Hi there, first time poster, long time lurker.
Background, I used to be into MTB, and was going on 20+ mi cross country rides every other week. Then life took over and I stopped. We just bought our son his first "real" bike a month ago, and that got me interested in getting back in the saddle. At the same time, I won a 6-mo membership to a local bike commuter place (indoor secure parking & showers!) so I'm wanting to work up to a daily commuter. (see: The Bicycle Cellar)
I Had planned on on just riding my MTB for a while to get back into it, but I injured my back a couple of years ago and I'm finding that I am uncomfortable for a day or two after a commute day, mostly the neck. The rest of me bounces back quickly but I can't seem to bounce back as well in the neck. Curses to you, Father Time!
So, I went to a LBS that carries a few brands of bents and tried out a bunch (6+). I found that I liked the LWBs the best. In fact, the Bacchetta Bella was my favorite. My wallet couldn't afford it, however, but armed with some knowledge and the Internet, I started to do some hardcore research.
After scanning Craigslist for a couple weeks, an EZ-Sport Ltd popped up. They were asking $369, and I thought, if it's even in reasonable condition, it'd be a steal. I went to take a look at it, and oh boy, it was nowhere near reasonable condition. I think it was sitting out in the central AZ sun for a few years. After doing research and some tough negotiations, we made a deal for $250. This weekend, I ordered $200 in parts, which should be here before too long. All told, $450 and some love will net me a pretty sweet ride.
I intend to document the process and will update here with the final result.
In the meantime, I keep going around looking for a way to carry my belongings to/from work. I need to carry my iPad, a full change of clothes & shoes, plenty of water (I'm thinking a 70oz bladder at a min.), and a basic repair kit. To start, I'm gonna just use my backpack, but I'm afraid of the straps, etc getting tangled, along with my current camelbak both strapped to the setback. Clunky, but will get the job done.
Does anyone here have experience with bags on the EZ-Sport? If so, what configuration do you use? What do you like/not like.
I've looked at seat back messenger bags, rear trunk style bags, mid-panniers, etc. About the only things I've ruled out are handlebar bags. I just don't like them.
So, anyone have suggestions on stowage? Or anything else for a noob?
Thanks in advance!