Touring - Daypack?
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eric von zipper
11-01-06, 01:15 PM
I've backpacked a bit and have always had a large backpack and a smaller dayback for walking about cities or short hikes. Anyone carry a daypack with them on tour for short hikes and walking around for the day? If not a daypack, then what do you use?
eric von zipper
11-01-06, 01:20 PM
:o Oops sorry, I should have used that 'search' thing that's all the rage these days. Lots of posts on this topic...carry on.
I know you've found your answers, but I will mention this ...
If you go to one of the many dollar stores that have cropped up all over North America, and possibly other countries too, you can often find bags of various shapes, sizes, and materials. I picked up one for $2 which compacts down into itself (and zips together to keep it together). In the compact form it is practically flat and about 4" long and 2.5" wide. When I pull it out, it can be either a full-sized tote bag (like the cloth grocery bags you can buy if you don't want to use plastic grocery bags), or a backpack. It's got handles and shoulderstraps. It is made of a light nylon material, so I probably couldn't haul anything too heavy around in it ... but it would work for some grocery shopping at the end of a ride, or a trip to the beach on a day off the bicycle, or something.
Incidentally, I've also picked up several other bags of various sorts from various dollar stores to keep my toiletries in, to keep my dishes in, to keep items separated from each other (i.e. clean clothes vs. dirty clothes), and so on. I even got a collection of waterproof bags there for documents and things like that.
If some of you haven't taken a trip through your local dollar store lately, you might have a look ... a lot of the stuff in those places is junk, but they also stock a lot of odds and ends which other stores don't necessarily carry which can work well for things like on cycling tours!
Kathmandu, an outdoor retail chain in Australia, offers a neat red back pack that scrunches back into its own pocket to become a hand-sized bundle. I have had two and found them invaluable on all sorts of trips, but particularly for going to the shops after setting up camp, tripping around big cities, and as carry-on luggage on aircraft (clothes only on my last flight). I used them at home for shopping, too. It weighs 200 grams :) Outdoor retail chains in North America would offer something similar. I also bought a tote bag in Boulder, Colorado, that compacts into its own pocket to a size just larger than a wallet and that has survived several international and domestic flights also full of clothing and other stuff. It weighs 100 grams. But I can't find it right now to tell you what outdoor shop offers it... something like REI, I think.
11-01-06, 04:06 PM
I use a daypack on top of the rear rack. It makes packing much easier and secure than a bunch of bungee cords. I can access the content in the pack's main compartment and pocket, and attach stuff to its bungee. Wonderful.
11-02-06, 09:11 AM
I use the handlebar bag with a shoulder strap. I think that's a common practice.
11-02-06, 10:10 AM
In addition to a bar bag I also carry a minimalist daypack that came free with my jacket. It holds about 12l and has no padding, buckles, zippers, packets or flaps, just a main compartment made of polyester fabric with a duffel-bag style closure by the 2 straps which are knotted together. Its so simple, light and useful I wouldnt tour without it.
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