i've been on my bike with a few different bags over the last week.
i mostly ride from home to west falls church metro (a couple of miles) and then take the fairfax connector bus to reston town center, which is where i work.
the fairfax connector buses have a fold down bike rack in the front of the bus where one or two bikes can be secured.
i've been riding back home rather than taking the bus - about 13 miles in about an hour. i think that i could ride both ways, but i don't want to deal with having to shower at the gym at work.
i've carried my synapse backpack, the smart alec backpack, and the western flyer (as a backpack) while riding my bike, and all of them have been most comfortable!
certainly, carrying less weight makes for an easier ride. but even with all the stuff i've carried in the western flyer, i've been quite comfortable.
i'm excited to commute by bicycle, at least while the weather is as lovely as it has been. let's see how i feel in november when it starts getting colder .
i've learned that i can reduce the weight of my load by keeping certain things at work. so far, i have kept at work: a pair of sandals i can change into when i get there (i feel thankful that we have a laid back work environment and a water bottle that i keep there. i think i'll also leave my multitool at work tomorrow rather than carrying it back and forth.
so at this point, i carry in my bag a macbook pro in a cache, an ipad (considering whether i should leave this at home - but it's fun to read on the ipad on the bus , an iphone, my tom bihn organizer wallet, an 11oz package of coconut water to drink when i get to west falls church metro in the morning, various adapters (again, keep what i need at work), an airport express (thinking of leaving this at home), a rhodia pad, writing instruments, lip balm, earphones in a mini padded organizer pouch, and a canon s95 camera in a small padded organizer pouch.