Rack Em Up!
I have more than one bike, so I also have the luxury that they’re not all completely sensible. Trixie the Fixie & Christine have no mudguards (fenders). They also both have skinny tyres and the only way to carry any luggage on them is to put it on your back. On Trixie, there aren’t even any fixing points for a rack, while on Christine, it’d just look so wrong. A bit like this image:
Yes, that’s right. That’s a Porsche 911 (is it? What do I know? Or care?) with a roof rack for carrying what looks like a snow board and one of those weird snow bikes you sometimes see. Oh, and a velvet bow on the bonnet.
But equally, unless you were really trying to compensate for an . . . uh . . . shortcoming, you wouldn’t drive a Porsche to the shops, or to work. You’d want a vehicle that would do more of the work other than just getting you to your destination. You’d want something that could carry some luggage (say, your briefcase and sandwiches, or the shopping).
And hey, guess what? A bike can do that sort of thing too. All it needs is a rack, and suddenly the bike carries the load rather than you having to.
So why is it that I see so many people cycling at commuter times with rucksacks on their backs?
And you know when people who don’t ride bikes to work say that they would, except they don’t want to arrive all sweaty? Well it’s because of their experience seeing these rucksack people arrive at the office.
Rucksack on back + Even Slight Effort = Sweat
This can be really easily avoided by putting all that stuff onto a rack that sit’s behind your bum. You’ll arrive at work full of happiness, and without a sweaty back. Try it - you’ll be surprised how much nicer it makes the ride.