|Loves me some mo' trains.|
But the ride was more than just a sightseeing tour, actually. I haven't commuted for a very long time and I want to start again. I had to go in to work today to get a few things done and this was the perfect opportunity for a commute dry run.
One of the things that has changed for me since I last commuted is that on most days now, I have to lug a laptop back and forth. I'm kinda burned out on panniers for now (lots of rackage, and fussiness with hooking and unhooking and having to mess with them when I get on and off the bus, how they affect the handling, etc). Mr. Speare has been going on and on about the Ortlieb backpack solution, so I picked up a Velocity recently and gave it a try today. And I'll tell you what, the folks at Ortlieb sure have their ergonomics dialed in, IMO. I rode around with my computer and some other stuff in there all afternoon and it felt much lighter than it's actual weight. And the waterproof part isn't even a question, of course. The only thing I didn't like was that the corner of the rolled top is right in my line of sight when I turn around and look behind me, which kinda sucks. I found that by taking one hand off the bars, I could rotate my shoulders and get it out of the way, for the most part. But what a PITA. Maybe some strap adjustment would help some. We shall see.