welcome to the fold
My commute is about 16.5 miles round trip. The bags you mentioned are called Panniers (pronounced pan-yay). I would suggest getting water proof ones in case you get caught in a rain storm. Its nice to have dry clothes and not worry about electronic items such as cell phones. I bought a set from REI for about $100 and have been very happy with them for over a year now.
I also have a backpack which I use for cooler weather. In the spring and summer, it gets too hot with a backpack on your back. Panniers allow the air to get to your back and are much more comfortable, IMO.
Edited by: BIKECOMMUTER at: 4/30/2007 (16:46)
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