, water bottle, wallet, keys, arm sleeves, etc. There is also room for 2 laptops, but I've been leaving one in each location recently. This is just on one side. In that picture you can see that same backpack. It doesn't even take up the entire basket in that picture because it isn't fully loaded.
    Folding baskets I use.

    e) Note* There are times when we will see something while riding about that we have to have, if we have to put it in/on his trailer we will. He doesn't mind things on the roof of his trailer, only things inside of it or on that front part.

  3. I do, when I had a regular upright diamond frame bike it was fairly easy to lockup. The trailer could have been stolen at anytime as it is pretty quick to release/detach. My recumbent is difficult to lock up on its own without the trailer. The only thing the trailer really adds to the mix is I cant lock up the back are of the bike to a rack by backing into it. I also have to plan how to get to the place I'm going to lockup otherwise I may have to manually move the trailer or bike around. It isn't difficult to do, I just don't like to.

    I have a few rules though. If your a restaurant and you don't have outside bicycle and dog friendly (outside) seating... I'll keep going. I'll buy food from a grocery store and eat it outside before I patron an unfriendly restaurant. While on group rides I've left him in his trailer when we all went into a bar/restaurant. This is the only time I'll break that rule, and it has more to do with social reasons then anything else. I'll still plot to find a friendlier restaurant though.

    If I go to a store and I can't take him inside I generally leave him tethered to the trailer. Assuming I can't lock it in a good place I may just lock the rear tire to the bike. Unless there is a place to lock it up in view. I mostly just plan to stop somebody from running off with it in the hour or so that I'll be there.

    I'm more comfortable not locking my bike up and leaving it with Max then I am locking it up without Max. Something about a 60 lbs White German Sheppard/Husky mix seems to deter bad people. This technique also works with a running car w/ keys inside. Never had anything stolen from my car, including the car itself. He knows what is "mine". I don't know what he would do if forced to defend my property though, most likely nothing but put on a good show to try to scare off somebody. When I do park the bike I park in a place where I can keep an eye on it. Not for the bike, but for him. Steal my bike I'll be upset, but hurt or steal my dog and I'll be worse.

    Edit added link to the baskets