Cycling in Brisbane Australia
I don't commute too much but occasionally I have a meeting around the Valley and I'll cross the river on the ferry and ride the rest of the way. Most of my work is too random to make commuting fun.
On those commutes, as well as riding with the kids or to the shops my current main bike is this one :
It's a 2006 Bianchi Volpe cyclocross bike. Although it's bloody heavy and I couldn't imagine racing cross on it. It's got 9 speed Tiagra on it and currently has flat pedals with straps (the SPDs were on it on the day of this pic because I was playing cyclocross racing in the local park with my 7yo on the grass and bark...)
I keep thinking about selling this bike as it's a fraction too big for me, but it's a very useful workhorse :)
Nothing wrong with a heavy bike... I think Frank weighs in at about 15kg... (and I don't even want to think how much that Zigo kit weighs)
Is that a seat post mounted rack you've got on Frank? If so, how much weight can it carry?
Yeah it is. It's one of these http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/MTXBeamRackA-Type
It's rated to 10kg, probably carries a little more than that with my laptop bag (with a 15inch MBP and iPad)
I did have one fail after 4/5 years (the clasp bolt sheered off) which was a little problematic but other than that it's been great. (also had the bag come off once, but that was user error)
Me on my way to work ^
Okay I lie, that mango is not mine.
Here is my first commuter in its original configuration:
Just a GT hybrid with higher end hydraulic discs, Deore, etc. I cut a milk crate down by a third and zip tied it to a heavy duty Topeak Tourist rear rack. That rack was brilliant. I used to ride from Taringa to Griffith at Nathan every day. (The above photo was taken in Boondall Wetlands though)
One of the best things I did was buy a decent pannier:
Sheltering from a heavy shower in Aspley. Oh I added mudguards too. Made commuting along badly drained paths MUCH cleaner.
I often overloaded the pannier, rack, and the bike itself. Sometimes my gf would sit on the rear rack. It handled it well. But yeah, I obviously needed another pannier...
But it has now been retired from commuting.
Make breakfast on the run eh?
Well it does have a hub dynamo! Just need some heavy duty wires and a really big hill