Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Novi Sad
Bikes: Custom made on Scott Speedster frame, Custom made on a 1996. steel MTB frame (all but frame changed at least once in the past 20 years).
Originally Posted by lostarchitect
A rear rack is a good, not bad idea. It doesn't make you feel slow in my experience. I feel much better with the weight off my back and on the bike, and I get a lot less sweaty. I honestly think it's a little bizarre to want to carry the weight in a backpack or messenger bag when you don't have to.
When riding aggressively, I always put the backpack on my back, but when riding on pavement, no off road, I prefer to have it tied to the rack, off my back. I guess Scott will feel like the Mule with drop bars, perhaps just a little lighter (and with nicer gearing), and more aero.
I must admit that Tsl's picture of his bike with winter tyres in the snow has made me start considering that setup. Plus the fact that I miss most group rides since I couldn't carry riding clothes to work on the road bike - this will make that possible too (group rides start from the City, while I live 11 km away in the suburbs).