My commuter is a Kilo Stripper and I'm riding it fixed. I carry a Banjo Bros. large messenger bag which is really pretty nice for the price but I'm thinking why should I carry the load when the bike could do it for me. I carry a camera and a couple of lenses and a change of clothes, sometimes other junk but rarely more than that. Probably about 15 pounds at most.
I'm resigned to the fact that my stripper will become a townie. So, the question is, what's better? Front rack (a cetma perhaps) with a bag strapped to it or a rear rack with panniers?
I'd be lying if I said aesthetics didn't matter a little bit but ultimately I want something practical.
Here's the bike as it is set up now.