Cycling is a great way to roll to work, shopping, and leisure. Get in shape, reduce your car maintenance and gas bills, and enjoy the fresh air while commuting. All good reasons to roll with spokes. The best reason... bikes are simply very cool. What makes a great commuter bike? How do you pimp your spokes?
I initially started commuting "messenger style" because I started with a mountain bike. The mountain bike had few options for baskets/cages. I used a traditional messenger bag with a single shoulder strap. This worked OK until I actually purchased a commuter bike and realized the value of baskets. The baskets allowed me to remove the weight from my body (more comfortable) and to spread the load. Sometimes I still use my messenger bag as an addition to the baskets. This allows me to commute with large loads.