My rant is actually quite short: why does everything have to be so detachable? There, that was it.
What do you folks do with all your stuff when you're running errands?
Commuting to and from work is ok, I suppose, but sometimes I need to get stuff. For example, I may leave work and go to Wal-Mart for diapers, then to the beer store for, well, beer, then to the video store for a movie. Each time I leave my bike I have take off a bunch of stuff: front light, battery for front light (water bottle battery, I use a Planet Bike Insight 15w), back light (sometimes I use two), water bottle, computer, seat bag (I bought a pump small enough to fit in the seat bag so it's no longer a separate detachable thing), and then the stuff in panniers, usually the day's clothes.
I wrote to the poor folks at Nite-Hawk about a commuter light and they were kind enough to respond, but everything is detachable. So, I thought I'd try to build a geek light so that I only have to remove the battery - the front and rear light would be perm. mounted.
Then I thought I'd sew a little pocket on inside of one of my panniers to house my pump and tire repair stuff. The panniers are locked to my rack right now. I'd try to rig it up so that it wasn't really visible and wouldn't be accessible without unlocking the panniers.
Any other thoughts or suggestions? I'd really like to hear what you do for these multiple-stop rides.
Maybe I'm just carrying too much.