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    Advice needed!

    Hello!
    I'm new here and have enjoyed reading about others commute tips, they have been really helpful. I just started commuting this month and plan on continuing when school starts. My problem is that the campus where my course is located does not have any lockers or any sort of space I can safely store things. The program director said the best she could do would be allowing me to put my stuff at the back of the classroom.

    I live in a rainy climate and winter is going to bring continuous rain! My husband has the car Monday to Friday because he commutes much farther than I do. There is a bathroom where I can change and freshen up. I was hoping to leave a freshening kit in a locker and a couple days worth of clothes, and being able to hang wet clothes.

    Any ideas how I can make the best of this situation?

    I just found out today that the course was at this campus instead of the main one!

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    Arkel makes bags that can attach to your bike like a pannier, but removed and used as a backpack. May be worth checking into. (There is a big thread about someone doing this for school on here somewhere. Probably best to search on TE under 'Arkel.' I'll see if can't find it, though.

    Edit: Found it!

    A nice discussion on school commuting.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 08-13-2014 at 04:08 AM.
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    Yup - I was just getting ready to post it. FWIW I carried the Bug for a year. It had a warranty issue, and Arkel (being the awesome company that they are) sent me a new one (which I haven't used). Last year, I drove (the bus service between the two campuses is unreliable and my schedule was a b!tch).

    I am currently trying to decide what I'm doing this year - will post more later - have to take DH's car for service. I DID finally find lockers - they (and the treadmill desks) are in the basement of the student union.
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    Arkel bags are expensive, but well worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberry View Post
    Yup - I was just getting ready to post it. FWIW I carried the Bug for a year. It had a warranty issue, and Arkel (being the awesome company that they are) sent me a new one (which I haven't used). Last year, I drove (the bus service between the two campuses is unreliable and my schedule was a b!tch).

    I am currently trying to decide what I'm doing this year - will post more later - have to take DH's car for service. I DID finally find lockers - they (and the treadmill desks) are in the basement of the student union.
    You know you spend too much time on TE when your remember, search for, and link to a thread from 2 years ago that you didn't even post a comment in, and don't even own the product that you refer to.

    Blueberry, I have a very sturdy seatpost rack, not by Arkel, that I'm considering using with a bag like the Bug or the Switchback for commuting. I'll post a picture of it later. Perhaps you could give me an opinion as to whether it would work with an Arkel bag. It holds up to 40 lbs. Got it from a LBS when I bought my CAADX, but have never used it.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 08-13-2014 at 06:19 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    You know you spend too much time on TE when your remember, search for, and link to a thread from 2 years ago that you didn't even post a comment in, and don't even own the product that you refer to.

    Blueberry, I have a very sturdy seatpost rack, not by Arkel, that I'm considering using with a bag like the Bug or the Switchback for commuting. I'll post a picture of it later. Perhaps you could give me an opinion as to whether it would work with an Arkel bag. It holds up to 40 lbs. Got it from a LBS when I bought my CAADX, but have never used it.
    Lol - so true! I'd be happy to see what I think. The only thing that gets really odd for the Arkel panniers are the cam locks. They can require more space than some racks have.

    Back to the original question - to be most helpful, I think we really need more info. How long do you need to be there? Are you teaching or a student (i.e., do you have to look nice or not)? How much do you have to carry? How far is your commute? Is there somewhere close by that might have lockers?

    I'm currently considering a poncho (I know, the horror) as a rain option. The bike part of my commute isn't too far on either end, so hopefully the sail effect won't be too pronounced. On days where it isn't raining sideways, I'm hoping that, a helmet cover, and waterproof shoes are the only rain gear I'll need. I can live with being damp in the winter - the buildings are overly heated anyway. The "stuff" does become an issue when you have to lug it from building to building all day - and college classroom seats are tiny (no foot space for a backpack and a pannier)! I don't think I'll be able to use the handy lockers I found because my breaks this year are only 15 minutes (for getting from one class to another and lunch). I have a parking pass again - I was trying to decide whether to give it back. I might keep it.
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    You think these would work?
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    Battswebb

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    Surly Krampus!

 

 

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