So I picked up a Masi Soulville (cafe cruiser styled bike) that I like quite a bit. Call me a sucker for style, but I dig the lines, the steel frame, and the 8-speed hub. I am using it for a short commute of about 4.5 miles each way, and I have been doing some research lately about getting either a front or rear rack for the bike. I thought I would turn here after a long time lurking to see if anyone can help steer me in the right direction.
Do you suggest front rack or rear for loading/balancing purposes when looking at the geometry of the bike? For usage, I would like to place my bag on a rack, the contents of which include a laptop and a redwell or two full of docs. I think it would generally be easier to use a rack with some element of a rail to it so that I could just through my bag into the "basket" area. This seems easier than getting panniers or a specially made commuter rack bag.
Also, any suggestions on rack? I like the simplicity of some of the Tubus offerings, but I would prefer the "basket" like functionality (and looks) of something sweet like I see on Ahearne Cycles. Of course, that is hard to find and probably too expensive anyway.
I realize a lot of this comes down to looks, and maybe that's a bit superficial, but I thought I would turn to the forum expertise on what would look right on this bike.
If you need to see a photo of the bike in question, it is the black 8-speed Soulville located here:
Thanks in advance to anyone that responds, even if it is just to bash me. Have a nice night! -Chris
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