So, for the past few months I’ve been commuting the 20 miles a day with a full rucksack attached too my back. Whilst this wasn’t particularly a problem, It can get uncomfortable at times. So as a treat (to myself) I decided to get a rack and rack bag.
Problem 1 . . . There are way too many to choose from…
After a week of readung numerous websites and watching various different videos, I decided on one of the Topeak bags with their ridgid side pannels and quick release rack system.
Problem 2 . . . There are still way too many to choose from…
There are a few different models, RX,EX,DX,EXP,DXP etc etc. In the end I settled on the Topeak MTX Trunkbag DXP which has deployable side panniers if needed and also the Topeak Super Tourist disc brake rack. Now, ive only been on the bike once since I fitted the rack and bag but just on the one commute it felt much easier. I also made it home 4 minutes faster than what I did on the previous run with the rucksack.
Centro are currently offering the kryponite series 2 d locks with cable for the bargin price of £10 DELIVERED! Seriously that is cheap…. Wiggle currently stock these at £32
Well it took over 3 weeks to arrive but mine was finally delivered today and for the money it’s a bargin. I already have a kryponite mini lock that I carry with me but sometimes that lock is just a little too small.
I’ll probably end up keeping this one on the bike more often now as I have a bigger bag on the bike but i think for £10 you seriously cannot go wrong.
I have recently started commuting to work a few times a week. This in itself for me is quite big as this time last year the though of riding a bike 11 miles to work and back wouldn’t have even entered my mind. Never the less I’ve purchased a 2nd hand Chris Boardman Hybrid Comp 2010 and started the journey. Ive done it about 4 times now in 2 weeks and im getting to work in about 50 minutes. Considering it takes me 30 in the car I though that was quite respectable.
However, there is one problem. I think im addicted. I keep buying things for the bike! argh, i was supposed to be saving money on petrol not spending it all on bike stuff. So far, since buying the bike I have brought;
- Hi-Vis Coat
- Glasses (not used yet)
- Water Bottle
- Puncture Repair Kit
- Mini Pump
- Track Pump
- Numerous Lights
- Bike Lock
- Saddle Bag
- Bike Cover
Not to mention I’ve covered the side passage in order for me to store my bike in the dry rather than in the cluttered shed! I seriously need to stop spending……