Bianchi Sempre Pro with a pannier rack?
I recently bought a Bianchi Sempre Pro and am very happy with it.
However, I am also a commuter and would like to replace my old commuting bike. There are pannier racks out there that can be fitted to a road bike with no rack mounts (e.g. http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...iner-road-dlx/) but is the Sempre Pro strong enough to carry a pannier bag on a daily basis that could range between 10kg to 40 kg?
I have heard positive things mentioned about the construction of the Sempre Pro and how it is stronger than most other carbon bikes such as on this website http://www.competitivecyclist.com/bi...mpre-pro-frame
The paragraph below is from this site:
"Bianchi has incorporated a few proprietary construction methods to the Sempre's carbon design. For one, it's been made stronger by using Bianchi's Carbon NanoTube technology. This process involves adding nano-scaled particles to the resin. By doing so, the particles reduce the microcopic gaps between the resin and the fibers of the carbon. Ultimately, this increases the strength and fracture-resistance by 49% compared to using standard epoxy resin systems."
But does that make the Sempre Pro able to carry a potentially heavy pannier rack?
Please note that I usually cycle on a flat bike path for about 2 hours each day.
Beats the heck out of me but I were commuting on a nice race bike, I'd leave as much stuff as possible at work and then use a messenger bag or a backpack. Keep the bike simple and call it a day. It also sounds like it might be N+1 time; a vintage old school racing or sports touring bike with eyelets would probably make a better commuter. But sometimes life is too short not to ride exactly the bike you want to ride in exactly the way you want to. So go for it.
+1 for backpack.
Clip on and off fenders for rain, OK. Rack...umm...free yourself and feel some speed with the new bike.
Revelate Design bags don't require racks, it's an option to consider.
N+1, I'd get a second bike and shop from the rack mount fittings forward.
though If your fork will accept mudguards, and has mountings for them, tip eyelets...I dont see such [black on black picture didn't help]
NB There are QR skewer supported racks . this one goes on front,
a clever use of rubber lined P clamps and a significant mount of tape
around your fork blades and it Can work. I've seen some kludges on CF forks
of Bike tourists setups, as they cycle down the Oregon coast..
a front rack is also nice.. I have 2 bikes that front load , but have no rear rack..
Reduce.. Carry the stuff in a thumb drive instead of hauling the laptop
Last edited by fietsbob; 12-20-13 at 01:11 PM.
40 kilograms and two hours a day? That is a load for a cargo bike or trailer. If you go the back pack route even 10 kilos will be a heavy load. I think another bike is in order or maybe rethink how much you carry to work.
I wouldn't risk it with 40 kgs...
Missed that, 88 pounds , +1 on the trailer .. I tried a 1 wheel BoB , they are often towed by bike tourists
some behind Road bikes , riding down the Coast.
for Utility I prefer 2 wheel trailers.. many use the left rear axle QR end to mount the hitch.