- Help me carry my Commuting load
Carradice super c saddle bag on SQR mount for me. 18 litres of capacity. 100% waterproof. Old skool style to boot. Ive been using mine for over 5 years now. It carries my waterproofs, tools, overnight stuff if needed, netbook and chargers and flask of coffee for the train.
I fitted a shoulder strap to it for off the bike carrying. Here it is being used for touring.Posted 6 years ago
I’m about to retire my Manhattan Portage bag that’s served me well for 7 years.
So I would like to know what you STW commuters are using to lug stuff to and fro. The current bag is Ok but on a road bike isn’t very stable when fully loaded.
It will need to accommodate the tools, tubes, clothes, shoes, waterproofs, on average about 8kg.
As a French friend used to say ‘My hears are open” and I look forward to your pearls of wisdom.Posted 6 years agomieszkoMember
Holy crap, 8kg of stuff. Depends how long is your commute. I carry around 6kg and just use a Deuter ACT Trail 32 rucksack. Good harness and adjustable everything. It’s ok for my 12 mile total commute, but anything longer I would like to have the weight on the bike rather then me.
So I would say panniers or the Carradice look good as well. But again 8kg seems like a lot, I need to have frankenstein special safety shoes that weigh a ton but without them it would weight 3kg tops.
Do you need waterproofs with you all the time? Do you have full mudguards on the bike?Posted 6 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Topeak seatpost mounted rack and DX bag (the one with the fold out panniers). My commuter’s got rack mounts but it’s so simple to just clamp on and off (and use as my bag by my desk in the office), it sits quite high and is fairly aero as panniers go. It’ll take a maximum of 10kg, I think, but mine happily holds tools & tube, backup drive, phone, money, keys and some toast for breakfast in the top bit, then my packed lunch in one side and a waterproof in the other (with room to spare all round).
Easy detachability also means the bike transforms into your (rackless) evening / winter trainer without the need of an allen key.Posted 6 years agosamuriMember
I reckon my bag weighs about 8kg when it has my laptop and clothes in it. (The laptop weighs 5kg and this includes my tools/tubes/etc), I’d be surprised if you’re actually getting close to that in reality.
But as above, panniers are probably the way. I use a courier bag but that’s me.Posted 6 years ago
Thanks for the offer of the dog, I could use our spaniel but she’d just chew the bag then give the contents a good lick.
8kg includes the bag which just weighs over 1 kg on it’s own, it has a 33ltr capacity and I do fill it on occasion.
The wieght doesn’t bother me, it’s just the stability. I work freelance so in average my commute is 15-20 per day.
The carradice looks like a good option.Posted 6 years ago
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