Set up for 25 mile college commute on a road bike?
Now that the weather is starting to get nice again I am wanting to commute to school a few days a week on my bike.
I ride a 54 cm Trek 1.5 with (I think) 23 mm tires.
I have about 50 lbs of books to carry, plus ~15-20 lbs for clothes, food, and laptop.
I'm already planning on putting 25 mm tires on to start, I just don't know much about hauling things with me!
I've looked at some racks and panniers and really didn't know what was good, so I figured is ask you guys an gals :D!
Which product would you recommend and why?
Should I look into a backpack that attaches to the rack or just stick with panniers and a book bag inside?
Are mudguards a good idea as well?
My price range is about $2-300 for the rack and whichever pack I choose.
Thanks in advance to everyone!