Back on the bike to work

This week has seen are more dedicated and organised attempt at cycling to the office. I can’t really call it a commute, because essentially, apart from John Oxton, no one is going to tell me I’m late. But what is the definition of a commute anyway?

It’s not the best time of the year to start getting into a habit of doing a proper ride first thing in the morning (dark), and making sure I’ve packed everything (hassle). And there seems to be a lot to pack (I may do one of those Flickr “what’s in my bag” things if you’re good). I’ve really had to think about it all and something will get forgotten. I used to commute a few years back, but I didn’t need to lug a 15” MacBook Pro around with me. I had a G4 Tower sitting under the desk, and the office was half as near.

My new laptop bag is the best thing since sliced bread. But that’s not surprising because it’s made by Rapha. I looked at the Ortlieb stuff but Brian from The Washing Machine Post couldn’t praise the Rapha Fixed. Back Pack enough. And if it’s good enough for Brain, then it’s good enough for the rest of us. While we are on the subject of Rapha, the Winter Hat comes recommended by me - there’s nothing to touch it.

It’s obvious everything won’t go in there so I’ve gone and got myself this Altura Urban Dryline 20 Pannier. It’s the perfect size and gets everything in, (including cake) nicely. The upshot of all this is the bike weighs a bloody tonne and these rolling hills, combined with the wet and blustery wind make for a “challenging” ride to the office. When I get back on a fast road bike, I’ll feel the benefit. I can confirm both bags keep everything dry, which, is a massive help.

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Yay for commuting by bike again.
I’ll show you what’s in my bag if you show me what’s in yours….

Posted by Lorna Jaggard on Friday, January 11, 2008 at 13:33 GMT

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Simon,

Congrats for commuting.  I just stumbled across your site.  Anyways, I happen to be an avid bicycle racer (see website).  Curious, what type of bike do you own?

-Chris

Posted by Chris Di Re on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 06:41 GMT

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@Chris There’s a whole load of stuff to be posted soon (with any luck) about commuting and kit. My other bike is built around a Kinesis Racelight. Which is OK, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite frame ever - it’s VERY compact.

Posted by Simon Clayson on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 17:35 GMT

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Well cool!  I can’t wait to hear about it.  I just subscribed to make sure I hear about it.

About the Kinesis, the ones I’ve seen are pretty darn compact but depending upon body geometry that can be good.

Posted by Chris Di Re on Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 07:12 GMT

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I used to work in a bike shop and pannier bag sold like mad. A few suggestions for other accessories we used to sell a lot of.

1) Frame fixed Pump Saves your life in emergency.
2) Saddle Bag for all your tools and a spare tube or two.
3) Multitool for the Saddle Bag
4) Speedometor, makes you feel beter to see your miles done, average speed etc.

Posted by Craig on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 at 15:58 GMT

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Yup, I work at a bike shop right now.  Those are typically the first things I mention for customers to pick up at the point of sale.  In addition, lube and a patch kit are essentials!

As for me, well I race so I ditch the saddle bag and use C02.  I just throw everything in the jersey pockets and all of my statistical information is stored in my SRM.  (my favorite bike accessory, EVER.)

Posted by Chris Di Re on Thursday, February 07, 2008 at 21:26 GMT

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cycling to work is a good way to stay fit and save the enviroment although i personnaly skate board to work, and any web designer who considers them selves cool should take on this form of transport. u will be the envy of ur fellow designers who will see u in a new light also buy a baseball cap and turn it at an awkard angle to really reap the benefits.

Posted by web design cheltenham on Monday, February 18, 2008 at 16:26 GMT

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As for me, well I race so I ditch the saddle bag and use C02.  I just throw everything in the jersey pockets and all of my statistical information is stored in my SRM.  (my favorite bike accessory, EVER.)

Posted by battery pack on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 01:25 GMT

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That’s the beauty of being able to carry your laptop on your bike…must feel really free to travel as you have your bike and your baby, aka laptop wink. I know that’s all I would need.

Posted by mmo on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 14:48 GMT

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you should ride a segway to work lol.

Posted by Jon Blake on Monday, April 07, 2008 at 16:15 GMT

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