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    Only new once

    My new bike begins its commuting routine today. I have always found that my bikes suffer more wear and tear from commuting than from touring.
    So here goes my shiny new bike into the dirty city streets that are filled with potholes. I live 10k outside of the city so most of my commute is nice.
    For those that commute on their touring bikes, do you the front panniers or the rear?
    I was thinking of using just the smaller front bags.

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    That is a good looking bike. I've really like the looks of the Sherpa 30s that people have posted.
    Surly Cross Check, Thorn Sherpa

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    That's a beautiful bike. I bet it would look sweet with the Brooks bar tape...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    For those that commute on their touring bikes, do you the front panniers or the rear?
    Nice bike -- I commute using front panniers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwgride View Post
    Nice bike -- I commute using front panniers.
    I have never ridden with just the front but I am assuming it should be as stable, or even more so then just the rear.
    I need to haul quite a bit of stuff so the fronts will be full as they are only 25L Axiom Monsoons.

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    Nice bike - Something classic about black. Usually just use backpack and rear rack pack. If I have some groceries then I'll use the rear panniers.
    "No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." - Zen saying.

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    You can use the smaller front bags on the front or rear racks if you don't need the volume of larger panniers. Try it both ways and you can determine which you prefer better.

    If I'm just carrying two panniers I tend to put them on the rear.

    Nice looking bike....
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    I've come to the conclusion that unless I'm mounting a rack pack, I'd use rears for aerodynamics.

    I agree with von zipper, those Rocky Mountain bikes have grown on me. Great looking ride.
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