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    New Commuter

    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.

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    Carradice saddlebag with a bagman support with quick-release.
    http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/carradice.asp
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    Welcome - and YAY! commuter!

    I personally prefer a mtb as my commuter - my streets stink! I only have a 3 mile ride to work - but as soon as I reach the end of my street - I'm in city traffic - and it gets worse as I get closer to the heart of downtown (where I work). Potholes, sinkholes, glass, the biggest bolts you've ever seen (love to see the city vehicles traveling without those things holding whatever on their vehicles), loose gravel from the flurry of the chipseal paving job the city did on my whole area - it's just freaking nasty. I have to travel a good 5 miles out of the city, carefully, with my roadbike to get any sort of good riding in where I can just concentrate on riding and not avoiding junk/holes in the road, not to mention nasty drivers! I use a small backback myself. Just took off the mtb tires though and put a 1.95 tire on them with a better street worthy tread (4 flats due to glass made me do that) but I have a mtb that's total off road coming so I don't feel too bad about the change. Nothing like changing a tire next to where a factory's smoking break place is and listening to 3 guys, as they smoke, make kissy noises at me while I change the tire. I was proud of myself and never said a bad word, aloud.

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    Thanks for the Carradice suggestion. I hadn't run across that before. Looks cool, but if the bag costs more than the Old Man Mountain rack, I'd be more inclined to just use the panniers I have with that rack. I also ran across some posts referencing Axiom racks that mount to the axle. Anyone care to chime in with experience there?
    Tude, it sounds like you're almost where I want to be. I use a backpack now, but it gets a bit tight (and heavy!) if I try to bring my shoes and everything in, especially around mile 6 of the 7 mile commute. I don't have rough roads, but I do have some spots where I like having a MTB just so I can ride on the gravel shoulder rather than next to 35-40mph cars. Later this summer, I'm definitely getting less knobby tires to ease the commute.
    Thanks for the help and an intro.

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    Hi bigdc, I can't help much with your commuting questions involving panniers or racks, but...I can say

    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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    DC's a good commuting city. If you decide to get a different commuting bike, take a look at the Jamis line. I have a Jamis Coda that was great as a commuter (with a rack--plenty of eyelets) when I lived in DC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    DC's a good commuting city. If you decide to get a different commuting bike, take a look at the Jamis line. I have a Jamis Coda that was great as a commuter (with a rack--plenty of eyelets) when I lived in DC.
    Thanks for the comment. A buddy at work also recommended the Coda, so I've got my eyes peeled on Craigslist for one.

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