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Old 07-24-08, 10:01 PM   #1
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Need help gathering equipments for commuting and weekend adventure bike


I currently ride a Cannondale F300 mountain bike to commute from home to work that's about 30 mile round trip in the San Fernando Valley located in California. It's fairly flat and doesn't rain much at all. I have a bike set up with lights, extra tube with equipments to change tube, lock, rear rack, avenir panniers, rear pack. I'm interested in getting Arkel T42 panniers to replace my Avenir panniers b/c I hit my heels on the panniers, and it pisses me off. I like how Arkel T42 are adjustable to fit the rack. I was wondering what other equipments you suggest me to get. I want to start riding my bike on weekends too for fun. So, throw me some ideas of things to get. Thanks for reading.
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Heel strike is an issue mainly of frame geometry and might be unavoidable for your bike.

Otherwise, you look all set. If you are riding pavement and light trails only, you might want to have slicks instead of knobby tires.
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I would say, narrow slicks for road riding. But if it was me, I'd probably get a second bike. That way, I wouldn't have to change tires for the weekend. Oh, it's not a bad Friday night chore to get ready for Saturday's riding--but when you start changing tires, removing racks and other stuff not needed for the trail, I'm going to guess it'll get less fun to do. At least for me it would.

Only other thing I could say is "fenders", even if it doesn't rain that often.
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If heel strike is an issue, look for a pannier with a heel-cutout profile (slanted front edge). You may also be riding cranks too long. Quick-release, locking pannier mounts (not hook and elastic) are the way to go.
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