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.