Ask DN: Cycling commute

over 5 years ago from , Student

Do you use bike to get to work? What bike do you use? Do you have a special backpack for a bike?

Cyclists of DN unite :)


  • Justin JacksonJustin Jackson, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I bike to work 90% of the time.

    I'm up north (British Columbia, Canada), and I ride in the winter as well.

    Here's my spring, summer, fall bike:

    Giant Touring Bike

    It's a Giant OCR Touring road bike. Disc breaks, aluminum frame, steel fork. Normally I have panniers on the back, and not pizzas. ;)

    Winter bike:

    GT Panterra

    1998 GT Pantera hard-tail. I've had this bike for 16 years, and I still love it. I had it retrofitted last year because I just couldn't bare to throw it away. Great winter commuting bike.

    2 points
  • Brice FaubelBrice Faubel, over 5 years ago

    Fixed Fuji Feather (not too many hills in Chicago) but looking to upgrade soon. Picked up a Chrome Bravo bag a while back - lots of storage if you need it but compressible if all you have is a laptop.

    Oh, and a helmet - always. (Giro Atmos if you care)

    2 points
  • Robbert EsserRobbert Esser, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Almost everyone here in Amsterdam goes with their bike to work :-)

    2 points
  • Jordan Justice, over 5 years ago

    I ride an early 90's Cannondale touring bike. My commute is 20 miles roundtrip, and I ride on weekends for fun, so the touring bike works well for both.

    I use panniers to get my stuff to work. I use the convertible waterproof pannier backpack from Banjo Bros. Really dig it!

    2 points
  • Bradley HawkinsBradley Hawkins, over 5 years ago

    I bike to work 50% of the time. Depending on my mood I switch between a specialized hardrock 29er and a 76 raleigh super course . I currently just use a standard backback, but plan to upgrade to a pannier bag and rack system.

    1 point
  • Antoine Lord, over 5 years ago

    I used to ride my bike everyday to work. Now it's getting very cold some days so I take the bus.

    I'm riding a Pure Fix Cycles Uniform. It's pretty good for this price.

    I have a small Nixon bag to move my laptop. I put my MBP in a Herschel sleeve and I'm good to go.

    1 point
  • Uwe KlingerUwe Klinger, over 5 years ago

    I ride a Bombtrack Script to work, but only if the weather is perfect :P (not that often in Hamburg, Germany..) and I use a laptop-backpack with enough straps to ensure it doesn't fall off!

    Bike: http://bombtrack.com/bikes/script/ Backpack: http://www.deuter.com/DE/de/laptop-tablet/graduate-80232-71.html

    1 point
  • Paul BestPaul Best, over 5 years ago

    I ride a 1988 Bridgestone RB-4 to work (live/work in DC) and I couldn't be happier commuting via bike. The bike's the same year as me :-)


    Mine's a little less mint than the bike pictured

    1 point
  • Andy McIlwainAndy McIlwain, over 5 years ago

    I bike everywhere, including to work. Nothing special here. I ride a 2013 Norco Heart (https://www.norco.com/bikes/city/lifestyle/heart/) and use a convertible Patagonia messenger bag/backpack.

    0 points
  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 5 years ago

    Used to ride my blacked-out GT Avalanche 1.0, but when I switched jobs the distance changed so now it's just sitting in my shed.

    0 points
  • Bjørn RostadBjørn Rostad, over 5 years ago

    A black Wabi Classic with front brakes. Thin light-weight minimalist bicycle for about $800.

    0 points
  • Chris De La FuenteChris De La Fuente, over 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )


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  • Artem TitoulenkoArtem Titoulenko, over 5 years ago

    Yes! I try to ride as much as I can. It's only 3-4 miles but I beat the subway train every time.

    I have an Aventon Mataro that I got because it looks dope and I need a bike I can beat around while I learn to ride fixed gear.

    I have a normal Eastpak backpack that I've had for 10+ years which is falling apart, but has a padded laptop section (mind you, for laptops from the early 2000's).

    0 points
  • Jeff HorschJeff Horsch, over 5 years ago

    Biking everyday on a Cinelli frame with custom parts. 23mm gator skin tires. Its a joy ride everyday in Chicago.


    Going to get a mountain bike for the winter after slipping on ice last winter and breaking my collarbone. Had to have surgery, but back to normal now.

    0 points
  • Ian LeightonIan Leighton, over 5 years ago

    Used to bike every day at my last job, and I miss it a ton. Built an old French Bertin road bike into a fixed gear (we have ways to get around the hills in SF), have ridden with classic Chrome messenger bags and now a Mission Workshop Sanction rucksack.

    0 points
  • Zach UbbelohdeZach Ubbelohde, over 5 years ago

    I commute daily! I have two rides. Most of the time I ride my Specialized Globe Roll 1 (fixed) and I also have a 1976 Raleigh Superbe which comes out occasionally.

    0 points
  • Andrew CohenAndrew Cohen, over 5 years ago

    Depends on the day, if I am going to train after work, if I trained in the morning, if i have a race that night, how lazy am i feeling.

    I either ride an All City Big Block Fixed, my Specialized Tarmac, a Globe Bikes daily, or my Suzuki SV650 - it has two wheels :)

    I'm a backpack only kind of guy. My Chrome Pawn has been through torrential downpours and kept my laptop and gear super dry.

    0 points
  • Ken BaughmanKen Baughman, over 5 years ago

    Ride my Novara Bonanza MTB to work just about everyday, year-round in Boston. Thinking about getting a road bike, but it's not too bad. Just use a standard messenger bag.


    0 points
  • Ben CarrollBen Carroll, over 5 years ago

    I ride a Bianchi Impulso to school and work. I don't live in a very sketchy area so I'm not afraid to lock it up outside, even so I have a pretty good U-Lock. I just got a freaking sweet backpack from TimBuk2. It's a custom made prospect, with colors to match my Bianchi. I love it, plus the waterproofness is a plus.

    0 points
  • Tim BoisvertTim Boisvert, over 5 years ago

    I commute from Manhattan to South Williamsburg an average of 3 times per week. I ride a Raleigh Misceo 2.0 with custom wheels. No special backpack -- just a regular Kelty I got at REI 10 years ago.

    0 points
  • Johnny JuiceJohnny Juice, over 5 years ago

    I use a bikeshare program, https://www.citibikenyc.com to get to work. Not sure what the bike is but it's a TANK! can take a pothole no problem. It also has a splash guard and basket.

    They also have stats..I've taken 30 trips in the last 30 days, 401 in 2014 and yy average commute time is 11 minutes

    0 points
  • Elliott PayneElliott Payne, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Year round commuter in Minneapolis, MN

    Winter bike = Spot Brand Ajax


    Summer bike = Handsome Devil


    Mission Workshop Vandal when ridding the Devil


    I've got a couple Chrome panniers mounted to my Spot now.

    0 points
  • Matt SoriaMatt Soria, over 5 years ago

    Yes! I only have a 10-15 min bike ride to work, so I do it everyday. I have a Novara Randonee that I bought years ago for a cross-country bike tour I was doing, and it's pretty beat up, but gets the job done just fine! No special backpack — I'm usually just carrying my lunch and some notebooks, so just a regular 'ole backpack :)

    0 points
  • Jason WilliamsJason Williams, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Nice idea :)

    I ride this Kona Honky Tonk most days. First bike I built up from the frame. Had a great time doing it. Definitely use panniers. Once you leave the backpack it's hard to go back.


    0 points
  • Lewis WhiteLewis White, over 5 years ago

    Orbea Orca B M50 2014, which I got on sale recently since the 2015s were coming out :-)

    Osprey Escapist 30, literally perfect for everything, fits laptop if I need it.

    Been looking for some lights for winter, any recommendations? I have to be able to see on the country lanes, but don't want to spend my entire salary...

    0 points
  • C___ F_____C___ F_____, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I've started commuting by bike after moving into the city, unfortunately my only bike is also my race bike...

    0 points
  • Simon EvansSimon Evans, over 5 years ago

    SS/Fixie boardman, SPD-SL clips and some crappy rucksack. Wouldn't mind one of these to carry my stuff in, though.

    0 points
  • Bill BBill B, over 5 years ago

    Panniers all the way for commuting.

    0 points
  • Joe BarberJoe Barber, over 5 years ago

    I ride a Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro. I've really loved commuting on a cyclocross, it's great for pretty much any weather and can handle dirt and grass when it needs to.

    I have two go-to bags. My main bag is a Chrome Citzen, the greatest messenger bag ever made. My heavy hauler/rain bag is just a Phantom Aquatics 25L Dry bag.

    0 points
  • Seah C-BSeah C-B, over 5 years ago

    I have a custom built three-speed (SRAM hub). My bike commute is 7 miles each way. I use Axiom panniers instead of a backpack, because biking that far with weight on my back sucks.

    0 points
  • Rachel AndrewRachel Andrew, over 5 years ago

    I work from home but use my bike to get around Bristol. Bristol is really hilly so naturally I ride a Dutch bike that weighs a tonne.

    I have one of these: https://www.batavus.nl/stadsfietsen/Diva-7.htm and Ortlieb Panniers. Ortlieb panniers are great, I can get a couple of big bags of shopping into them (when your bike is as heavy as mine a few kilos of shopping is neither here nor there).

    The main reason for the Dutch style bike (as well as it being fun to ride around) is that I shattered my elbow 18 months ago and still can't tolerate putting a lot of weight on that arm so the upright style is cool. I'm hoping to get back into proper cycling again, but dropped handlebars are going to be a no-go so need to find a flat-bar road bike of some description.

    0 points
  • Simon CoudevilleSimon Coudeville, over 5 years ago

    I ride my Abici Granturismo Uomo Verde to the train station every day. It has 1 gear and a back-pedal rear brake. http://www.abici-italia.it/en/modelli/granturismo_uomo.html. I love it.

    It also has a rack to place my Racktime bag. http://www.ortlieb.com/racktime/_prod.php?lang=de&produkt=racktime_workit_classic. Which is nice.

    0 points
  • Albert TreatAlbert Treat, over 5 years ago

    I occasionally ride my Fuji Roubaix to work from San Francisco down the peninsula. It's a mostly flat ride, but has lots of crazy cars. No special backpack (just my trusty Chrome bag).

    0 points
  • Katarina RdultovskaiaKatarina Rdultovskaia, over 5 years ago

    I ride a custom build "unkown" frame and fork set with H Plus Son H wheel builds and all city components.

    Chrome Orlov bag really nicely built, and keeps the rain out if you get caught in it. personally I prefer the backpacks to the messenger bags because of the even weight distribution. :)

    0 points
  • Scott OgleScott Ogle, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I ride my Specialized Allez Race to work since there's room to store it in the office (as opposed to locking it up outside). I just use a normal timbuk2 shoulder bag for my laptop but I've been looking at something like a Côte & Ciel. I had a Chrome that I really liked and that was designed from the ground up for riding but unfortunately it was stolen.

    0 points
    • Sindri AvaruusSindri Avaruus, over 5 years ago

      Sorry about the stolen bike, that really sucks :(

      Côte & Ciel has a nice selection of cool (and expensive) backpacks, I've been looking into that too.

      How's it with riding on the sidewalk where you live?

      0 points
      • Scott OgleScott Ogle, over 5 years ago

        Fortunately the Chrome was a bag, not a bike, so it wasn't too major of a loss. I'm lucky enough to live in an extremely bike-friendly area so bikes almost always have dedicated lanes and rarely need to ride on the sidewalk. It's a lackluster commuter but an incredible touring/racing bike.

        1 point
    • Clinton HalpinClinton Halpin, over 5 years ago

      Wish I could ride my Allez to work but I'm not locking it outside...

      0 points