Hello all. I just moved to So Cal and am starting a new job tomorrow. I plan to make a life change and commute to work. It is going to be initially a tough ride about 12 miles with some sizable 400-500 watt climbs. There are, however, some very fast long sections as well. I am torn about which bike to use and how to accessorize it.
Intially I was going to use my Langster set-up in SS mode with a 42-16, but I think the hills day-in and day-out will destroy me. So, my choices are my road bike which doesn't have eyelets in the rear or my mountain bike which I'll have to check for eyelets (98 C-dale F2000). I would like to have a rear rack and bags (panniers) for food and for some fresh clothes and other misc supplies. Obviously, I'll be faster on my road bike, but what kind of rack could I get? I dropped by a Performance bike and they had some rear racks that bolt on to the seatpost. Should I be weary of this since my seatpost (Easton EA30) is already probably crying since I weigh around 220 clothed? Off the top of my head, I am not sure if my mountain bike has rear eyelets either. I'll check, but it isn't nearby (storage unit). Naturally, if I do use the mountain bike, I'll get some slicks for it.
Thanks for thoughts...I gotta run to orientation now...wish I had more time to read old posts......