I began riding to work last week in an attempt to get more riding in, get in better riding shape, and lose some weight. I rode two of the four days I worked and will eventually get to riding three to four of the four days I work. My commute is 14km each way, a couple km in town through a handful of stop signs and traffic lights, then onto the quiet country roads all the way to work in a sleepy little hamlet. Its a quiet and relaxing ride and, for the most part, is free of much traffic.
I'm new to this commuting thing and my setup will more than likely evolve over the next few months as I find out what works well and what does not. So far I am happy with what I've got and it seems to work good.
My Norco CCX3 is setup with the following for my commute:
1)Blackburn Rack. This model is made for use with disc brakes and the lower mount is part of the axle QR. It works quite well and is sturdy.
2)Axiom LaSalle Panniers. I used these for touring years ago and have repurposed them for commuting. They are quite big and should hold all the lunch and clothes I'll need for work.
3) Lights - Magicshine 1000 lumen headlamp. I use this light for night time mountain biking but am also putting it to work for the dark morning part of my commute. MEC LED flashing white light on the fork, used to catch the attention of motorists. I also have a Torch flashing LED rear light, 5 super bright LED's that flash in a pattern similar to an ambulance.
4) Jandd Frame Pack - holds all my bike kit including multitool, pump, tube, patches. Also holds the battery for the Magicshine Light as well as wallet, keys and phone.
Here is a shot of the full setup. This bike is pulling double duty this year as my commuter and as the trailer towing rail trail riding rig that it has been in the past. A truly do it all bike, its my road bike, commuter, gravel grinder, rail trail blaster, and light singletrack slayer. I'll be doing a follow up in the coming months on what works and what does not. I should also hopefully be adding some commuting / urban riding content to the blog as well.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.