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    Senior Member MrCjolsen's Avatar
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    I think I've been commuting too much...

    I got on my bike today at lunch and headed to Jamba Juice. As I rode my bike unladen for the first time in a while, I thought "This things's a little twitchy without 20 pounds of whatever in the panniers. Maybe it just rides better with some ballast"

    What would all those roadies think.

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    Pretty amazing how far and how fast you can go when you're not loaded down w/ your regular commuting load.
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    I love the unburdened errand. Some weekends, I even take off the rack and leave the heavy ulock at home and go for a speed spin. It's a good thing!

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    true, true...

    Every once in a while I do a "burden free" ride on my commuter and it's shocking. I carry a lot of stuff in with me every day. I also did a couple of rides on my road bike this weekend. I actually felt myself wanting to slow down a bit because it just seemed so fast a couple of times- it wasn't really all that fast, which basically shows how slow I've been going.

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    burden-free fun rides are the best. it's amazing how much faster and longer you can go without 5-10 pounds of extra stuff on you.

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    It's just that? Oh thank God! For a second I thought you were riding riding to work three or four times a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by o-dog
    burden-free fun rides are the best. it's amazing how much faster and longer you can go without 5-10 pounds of extra stuff on you.
    5-10 lbs!- I wish. I'm such a pack rat with my commute it's probably close to 25 lbs of stuff.

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    I mostly travel with a backpack full off stuff and I have to say, for some reason it feels like lighter pedling with something on my back than with panniers! Then, the obvious, when the backpack is gone, it feels like you're floating and about to take off or something in that nature. It's amazing what influence weight has, also reason for nice light frames and wheels!
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    I hear you! God knows how much my bike weighs. It's not light to begin with ('06 Hardrock sport with suspension forks still on) and I have to carry all sorts. Including enough drinking water, tea/coffee and food for the day, heavy coat in the winter, d lock, books and sometimes tools. I need a more suitable bike

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    With me, it's the Trail-A-Bike. Feels amazing to remove the thing after a summer of dropping my daughter of at day camp on the way to work.

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    Its bad when your MTB feels light... Well, in comparison to the 30lb unloaded weight of my "commuter" plus the probably 10-15 lbs of lights, battery, tools, and clothes for the day. I guess the 25lb MTB is pretty light,
    Enjoy the ride.

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