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Old 01-24-13, 06:09 PM
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How much weight do you carry on youre commute?

I carry about 20 to 30 LBS.
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Old 01-24-13, 06:32 PM
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I would guess in the neighborhood of 40 pounds.

I carry a multi-purpose "go" bag, it has anything that I even think I might want or need for the next three days.

I also carry a "weather" bag, it carrys my inclement weather gear.
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Not nearly that much. Just a change of clothes and lunch in panniers and a water bottle. Maybe 8 lbs.
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Originally Posted by SPECELIZEDRIDER View Post
I carry about 20 to 30 LBS.
That's ridiculous. What all do you lug back and forth?
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Originally Posted by SPECELIZEDRIDER View Post
I carry about 20 to 30 LBS.

Under 18.5 pounds total -

15 from my packed Arkel Commuter pannier including laptop, rain cover, less water resistant light shell, rain coat, rain pants, shoe covers, knee warmers, usually a long sleeve jersey if cool weather is predicted and I wore a short sleeve one, work clothes, extra spare tube, and Hotshot 2W LED tail light.

3.5 or less additional spread around from Magic Shine head light that's a pound with battery; 1 pound TiGr lock; half pound frame pump; and I would be real surprised if my wedge pack with spare tube/patch-kit/tire levers/allen wrenches/chain tool/master link added up to a pound for a 3.5 pound sub-total.

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Old 01-24-13, 07:48 PM
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would say from ~10 lbs (lock/toolbag) to ~40 (laptop, camera & lenses, books, tools, lock, clothes, lunch)
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Old 01-24-13, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
That's ridiculous. What all do you lug back and forth?
I carry my laptop 10LBS and work cloths, and lunch total about 30LBS. I also don't mind carrying extra weight as it is also a work out, that is the other reason to ride, part of my goal is become more powerful a rider.
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Can't argue with that, I guess. I try to keep the baggage to a minimum (<10 lbs) and go as fast as I can.
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i honestly dont even notice it most of the time, ive actually had strava prs on my route to work when my bag was loaded
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I think we need to weigh some bags... I'm guessing ten pounds bag, clothes, lunch, work items, lights, bike repair kit.
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about 5#: work clothes, tool kit and lunch.
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My Kryptonite NYC LS lock is definitely the heaviest thing. Most nights I just have my lunchbox containing yogurt and sammich strapped to my rear rack.
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My Kryptonite NYC LS lock is definitely the heaviest thing. Most nights I just have my lunchbox containing yogurt and sammich strapped to my rear rack.
Yeah my lock weighs a ton but I sure like having my bike there when I com out.
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Old 01-25-13, 06:31 AM
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Mostly less than 5 pounds (lock on occasion, extendable baton). No more patch kit or pump since I went to Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. Some days a little more weight if I need to bring in fresh clothes (usually do that when I drive).

Funny though that after a few weeks of commuting and recreational riding the bags seem to accumulate stuff and I need to clean them out. "oh, there's my IPAD!"
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Originally Posted by SPECELIZEDRIDER View Post
Yeah my lock weighs a ton but I sure like having my bike there when I com out.
I'm lucky that I have access to a locked courtyard with a bike rack to put my bike in. Very few people have access to it and it's patrolled regularly by security...but I still lock it up like Fort Knox every time.
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Old 01-25-13, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
I'm lucky that I have access to a locked courtyard with a bike rack to put my bike in. Very few people have access to it and it's patrolled regularly by security...but I still lock it up like Fort Knox every time.
locking it up is smart as it just takes once.
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I'm lucky that I have access to a locked courtyard with a bike rack to put my bike in. Very few people have access to it and it's patrolled regularly by security...but I still lock it up like Fort Knox every time.
Years ago, I found a wallet on the ground with nearly $400 in cash (this was in the '70s so that was a lot of cash) and an ID card: the person worked at a nearby factory. I took it to the security box (because I wasn't allowed to go further) and was told that the wallet would get to the owner. Yes, I was a naive teenager and I'm sure that the wallet reached the owner but I'm also sure that the money didn't. Security officers are no less tempted than the rest of us, lock your bike.
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all of my bike have a small saddle bag that contains levers, multi-tool, spare tube, patches, and a CO2 pump. i consider that standard equipment, not really commuting equipment, as i won't ride a bike anywhere if i don't have a multi-tool and flat kit at a minimum. likewise, all of my bikes have lights. again, not really commuting equipment, just standard safety stuff that i feel every bike should be equipped with.

as for what i carry that's specifically related to commuting, i try to keep things light. i prefer a backpack, so no racks and panniers for me.

back pack
change of clothes
wallet
phone
keys
lunch

so that's maybe 7-8 pounds maybe? that's a ballpark guess. i don't really know as i've never weighed my loaded backpack before.

and i have indoor secure storage at work, so i usually don't have a need to carry locks on my commuting runs.

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Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
Years ago, I found a wallet on the ground with nearly $400 in cash (this was in the '70s so that was a lot of cash) and an ID card: the person worked at a nearby factory. I took it to the security box (because I wasn't allowed to go further) and was told that the wallet would get to the owner. Yes, I was a naive teenager and I'm sure that the wallet reached the owner but I'm also sure that the money didn't. Security officers are no less tempted than the rest of us, lock your bike.
This post reminds me (and this comment is somewhat off topic) that I occasionally carry two wallets. One with my important stuff in it (credit cards, driver's license, cash, etc.) and one with a ten or twenty and a few unimportant cards in it. That second less important wallet is in my right pocket should I get "asked" for it. The other is hidden in my pannier or in another pocket.
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Last summer I only carried a frame bag with clothes, saddle wedge with tools, and a frame pump. No lights, horn, rack, fenders etc. Around 5 or 6 pounds all told.

For this winter I added a seatpost rack with tail box and other bike structure totaling about 10 pounds, lights, and with the extra cargo space I keep another pound of tools, extra gloves and cap, spare batteries and miscellaneous, rain gear sometimes, probably 20-22 pounds total.
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About 15 to 25 lbs, depending on what I'm doing at work. Lunch, oddly, is often the single heaviest thing. Papers, maybe a laptop, and then a bike kit. It adds up....
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*your

I carry whatever I need to carry. My bike weighs a ton so I don't really notice a few extra kgs. Usually carry a small tool kit and mini pump with me, as well as my lock.
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I only once weighed my bike, with my saddle bags on it. That was my old Rocky Mountain, and it came to about 55 pounds total, but I had bought some stuff at the bike shop. In the winter I have my rain gear, and however many layers I think I might need, unless I am wearing them at the time. My Fargo is at least as heavy as the Rocky Mountain. I don't know what either bike weighs without my luggage. Probably 25 - 30 pounds.
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ipod shuffle security badge, wallet, phone, house/ bike key, lunch and kindle or book i am reading. I also bring a new tube, levers, and pump.
I try not to carry my clothes. I usually drive them in for a couple days at a time. I do take dirty clothes home
I am not counting my lights etc. they are on the bike.

some days i plan ahead and have enough lunch for 2 days and that second day without lunch it is much lighter.
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Are you guys able to climb small hills with so much luggage. If so, what would be your gear ratios and cadence? Do you guys ever walk your bike (+luggage) up hills?
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