There are all kinds of bike riders. I didn't even own a car until I was 24 so until then walking and cycling were my main forms of transportation.
For some reason there always seems to be antimosity between different kinds of cyclists. I remember racers and tourists not liking each other, then mountain bikers and road cyclists didn't get along, I can't tell you the number of times I've heard triathletes complain that bike racers ruin their rides and vice versa.
11 miles to and from work tonight, and Diane I feel sorry for people who don't live around here and didn't get to see tonight's sunset. Wow. And I really got to experience it because I was riding home!
Every so often I like to get up really early on a weekend and just take an easy cruise around the city before a lot of people are out. It's so peaceful & it's such a great way to relax and appreciate where I live.
The saddle bags are called pannier bags. (helpful to know that when shopping for them) As others have said, they are available at local bike shops or on line. I have panniers and use them sometimes but prefer to use a backpack when going to the grocery store, and/or the bag that attaches to the rack.
I think mine is a "comfort bike," too. I live in Southwest California, the Temecula Valley area. I ride anywhere from twenty to sixty miles a week. Yes, it depends on the weather, I'm a big softie when it comes to the elements.
I'd like to get a rack for the back and try out those bags. It sounds perfect. Thanks.
Diane, I ride about 70 miles per week on what is classified as a "comfort" bike. I have a rack on the back that carries a bag that slides on a track. The bag itself sits on top of the rack, and it has two panniers that zip out/ down from the sides. It was made by topeak, I bought it at my LBS, but I think REI has them too. My students say my little bag is like a transformer :-)
I ride to work, to the gym, hoe and just for fun, especially now that he weather is cooling off here in the near desert of Southern California.
I think I ordered mine from Performance Bike, or I got them at my local shop, can't remember. You can get them at just about any bike shop. They're normally used for folks who commute and tour. Pretty decent sizes. I like the bags in case it rains. I used to ride to work and now and then I'd get caught in the rain, didn't want all my work stuff to get soaked.
I put a rack on the back of mine to help carry stuff too, and I have the bags that go over it to use when I know I'm headed out shopping. Great stuff!! Sometimes it's just too nice to take the car, I want to spend more time outside and enjoy the weather while I do some running around.
That's cool! This morning I rode my bicycle to the library, then found a garage sale and bought a spice rack. It actually did fit into my basket, albeit a bit awkward, but it was fun riding my prize home.
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