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what kind of commuter rack?

I plan to do as much commuting as possible this year on my bicycle. Anything under 8 or 9 miles each way if I don't have to be dressed to nice upon arrival.

yesterday I rode to my gym for my workout which I did a whole bunch last year. The ride is perfect at around 6.5 miles each way. The problem is that since last year the amount of equipment I bring with me to the gym has increased. Last year all I needed was a water bottle, now i have lifting shoes, a jump rope and other odds and ends. Does anybody have a suggestion for a nice commuter rack that attaches to my bicycle?

I ride a Scott mountain bike that has for all intensive purposes been converted to a hybrid (regeared with a 48t big gear and has smooth skinny tires)

it has the mount points for a rack / fender on the rear.

I was thinking of this one. I would like to purchase it from amazon if possible.

http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-6310703...e_sg_ai_ps_t_1

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Hydration Backpack. Keep the bike light(ish).

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Hydration Backpack. Keep the bike light(ish).
I can't fit lifting shoes in a hydration back pack. Also, I don't really like stuff on my back. The shoes are heavy (solid 1 1/4" wooden soles) and they don't flex at all (again, wooden soles)

I have several hydration back packs and I generally just carry two water bottles and fill up at gas stations / water fountains along the trails if I am going for longer than 2 bottles will cover me (~1 bottle per 30 minutes hour)

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Sorry, I've got nothing then. I've not used a rack/platform on a bike since I was 12. (yes, they had bikes back then...)

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I used to use one, but I didn't like not being able to see my stuff, especially when I am bunny hopping curbs and dodging cars. Plus the extra weight hanging off the back upsets the bike when you are rolling no handed. I just try to plan ahead the day before, or use a backpack.
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Leave your stuff at gym? Shoes and jump rope? Our Box has cubby holes for our stuff, my shoes never leave the gym..

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