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Update on bike rack and panniers...here's what I ended up with.

Started this thread as a follow-up to my previous thread where I was seeking for advice on a rack and panniers for commuting. A couple of days ago I picked up a 2014 Cannonade Bad Boy (lower end model) for $350 off of Craigslist. Previous owner said he only rode it once and the XL frame was too big for him at 5'11", but is perfect for me at 6'2" tall. The bike literally looks brand new, came with some nice Shimano SPD's, front and rear fenders and a Specialized Romin Evo Ti saddle, all for $350. I wanted to outfit the bike as cheap as possible, but at the same time didn't want to cut corners to where I skimped on quality and would need to replace something I skimped on upfront that would end up costing me more down the line.

Picked up some Ortlieb Back Roller Classics. Was on the fence between these and a set of Axiom panniers. The Ortlieb's were almost double the cost of the Axioms, but given all the excellent reviews I read about them and the fact that they ticked off all my requirements...spacious, weather/waterproof, simple mounting hardware/easy on and off the bike, and a shoulder strap, meant they were the best option.

I ended up with the Topeak Explorer rack that was disc brake compatible. I can understand why others in the other thread asked why someone would go with this rack if they weren't going to use the compatible Topeak luggage that locks onto the rack. However, I think the rack is absolutely functional and practical even if you don't use the Topeak luggage, and was readily available and on sale locally. It wasn't easy finding a disc-compatible rack locally that didn't cost an arm and a leg. This one was just under $44, and couldn't have been easier to install. Literally took minutes, feels very secure and works well with the Ortlieb panniers which I adjusted to be as far back as possible so there's no chance of hitting my size 12 shoes on them. Speaking of shoes I'll be using an old pair of Teva mountain biking shoes for now. They're super comfy and get the job sone.

Aside from the above mentioned items I also picked up a set of Ergon GP3 grips, front and rear USB rechargeable lights (not for lighting my way, instead just to be seen by motorists and to comply with the local laws), new SPD cleats for my shoes (old ones were rusted real bad), and a couple tubes (already have tools, tire levers, etc.). Also picked up a small cable to girth hitch around the seat rail that will go through my lock when I lock the bike up as a deterrent to keep the seat from getting stolen. I have a Kryptonite u-lock and chain I'll be using. They Ergon grips look kind of stupid, but they're darn comfy and a huge, practical upgrade compared to the stock grips that came on the bike. Have no desire to upgrade any of the components on the bike aside form MAYBE a new set of tires that are puncture resistant.

So all in all, the grand total was just over $700 for the bike and all the accessories I added on. More than I wanted to spend, but don't thing it's too bad given the face that I got the bike and all the accessories for what one of these bikes cost new alone, and a new Bay Boy doesn't come with the fenders, upgraded saddle and SPD pedals.

Here's a pic of the before and after of the bike.



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