Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Niagara Region, Ontario
Bikes: 08 Jamis Aurora
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I currently ride a department store dual-suspension mountain bike with smooth tires for full-day trips. It sucks in a many ways, but it is do-able. It weighs a ton, I lose lots of energy to the shocks, and I don't have panniers so I have to wear a backpack. That said, a bad day on a bike beats a good day at work.
I spent a lot of time looking at seat-post mounted racks for the back. I even bought one after ensuring that the bottom bracket would have enough clearance even if the main spring compressed fully but I gave up the idea when I took a spill. I noticed that my seat had turned around and that had the rack been installed, the bottom bracket would have gone right into the spokes. Thankfully, my LBS has a pretty generous return policy