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New bike, add a rack?

Old 09-12-07, 10:27 AM
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New bike, add a rack?

I picked up a pair of Cannondale Synapse Sport 4's last week, primarily for my wife to commute on and me to go fast on. I put a rack on hers and she really liked it on her first commute (21mi RT), and I couldn't be happier

I rode mine in today and am still amazed at how much faster it is than the MB with slicks!!! with little effort, I was within 30 sec of my personal best on the commute time

the question is, do I put a rack on mine too and potentially allow the MB to collect dust, or keep this one rackless and use it on the weekends to go fast and train for a century???

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Old 09-12-07, 10:34 AM
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In the end, you do what you want to do. The best commuter bike in the world is one that you absolutely love to ride. Whether it's an MTB, a racy road bike, a junkyard beater, or a 70's beast seemingly made from gas pipe is irrelevant.

I'd also argue that putting a rack on it won't slow you down any when you're having fun racing on the weekends, but it would be a waste of cash if you'd rather be commuting on your MTB.
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Put a normal rack on it, not a seatpost rack. You will still be able to go plenty fast, and certainly to train for a century.
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Old 09-12-07, 11:32 AM
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I run a front a rear rack on my commuters even though I rarely use the front. When I take those rear bags off to just for a ride ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmm.

You could rude the MB once a week because it'll be a different ride, either that or use it a bad weather my main bike is in the shop bike.
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Commute with a back pack for a while and see if its not too much hassle. Some cyclists get pretty hot/sweaty backs. I did the back pack thing for a few months before becoming a rack/pannier convert and haven't looked back. But then I use my old 89 Schwinn "rackless" road bike for weekend rides. Guess I didn't help much, did I
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