I don’t have an office at work, and I don’t like doing all of my work at home. I find the call of housework and teenagers too distracting. So this summer I have had great fun putting my office on wheels. I load up my commuter bicycle and head out in search of a wireless café or coffee shop. There I can settle in for a morning or afternoon of uninterrupted work.
I chose my Trek hybrid bike for this conversion to commuter bike. I considered some of the really pretty commuter bags that are now being made – my favorite being the Sherpani brand. I love their colors and feminine designs. But surprisingly, I dug up our old, faded Eclipse folding baskets from years ago. They are no longer pretty to look at – but I love the design. Just big open bags that I can drop my supplies in. No need to “pack” things in and then close up the top. Granted, this works well for me, as I am definitely a fair-weather commuter. If I had to contend with the elements (i.e. rain) – then I would definitely opt for the cinched up designs.
You can find very similar bags today, like the Bontrager Grocery Bag ($49.99 ea.), or Arkel Shopper ($94.99 ea.). Both are open top withe a water resistant drawsting cover, and clip to your rear rack. Or the Arkel Metropolitan ($169.99 ea.) is shopping bag sized, but has an over sizes zip closure and carry handles, along with a cover for the pannier hooks.
My favorite routine is to get up and head right out on the bike. Five miles is a good distance for me – just enough to wake me up, loosen up the body and feel good. The round-trip back home makes for a total of 10 easy miles for the day. Not so much that I am too tired to do a full “workout” later in the day – but enough to feel like I’ve done something in case that is all the time I have to devote to exercise.
Find a full range of urban and touring bags and packs, from Arkel, Bontrager, Koki and Sherpani at all 3 Bicycle Garage Indy locations; North (Dean Rd at 82nd, Indianapolis) Downtown (Indy Bike Hub YMCA at City Market) and South (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd, Greenwood).