First off, what a headwind this evening! It made getting anywhere almost impossible, and reduced my entire homeward commute to a seemingly uphill battle. Cruising down the 5% grade of Baltimore on my way out of KCMO was about the only time that gravity was of any assistance to me. The rest of my trip home was into a steady 20 MPH blast out of the southwest.
Today, I brought home only my laptop bag, bungeed down to my rack. I left the panniers at work, and all the stuff inside them. I don't need most of it, anyways.
I can put everything I take to work on my bike into 3 categories. The first one is my commuting essentials. These are things I really, really, need. Some of this stuff is semi-permanently on the bike:
- Spare inner tube(s)
- Tire levers
- Inflation device of some sort
- Work clothes
- Apartment keys
- Cell phone
Then, there are the things I have with me that are good to have, but in no way necessary:
- Extra bike lock (for locking up at places like the coffee shop)
- First aid kit
- Some extra bike tools
- Laptop (for listening to my music, checking my personal email, etc)
- Digital Camera (For, you know, pictures)
The most obvious weight reduction method is to keep doing what I'm doing and melt off another 30-50 pounds. At my current rate, that'll take a while.
I'm thinking I may try to use the panniers only on Monday, to lug in a week's worth of clothes to work. Bring the day's dirty clothes home strapped to the rack each night.
To solve the laptop problem, I really wish I could find a bluetooth PCMCIA (not cardBus) card for my old G3 PowerBook. I could just leave that laptop locked up at work without much worry.
I'd like to get to the point where I'm not lugging much between home and work. Does anyone else have any good suggestions?