And I'm going to attempt it with my current bike. Much as I'd love to get a new one, with the wife out of work for the past 7 months and my own employment situation murky with the bankruptcy and possible buyout, I've got to conserve as much of my tax refund as possible.
Since the gouge at the gas pump is only going to get worse, I'm gonna attempt the longer commute in the evenings. I figure every calorie burned is worth not paying over a c-note to fill up the SUV.
What I need is some (inexpensive) recommendations for some upgrades to make this a bit more tolerable, not to mention sane.
I need new grips, a decent front blinky, rear blinkies (my Cherrybomb keeps trying to fall off the bag), and rain gear. I plan on getting a new rack and will probably get a expanding trunk bag w/drop down panniers. I also need pointers on how to pack 'light'. And I'm really going to have to get a new saddle. And inflation...