Hello, all! Yesterday, I did a 12 mile ride with a buddy of mine around Central Park, and I honestly loved the experience. However, I did it with my fairly heavy North Face book bag carrying ~15 pounds of locks, water, and misc things strapped to my bike for the entire 2 hours. I think I need a rack + cord . The trouble that I am having is that there are a wealth of options my price range of $30 max, and its a bit overwhelming. I am trying to limit my search to Amazon, since I have a Prime subscription. At present, I am considering the Topeak Explorer, Planet Bike Eco Rack Oversized 6061 T6, Ventura Universal Bicycle Carrier Rack, and the M-Wave Alloy Bicycle Carrier Rack (Standard).
I'm also having a similar quandary regarding fenders. I think I've narrowed it down to the SKS Commuter set, as they appear to have the best cost/rating ratio in that price range. Although, I'm not yet sure if I would even want permanent fenders. I do intend to commute after, if not during, periods of inclement weather, so I'm certain I'll need them at some point. Just not sure if I need them as permanent figures during my jaunts through the park.
My bicycle is the 2010 KHS Flite 220. It has 700c x 26 tires, and eyelets for front and rear fender and rear rack.
Any feedback would be appreciated.