Here's a link to Dave Moulton's new blog site. Dave's latest post talks about and illustrates (with terrific ancient photos) '60s British cyclists, including Dave himself, traveling to and from races on their road-commute-time trial bikes. Their everything bikes.
They'd pedal to early morning time trials, bikes fitted with lights and luggage racks and heavy clincher wheels, their lightweight racing wheels mounted to the bike on each side of the front fork.
At the race start site, they'd switch wheels and remove rack and lights, ride their 10mi or 25mi or longer distance, then change everything back for the ride home. After tea and cookies at the finish, if my limited experience at British club time trialing is any indication.
We don't do it that way any longer, huh? I'm concerned that with fuel at four dollars a gallon, cycling will be stingingly expensive for many US club riders, whose bikes travel to and from every ride in or on their cars. Shame to mount lights or a rack on a new Madone.
Simply isn't done...