Our family has finally recovered from more than a week-long stomach bug that was probably norovirus. For most of us, the actual sickness didn’t last for more than a day or two (thank God!) but it took a while getting through four kids and two parents.

A little more than a year ago, I got an itch to start biking to work. In the past, I had walked the 3.5 miles to the office and back, but that required a larger time commitment and planning. What captured my imagination was the idea of a well-equipped commuter bicycle, complete with a rack and and pannier bags…