Hi all! I commute from downtown Champaign (IL) onto campus for my classes at the University of Illinois. I usually carry my laptop, maybe a few books and some food with me when I go in for the day. I would like to get a rack for my bike and some bags/baskets to go along with it. I also frequently make runs to the grocery store on my bike. I've been wearing my backpack to take care of hauling stuff, but it would be a lot easier if I had something on my bike that enables me to carry a more balanced load - it's rough having it all on my back!
I have a Schwinn Voyager 21. I'll post a picture later if I remember to snap one when I ride later tonight. I just have a few questions about getting a rack and bags for my bike. How do I know which rack is right for me and what I want to carry? Can I assemble and fasten it to my bike myself? Then, how do I know which bags/baskets will fit the rack? Is there a rack I can buy that will hold both bags and baskets, in case I ever change my mind between the two?
Thank you for any help!!