As you can see from my sig line, I own a few bikes. My favorite is my Windsor Tourist that I've had for some time now. Its my main commuter. This coming year I plan to do some sub-24 hours rides, with my son or solo.
We are a car-lite family. I rarely drive the family car. I commute by bike in all but the worst weather (i.e. this hurrican we having as I type this). This being said, I budget every year to buy a new bike. Except I have come to realize I don't really need another bike. I would like to do some practical upgrades to the Tourist instead.
I want to set this bike up to be an all-around commuter and touring bike, but be able to shed weight quickly so I can ride some recreational/charity rides like centuries.
My current set-up:
Blackburn rear rack. I rotate between a trunk bag and Trans-It panniers as needed.
Blackburn front rack (currently not on the bike)
Headlamp and rear blinky.
Wellgo platforms (will be trying toes clips this week).
Profile Designs Century areobar (my commute is windy, just installed... no comment on this yet).
I am already adding/taking away bags as needed. I thought of upgrading my wheelset. Gearing, shifters and derailers are holding up fine so far. It was suggested I buy a cheap trailer and loose all the bags and racks but that wouldn't work in my current commuting situation.
I would like to hear from others who use the same bike for commuting and touring and what transition it takes to go from one function to the other.