Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Senior Member abstractform20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2,889
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Better than a messenger bag

    i dont need all the space in a messenger bag and find a lot of them too bulky.

    so i picked up a laptop messenger bag the other day for 20 bucks. more of a man purse really

    but still looks "business".

    anyway its for 11" laptops or less and its perfect.

    i can put 2 tubes, levers, food, drink, my shoes (sz11.5) and change of clothes and its fine.

    it also is much neater and stays better with less work, on my rear rack.

  2. #2
    Senior Member bhop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Via Nirone 7, Jamis Sputnik
    Posts
    1,890
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's cool.. I guess. A messenger bag isn't meant to be put on a rear rack though (not that you can't), so someone that wants to actually wear their bag probably wouldn't be able to use a bag like that because of the lack of a stabilizer strap.

  3. #3
    Fresh Garbage hairnet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    10,882
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    if you have a rack then why not get a pannier?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
    Bikerowave
    My Bikes

  4. #4
    VOTE FOR KEN WIND Ken Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    U.S.A.
    Posts
    980
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    if you have a rack then why not get a pannier?
    A pannier wouldn't be as comfortable to carry, and I doubt it would look as good.

  5. #5
    Member trekdude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    42
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use a pair of panniers in rear and if I have a full load, I use the front ones as well. A messenger bag is good but it can be heavy on your back if you carry a full load. I do most of my commuting with a pair of rear panniers. It's just a personal choice when it comes to carry your load.

  6. #6
    Senior Member lil brown bat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Boston (sort of)
    My Bikes
    1 road, 1 Urban Assault Vehicle
    Posts
    3,878
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Wind View Post
    A pannier wouldn't be as comfortable to carry, and I doubt it would look as good.
    You mean while you're carrying it around? Whatever. I'd call that dead last as a priority.

    I concur with others, you don't have a mess bag there, you have an all-purpose bag that you're strapping to your rack. As long as it works for you...
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

  7. #7
    VOTE FOR KEN WIND Ken Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    U.S.A.
    Posts
    980
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I used panniers for all my stuff, but when I got somewhere I had these two awkward, difficult to carry, bags with all my stuff in them. I couldn't leave them on the bike because somebody might take them, but they were a pain to carry around in the store, at school, into work, and everywhere else.

    Not all of us ride 10, 15, 25, or more miles to work or school. I prefer the convenience of a backpack because I have all my stuff on me when I get off my bike. I do 50 mile rides with a backpack on, and it doesn't bother me. Everybody is different.

    I'm glad you found something that works for you, abstractform20. Nothing works for everybody.

  8. #8
    Senior Member MNBikeguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    05 Trek 5200, 07 Trek 520, 99 GT Karakoram, 08 Surly 1X1
    Posts
    1,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Wind View Post
    Nothing works for everybody.
    If that were true, why should anyone bother?

    sorry.. I'm playing your words. Couldn't resist.
    "I thought of that while riding my bike."
    - Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

  9. #9
    Senior Member abstractform20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2,889
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bhop View Post
    That's cool.. I guess. A messenger bag isn't meant to be put on a rear rack though (not that you can't), so someone that wants to actually wear their bag probably wouldn't be able to use a bag like that because of the lack of a stabilizer strap.
    the bag i bought does have the strap. there are certain times i dont want the bag on my back.

    its been about 98-105 degrees here in sacramento all week, and when i ride to the gym i definitely dont want it on me.

  10. #10
    VOTE FOR KEN WIND Ken Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    U.S.A.
    Posts
    980
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MNBikeguy View Post
    If that were true, why should anyone bother?

    sorry.. I'm playing your words. Couldn't resist.


    THE Nothing works for everybody. Why bother indeed.

  11. #11
    Share the road. bugly64's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Marysville, CA
    My Bikes
    Chinese Crabon Fibber
    Posts
    1,068
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Panniers front and rear, plenty of bungie cords and a bungie net works for me.

  12. #12
    Senior Member lil brown bat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Boston (sort of)
    My Bikes
    1 road, 1 Urban Assault Vehicle
    Posts
    3,878
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bugly64 View Post
    Panniers front and rear, plenty of bungie cords and a bungie net works for me.
    And a kitchen sink on top? What exactly do you have to carry every day?
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

  13. #13
    Cycle Dallas MMACH 5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Land of Gar, TX
    My Bikes
    Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
    Posts
    3,365
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I modified a small messenger bag (too small for a laptop) with hooks and straps. I attach it to my rack, but I can just throw it over my shoulder if I have to go into a store. I've ridden with a messenger bag and I hate the "sweaty back" syndrome.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

  14. #14
    Senior Member abstractform20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2,889
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    most of my commute are 15-30 miles roundtrip. and the weather is 95+ right now.

    do yeah, i want nothing on my back. i figure when the semester starts i can fit a few books in it.

  15. #15
    Senior Member bhop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Via Nirone 7, Jamis Sputnik
    Posts
    1,890
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by abstractform20 View Post
    the bag i bought does have the strap. there are certain times i dont want the bag on my back.

    its been about 98-105 degrees here in sacramento all week, and when i ride to the gym i definitely dont want it on me.
    Sounds good then. I have a small army medic bag that I use as a walkaround camera bag. It's also got a second stabilizer strap. (I assume so the medics can run in combat without their stuff flopping around?) I also use it on my bike if i'm just riding to the store to get a small item or two and don't need my big Bailey Works bag..

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •