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?
"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.
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
Rivendell Sam Hillborne, Brompton S/M3L (modified)
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.