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Old 08-02-06, 07:10 AM   #1
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Old Trek Fixie, need baggage advice

I recently picked up a old steel Trek road bike, a '81 614 to be exact. I've been fixed gear curious for a while, so to make a long story short, it's now wearing 40 x 15 (soon to be 40 x 17), fixed and I am loving it!

I plan this bike to be yin to the yang of my Breezer. I wanted something completely different from the Breezer to ride on occassion, to keep my commuting fresh and interesting. For me this means keeping the bike light (ma Breezer is a tank), it also means keeping the fixie simple and clean. I'm not into the hipster fixie thing, so I don't care about my water bottle cage, braze-ons, super low stem/handlebars ect. I did take off the rear brake, and switched the front brake to the right hand side. Currently it's only wearing a small seat wedge back (barely fits a tube, levers, and co2 inflator), a far cry from my trunk bag and pannier equipped Breezer. I also like to keep the fixie looking relatively "cheap" even if the parts are not. The somewhat chipped paint, missing brake, not fancy brake levers, ect keeps it low key.

So on to my questions and solicitation for opinions (mostly)...

I really would like the option to carry a few small things with me on occassion, mostly just lunch (sandwich, fruit, ect). I absolutely hate wearing bags on my back, and for now I'm getting by on the fixie using a small waist-pack. I like to keep bike tools, tubes, and air in a seat bag, so it's always on the bike no matter what. I've considered a larger seat bag (like the Banana Bag from Baggins at Rivendell). It'd be big enough for lunch, but as they say when you attach a bag to a bike you always find stuff to put in it. I'm also considering a small front rack, like the Nitto Mark's Mini Rack (mounted up front) for use in conjunction with the Little Loafer Nigel Smythe bag (again from Rivendell). This option seems most attractive to me because I can take the bag off easily when I don't want to use it, and all I'm left with is a pretty clean looking rack (which I can also bungie things too as needed).

What do ya think? Any other options I should consider? I wonder if the mini rack would look bad on this relatively simple and clean bike (when there is no bag attached to it). Should I just not worry about it and ride with my waist-pack when needed?

Next I'll need to figure out whether the fixie is fender-worthy...
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Old 08-02-06, 07:28 AM   #2
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I took my rack off a couple of years ago. I carry my lunch in the pockets of my bike shirt. Once a week or so, when I'm in town with the car on errands, I drop off a pile of clean work clothes and pick up the laundry. Got a small bag I can carry if I absolutely have to haul something to work on the bike. But I have found that, if you commit to riding light, you'll figure out ways to avoid loading up your rig. Take the rack off and enjoy the ride.
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panniers won't work well, but here's a few ideas
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Rack trunk is a good idea
When the weather is cooler/colder, and I commute, I have to haul more clothing to work, so I almost need one pannier + rack trunk for lunch, tools, etc
After monday, I will leave some clothing (pants, shoes, shirt), but once a week or so, I need room to haul (ina pinch, I can shoe-horn all the stuff into the expandable rack Trunk (it's a Jannd)
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