Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Washington DC area
Bikes: Fuji Thrill
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Well, I suppose I should say wannabe commuter. Unfortunately, my bike just doesn't want to be a commuter. Last year, I rode into work a few times, but this year I decided I really wanted to do it more often, and set about gearing up. My dad bought me some panniers, and I set out to get a rack to mount them on. Only, my 2005 Fuji Thrill wants to be a mountain bike, and mountain bike only, so it doesn't have any braze-on mount points. With its disc brakes, it doesn't even have any eyelets to screw in near the axle either. I tried a seatpost mounted rack, but it's just not stable enough to handle my stuff, it kept rubbing the tires with any sideways motion on the bike.
So, I'm left with few options. I could buy an Old Man Mountain rack at $100-150. I could use the (big) two-person trailer that is usually for my kids to ride in. Or, ditch the mountain bike and buy a "real" commuter bike. I originally got the mountain bike a few years ago back when some of the guys at work were regularly trail riding, but we haven't done that in a while, so it is still an option.
Anyway, I'll be hanging around, checking out the forums and the archives, looking for more options, so feel free to hit me up if you have any ideas.