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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-08-14, 05:35 PM   #1
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Fixed Gear Commuter Bikes

We are all use to seeing our FG/SS bikes without much on them. For those of us who use these bikes for commuting, what accessories do you use?
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Old 08-08-14, 06:37 PM   #2
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Old 08-08-14, 06:50 PM   #3
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I use a Long Haul Trucker when I need to haul more **** than I can fit in my jersey pockets and/or if its raining. Otherwise I ride the FG.
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Old 08-08-14, 07:08 PM   #4
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Old 08-08-14, 08:47 PM   #5
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Platform pedals with toe clips are good if you want to avoid having to change shoes. Also comfortable clothes for biking if you don't change outfits as well.

Fenders are important to keep oneself presentable but that can be achieved in other ways.
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Old 08-09-14, 04:03 AM   #6
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Carrie(Topeak) on the bike. Pannier (Deuter Rack Pack II) to go on the carrier. Bloody bright light on the front (1500 lumens - it melts car tyres if I leave it pointing in the wrong direction) and a very good rear blinky. I only ever use toe clips for all my riding. Mudguards (what you call fenders) on one bike, not on the other.

Mind you, on really cold and wet days ... and when I'm lazy ... I use an MG ZR160, can't beat those four wheels and the heater.
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Old 08-09-14, 04:40 AM   #7
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specialized touring elites with Shimano m540 pedals
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Old 08-09-14, 06:45 AM   #8
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Backpack or panniers, I usually sport the backpack till I've had enough with having giant sweat spots on my back during the summer. Beyond that most of my bikes have an asortment of racks,fenders, and baskets. Always carry enough locks around to pass "Hal grades your bike locking" with flying colors and two sets of lights for night riding since that is when I do most of my riding.
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Old 08-09-14, 07:30 AM   #9
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Ortlieb Velocity backpack:



Or my awesome Rickshaw Commuter 2.1 (mine's a custom color though):

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Old 08-09-14, 10:49 AM   #10
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DeMartini original, Chrome Berlin, YNot Junction, Saddleback thin, Camelbak Mule, cheapy surplus rucksack.


Not pictured are my PAC bag, and my ReLoad bag.
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Old 08-09-14, 11:04 AM   #11
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Seems a perfect thread to semi hijack by asking this, those of you with LARGE feet, what messenger bag actually is big enough to stow your walking shoes in and your other gear? I've yet to find one.
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Old 08-09-14, 02:45 PM   #12
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Chrome metropolis? If you can't fit your shoes and gear in there then something is wrong.

I use a mw medium size double strap bag. Forgot the name of it. A nine inch u lock, a pair of rain booties, rain jacket, front and rear knob lights, tool roll with a tube, patch kit, mini pump, fifteen mm, a multi Allen key and a knife. If it's not July or August I'll usually have fenders on the bike to
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Old 08-09-14, 03:33 PM   #13
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Seems a perfect thread to semi hijack by asking this, those of you with LARGE feet, what messenger bag actually is big enough to stow your walking shoes in and your other gear? I've yet to find one.
Re Load Courier size will def fit everything you need. It's around 3600 cubic inches.
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Old 08-12-14, 11:30 AM   #14
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I normally just ride with my Dakine heli-pro backpack. I used to ride with my Chrome Metropolis but prefer riding with a backpack even though it fits a little less stuff.
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Old 08-12-14, 12:32 PM   #15
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In commuter mode, my SSCX bike has 28mm Armadillos, full SKS fenders, Planet Bike blinkie, a superbright Chinese knockoff CREE light, and frame pump. I used a Marmot Urban Hauler backpack, but I really need to get a decent rack.
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Old 08-12-14, 01:52 PM   #17
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Old 08-12-14, 03:04 PM   #18
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Are we making a Wes Anderson film?
No, when I lived in NYC I always had a hatchet with me, too.

The rest of the items must be for when he's in North Jersey.
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Old 08-12-14, 03:11 PM   #19
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c.2002 Gilles Berthoud gray cotton musette bag for my work stuff, worn cinched high up on my back on those occasions when I ride my stripped down Gitane to work; usually the bag and its contents are stuffed into the capacious Carradice Nelson on my be-fendered Mercian.

Both bikes have blinky rear lights at all times, btw.
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Old 08-12-14, 04:04 PM   #20
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Lights and blinkies, fenders in the winter - work stuff in a backpack, bike stuff in a trunk bag.

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Old 08-12-14, 04:10 PM   #21
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I use Trek's quick release panniers and top bag to carry my work clothes and other stuff.
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Old 08-13-14, 01:45 AM   #22
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A decent front light, cree xml-t6 blub, 26650 battery. $2 rear blinky. A brass bell. Fenders in winter. Seat bags. With the heat of summer not all the time, but some times I'll still use my chrome bag. Pump, tube, patch kit, multi-tool, change of cloths and shoes, deodorant, frisbee, sometimes a few other things.

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Old 08-29-14, 08:57 PM   #23
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I've been commuting with my Fyxation Eastside for the last half of the summer. Just some Knog lights on the front and back, and my stuff in a Chrome Barrage backpack.




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Old 08-30-14, 09:38 AM   #24
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I use a backpack to carry my laptop and some extras but I like having a basket on my bike too for after work stops at the store & whatnot. I actually found a use for those eyelets on the Kilo TT front fork lol.

Other things I find useful for commuting are upright bars, (currently Jitensha Studio flat bars) ergo grips, a bell, lights, a flat kit, a pump, and a rear fender. 700x28c tires are nice too.

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Old 08-30-14, 09:45 AM   #25
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I picked up a Poler rolltop bag for cheap on the Clymb. Plenty of room for a full change of clothes, bike stuff and size 14 shoes.



Hasn't fallen apart yet either...
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