Re: Commuting to Work or School on your Bike.
Since 3 years I've only had my bike and took it everywhere.
Still in college for another semester and then I hope I can buy a small cheap car just to get around on the rainy days.
I have a huge backpack I can load up to 25lbs of stuff in. A magnetic tank bag 4L/1 Gallon of volume where I fit shoes, jeans, 2shirts and a bottle of water in.
Under my passenger seat I can fit a sweater, scarf and another bottle of watr beside the toolkit.
All in all I can pack a good 35lbs of extra luggage for short trips.
In school I need a locker so I can change out of my 2pc leather suit into some jeans. Some days I leave the SMX-Plus boots on (people think they're ski boots) and if I just got a 2hr class and wanna hit the road asap, I leave my full gear on and hang the jacket over the chair. Helmet always on the table (only 5 lockers out of 4000 are wide enough for my small Shoei).
I don't mind the stares and looks I get, I just walk with pride and don't care or maybe greet them if they still eyeball me after a minute of walking towards each other.
I got problems when I changed out of my leathers incl. boots and have to carry it down the hallway to my locker. Really heavy in my hands/arms if I didn't already leave some stuff at the locker first and only have pants and backpack left to carry.
I won't miss the days of having to change in and out of leathers. Riding in jeans always spoils my ride! I can't stand it.
Once I forgot my smx-5 boots in the washroom and didn't notice it until 3hrs later when I changed back. They were gone for good. Problem was, I was wearing black high heel boots and tights that day. Couldn't ride back in those, so I was riding in full gear on heels. I should've taken pictures of that. I tried not to let anyone notice, was quite the embarrassment.