Forum home Road cycling forum Tours, routes, audaxes & organised rides Tour & expedition

Turning a road bike into a commuter

caw35slrcaw35slr Posts: 439
edited April 2009 in Tour & expedition
I'm going to convert my current road bike into a year-round commuter bike and I'm seeking advice. It's a Surly Pacer which has eyelets for mudguards but not for a rack.

My current thinking is that I should buy a Tubus rack with their QR/axle mount (which allows the rack to be mounted via the rear axle, which sounds ideal for a bike without any rack mounts). If you use this set up I'd love to hear about it.

Link: http://www.tubus.com/index/lang/en/rubr ... cessories/

I'm interested in opinions on panniers. I won't need to carry much beyond a U-lock and a laptop so any ideas for slim, traffic-friendly, waterproof kit would be appreciated.

For mudguards I'm looking no further than SKS ChromoPlastic, unless anybody has a better idea.

Posts

  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I'm lost...

    If you have eyelets for mudguards you put the rack on them. If you haven't got the braze ons on the seat stays you can use one of these...

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/MPart ... 300005198/
    I like bikes...

    Twitter
    Flickr
  • caw35slrcaw35slr Posts: 439
    edited April 2009
    I'm lost...

    If you have eyelets for mudguards you put the rack on them.

    I think it is me that is lost. Maybe the answer to this question will clear things up: if I put the rack on the mudguard eyelets, where do I mount the mudguards? Can I mount both on the one pair of eyelets? I have friends with touring bikes which have 2 pairs of eyelets, hence my question.

    The M-Part component is an elegant solution. Thanks for that!
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    caw35slr wrote:
    Can I mount both on the one pair of eyelets?

    Yes
    More problems but still living....
  • caw35slrcaw35slr Posts: 439
    Well that's that sorted then! :oops:

    LOL

    Any thoughts on a slim pannier?
Sign In or Register to comment.