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Old 01-02-08, 07:26 PM   #1
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no rack, no pannier - are you sure you are commuting?

I was asked this question today by a guy who apparently lugs half his belongings with him. My bike has no pannier, no rack and is in exact same form I use it for CX. Am I considered a commuter or just a "guy who rides his bike to work"?
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Old 01-02-08, 07:32 PM   #2
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There is a difference between a commuter and a "guy who rides his bike to work"? He is just jealous that you can get by without looking like a bike nerd.
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I was asked this question today by a guy who apparently lugs half his belongings with him. My bike has no pannier, no rack and is in exact same form I use it for CX. Am I considered a commuter or just a "guy who rides his bike to work"?
A guy who rides his bike to work is a commuter.
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I've seen people commute riding full suspension bikes wearing baggy clothes, camel backs, and full helmets. They're still commuters; silly commuters perhaps.
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A guy who rides his bike to work is a commuter.

Anyone who lives in one place, works in another, and travels between the two is a commuter.
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Definition of commuting - Commuting is the process of travelling between a place of residence and a place of work.

Like mentioned above the guy is probably wishing he can commute without carrying all that stuff he has.
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My bike has no pannier, no rack and is in exact same form I use it for CX.
Ditto! I use a backpack
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Backpack here. I rarely find a need to carry more than a change of clothes, my lock, some tools and assorted pocket items. If I really need to carry more, I take the train or a zipcar.
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I use panniers, but it's mostly empty. Some days I've got nothing on me but an ATM card to buy a sub at lunch with. Usually I brown bag it though, so there's lunch. And almost always I carry a phone (turned off, just for emergencies) and a camera. I don't carry a lock or anything like that. Sometimes I'll have some fresh clothes or something in there. Maybe even a whole new 8 pack of soda. So it can vary from a credit card to 30 pounds of stuff in 2 panniers. But typically it's one pannier half full, and I could see, especially in the summer, riding around with almost nothing.
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I run a mess bag. Big deal. Sounds like the fellow has some personal concerns. Pity his family.
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clean bike with back pack for me - dislike fiddling with mudguards and racks more than I dislike an occasionally damp ass
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I used to carry too much stuff between work and home, but no longer.

In fact, my summer commuter is a single-speed with airfree tires, so I carry absolutely nothing most days

I like the freedom of less... which is why most of us bike, yeah?
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Sounds like he might be a little jealous that he can't keep everything he will need at work like you and I do.
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At most I haul my rack trunk and a handlebar bag. No panniers, no backpack, no huge amounts of stuff. I drive once a week to replenish my locker with clothes for the week, and all I have to haul each day is my lunch.
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No panniers for me, and I bike commute 3-4 days a week. I use a large seatbag (Carradice Barley), but occasional commute on one of my better road bikes with a smaller seatbag. The days that I drive, I replenish clothes and other supplies although I can carry a surprising amount of gear in the Barley.
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The very least I'd carry is a small repair kit and first aid kit. Which is half a pannier. I can get by with a saddle bag if it's just a flat repair kit.
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So really all you guys that are not hauling all your stuff to the office everyday... you have jobs that provide uniforms... or what?

Or you actually drive one day a week... meaning you have to have a car to haul your clothing?

What is the secret you are not actually telling?
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So really all you guys that are not hauling all your stuff to the office everyday... you have jobs that provide uniforms... or what?

Or you actually drive one day a week... meaning you have to have a car to haul your clothing?

What is the secret you are not actually telling?
I use one pannier with my clothes for the day and my lunch as well as a small tool kit. It could fit in a backpack so I could do without the rack, but I prefer the pannier especially in the summer. The rack also gives me the flexibility to carry more if I desire.

I have a locker in the gym near my office and I keep toiletries and my shoes in it, as well as a spare set of clothes in case I forget to bring something with me in the morning. I don't usually have to wear a suit at work, but I keep one in my office in case I need to wear one. There are dry-cleaners near my office when I need to have it cleaned.

I'm fortunate to have space to store things at work that I might need. But really, I don't keep that much stuff in my office and what I need to carry on a daily basis goes right with me on the commute.
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So really all you guys that are not hauling all your stuff to the office everyday... you have jobs that provide uniforms... or what?

Or you actually drive one day a week... meaning you have to have a car to haul your clothing?

What is the secret you are not actually telling?
I've got a back room job... fixing computers. And my commute doesn't make me sweat excessively.
I think it also has to do with your body... I rarely stink up or have a need to change clothing due to sweat.
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I would have told him to mind his own F'ing business.
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I think I was carrying half my wardrobe in my messenger bag yesterday. Hadn't commuted in sometime and could not remember what to wear at what temps. Plus, I wanted to experiment in using street clothes for my shorter winter commute.

Anyhow, you know what they say about opinions. Just like [fill in the blank] everyone has one.
I would ignore the fool.
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So really all you guys that are not hauling all your stuff to the office everyday... you have jobs that provide uniforms... or what?

Or you actually drive one day a week... meaning you have to have a car to haul your clothing?

What is the secret you are not actually telling?

My Barley seatbag will easily hold a shirt, t-shirt, socks and pants if I need them -- plus my lunch, cell phone, glasses, and tools, etc. I leave a pair of shoes in my office as well as a towel, soap and shampoo, and several pairs of pants. So I really don't have to carry much on any given day. Once a week, I usually drive and take home my dirty laundry and bring in a fresh towel or pants if I need them, and some snack food. I usually need my truck at least one day a week to run other errands as well, such as going by the bank or the post office, so driving is not an issue.
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So really all you guys that are not hauling all your stuff to the office everyday... you have jobs that provide uniforms... or what?

Or you actually drive one day a week... meaning you have to have a car to haul your clothing?

What is the secret you are not actually telling?
About once a week I strap a gym bag with microwave lunches, snacks, and clothing to my rear rack. The bag probably weighs about 20 pounds at least, which added to a bike that weighs about 40 pounds itself makes the total ride a bit of a pig. But, that leaves me unloaded the rest of the week and allows me to not worry about packing stuff every day.

It's especially nice in summer when I ride my road bike with nothing but a seatpack with the bare essentials 4 days a week.
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So really all you guys that are not hauling all your stuff to the office everyday... you have jobs that provide uniforms... or what?

Or you actually drive one day a week... meaning you have to have a car to haul your clothing?

What is the secret you are not actually telling?
I ride a Dutch-style bike, wearing my office clothing. I do have a rack and use it to carry my rain gear.

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Lights and fenders, that is all that differentiates my bike when I commute versus fun rides. In the summer, I even ride the race bike. Backpack all the way here every day, year round. 14 miles each way. I have never tried a rack, but personally think they are somewhat nerdy.
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