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    2010 Specialized Allez Comp as Commuter Bike

    He bought Specialized Allez because it was shiny and new (funny how that'll happen) and we lived a little too far to commute to work and just wanted to go on long weekend rides. Now, we live closer to work making it <10 mile ride each way. That said, the boyfriend wants to add a commuter rack to carry his gigantor size 13 dress shoes and dress attire (backpack just doesn't cut it), however, his Allez Comp doesn't have a braze-on mount OR any eyelets on the frame. As the guy at REI said 'There's typically a reason that the bike manufacturer didn't put those there' and I'm trying to figure out why, or if there is anyway around it, or if a seat mount is the way to go (on a seatpost that is "Carbon wrapped alloy, two-bolt clamp, 27.2mm".....whatever the heck that means, but someone mentioned carbon getting bent)

    Anyone out there have any suggestions how to get some type of rack to carry his work attire on his bike and not his back?

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    The girlfriend that doesn't know much about bikes




    **Update** It's a 2010 Allez Comp, NOT 2011 (as the title describes). Don't think it makes much difference, but figured I'd mention.
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    The best thing to do is buy another bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
    The best thing to do is buy another bike.
    +1, if we had the room. Any other thoughts? (Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.... love the internet world )

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    I have one that takes a rack. Bought it last week for $200

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    Maybe a different Allez model (elite, sport, etc.)? I can't find any braze-on mounts....but I could be blind or an idiot. I'd like to be the former.


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    race bikes are not commuting bikes
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    What's with the naysayers today? You can commute on anything Hard to search on the phone .. look up carradice bags. Fit on the seatpost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdembrun View Post
    Maybe a different Allez model (elite, sport, etc.)? I can't find any braze-on mounts....but I could be blind or an idiot. I'd like to be the former.


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    Comps don't have rack mounts.

    I also have a Comp.

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    I have a 2005 Allez that I used to commute on all the time and it worked just fine. It does have eyelets for a rack but they're not necessary if you have the right rack:

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    This one is called the "Axiom Streamliner Road DLX". The legs mount to the axle and the top/front mounts behind the brake caliper. One potential problem for your boyfriend is his big feet. The Allez has short chain stays. The rack above compensates for that but if your boyfriend is planning on using panniers he could have trouble with his heels banging into them. Some panniers allow you to shift them up and back. Again, the streamliner might take care of it but I just wanted you to be aware.

    One option for his size 13 dress shoes is to leave a pair at work and not carry them back and forth every day.
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    Depending on the geometry, he may experience heel strike with larger panniers, but that's putting the cart before the horse.

    I'd suggest that you talk to Wayne here- http://thetouringstore.com/. I'm sure he'll be able to set you up with a Tubus rack and tell you the best way to mount it without harming the frame.
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    I commute on my 2011 sometimes.(summer)
    Backpack with change of clothes,lunch, etc. Saddlebag with tubes, & tools.
    I tried a seat post mounted rack but its garbage, backpack is all I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    rdembrun[/B];16305603]That said, the boyfriend wants to add a commuter rack to carry his gigantor size 13 dress shoes and dress attire (backpack just doesn't cut it).
    For this application I woudn't be too quick to sell the backpack short. As noted above, he can (should) leave his shoes at work. That done, there are lots of excellent cycling-specific backpacks (and some that aren't cycling-specific) that will work well.

    This decision is, of course, based on personal preferance. I commute with a backpack and really like it. My wife commutes with panniers and hates using a backpack.

    So I'm just sayin' the backpack may be worth a try at least . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    For this application I woudn't be too quick to sell the backpack short. As noted above, he can (should) leave his shoes at work. That done, there are lots of excellent cycling-specific backpacks (and some that aren't cycling-specific) that will work well.

    This decision is, of course, based on personal preferance. I commute with a backpack and really like it. My wife commutes with panniers and hates using a backpack.

    So I'm just sayin' the backpack may be worth a try at least . . .

    Rick / OCRR
    Yes, there are lots of ways to solve this problem short of getting another bike. One guy at work used to leave a couple of sport coats and a some ties in the office and just bring pants and shirts in each day. Other people will drive once a week and bring all their clothes in then. You have to have a place to keep them though.
    If you're not riding with a psychedelic gecko on your shirt, you ARE having a substandard experience.

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    Skewer (axle) mounted rack as posted above will work fine. I commute on an Allez with no problems, 20 miles each way through Honolulu. I use Velo Transit panniers and I love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
    The best thing to do is buy another bike.
    I didn't even need to read the OP to know this is true. You could post this in any thread and be right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdembrun View Post
    +1, if we had the room. Any other thoughts? (Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.... love the internet world )
    It was sarcasm .

    But really, get him another bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    What's with the naysayers today? You can commute on anything Hard to search on the phone .. look up carradice bags. Fit on the seatpost.
    I second that. Commuting shouldn't require strict rules. It's just commuting.
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    I have a Jamis Ventura Comp that I occasionally commute on, and I just throw my stuff in a backpack. I think the idea of leaving a pair of shoes at work is a good one, if they are too big to fit in a backpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
    The best thing to do is buy another bike.
    Yup.

    Get a Folding bike if space is an issue.

    I commute on mine occasionally.


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    New bikes bring great joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
    New bikes bring great joy.
    All bikes bring me joy!
    New bikes a bit more.
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    The Carry Freedom City is a Lovely bike Trailer , Imported from Scotland ..
    I has a sling bag that will carry bubble toed shoes and a whole Tuxedo if you wish.
    that bag pops out , and the trailer folds Flat..

    I have the hitch* on My Brompton, that also folds , though not so Flat.

    http://www.carryfreedom.com/city.html

    * will fit most QR axles.

    demo vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELYblfA9JqE

    heres a picture of the bag supporting a rubbermaid bin.

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    I don't know if the 2010 is any different but my 2013 Allez has holes on the bottom for a rack.
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    I wouldn't touch anything Specialized right about now.

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    What about the Fuji Roubaix?
    Or Paris Roubaix?
    I hope they don't go after every major airport for using the term Tarmac!

    Its funny they call them US bike "Giant" Specialized.
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