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Old 01-01-14, 01:42 PM   #26
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Isn't going to happen but a shower/locker room plus secure parking would top my wish list.
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Old 01-01-14, 02:44 PM   #27
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Weatherizing. I plan to convert my wife's un-ridden MTB to my foul weather bike.

Fenders
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I can't think of anything that will make my commuting bike any better than it is now for what I use it for.
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Old 01-06-14, 08:59 PM   #29
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A set of Revolights that would work with a 26" wheel, on a Xtracycle. Talk about wishful thinking.
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I think I'd like a nice messenger bag. I'm learning the advantages of keeping the bike light. Going over bumpy surfaces is better this way. And it's easier to lock the bike, because I don't have to take stuff off when I leave it or put stuff back on when I return to it.
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Old 01-06-14, 09:12 PM   #31
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I'll settle for a job that I need to commute to.
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I'm with noglider. Blew all my Christmas money on lights and a dynamo hub plus a Velocity A23 rim that should be here later this week. Hoping to have it all buttoned down by Monday in time for the start of my final semester of school.
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Old 01-07-14, 02:46 AM   #33
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I actually have everything I need:

1 bike in 4 countries where I live/visit most (England (FGSS), CPH (citybike), Bavaria (MTB), Lake Balaton (old German citybike)
Enough clothing from cold to warm
Excellent facilities in at work (office next to a new gym)
Haven't missed a single day of commuting since my bike arrived in England

No need to "gear up."
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A new Osprey backpack. I have a cheap one from Wal-mart (Outdoor Products) and it's lasted for 3 years (about 3k miles) , I'd just like to upgrade.
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A new Osprey backpack. I have a cheap one from Wal-mart (Outdoor Products) and it's lasted for 3 years (about 3k miles) , I'd just like to upgrade.
Not telling you what to do ... but I find the Arc'teryx products superior to Osprey is most ways (including fit and durability) ... however people seems to like the "sheen" of the Osprey bags for some reason.

Here's a review of what I recommend for small daily riding backpack:

http://www.journeymantraveller.com/2...-spear-20.html

It sees daily wear from cycling and going into/out of the gym locker. It also hits the rockclimbing facility and gets used as a carry-on for trains/planes. The inner pocket for the water bag is large enough to support to 13.3" MacBookPros if that matters to you as well. No discernible wear after 3 years.
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Old 01-07-14, 06:02 AM   #36
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Not telling you what to do ... but I find the Arc'teryx products superior to Osprey is most ways (including fit and durability) ... however people seems to like the "sheen" of the Osprey bags for some reason.

Here's a review of what I recommend for small daily riding backpack:

http://www.journeymantraveller.com/2...-spear-20.html

It sees daily wear from cycling and going into/out of the gym locker. It also hits the rockclimbing facility and gets used as a carry-on for trains/planes. The inner pocket for the water bag is large enough to support to 13.3" MacBookPros if that matters to you as well. No discernible wear after 3 years.
I checked out the review and it sounds great AND the price is right! Thanks for the suggestion!
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I checked out the review and it sounds great AND the price is right! Thanks for the suggestion!
Roll-top is super useful for baguettes/poster tubes and stuff like that!

If you purchase, let me know what you think.
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Full disclosure: I own 4 Osprey backpacks. Personally, the two options I chose for the bike (Talon 22 and later a Manta 30) were chosen because they were geared towards cyclists in mind. For me specifically, commuting to school with no storage locker, the helmet clip is an extremely useful feature. Others might not need it at all, however. I would also venture a guess that people tend to look at companies like Osprey and Dueter because they specialize specifically in backpacks. The only reason I replaced the Talon with the Manta was for extra storage. The Talon was perfectly fine and didn't need replacing. I still do grocery runs with it and keep it on hand for other outdoor activities. That and Osprey does offer lifetime warranty on any and all products.

Short review of each: The Talon 22 was an awesome, lightweight, no frills bag perfect for small loads. My loads started to get fat and I desired more organization (pockets), so I got the "bloated" Manta 30. Both are awesome for their intended purposes.

Not trying to rag on Arc'teryx, or their great products. Just trying to explain the "sheen" of Osprey backpacks.
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Just trying to explain the "sheen" of Osprey backpacks.
To be fair, I think their products are of reasonable quality and good value.

I really do find their physical sheen, as in colour selection and material reflectiveness, quite garish though. Maybe, it's too much time time in Scandinavia. I should state that I'd only consider the Arc'teryx in black.
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A new Osprey backpack. I have a cheap one from Wal-mart (Outdoor Products) and it's lasted for 3 years (about 3k miles) , I'd just like to upgrade.
I purchased the Osprey Stratos 24 backpack over a year ago. Best investment I could have made to my commute. Some goods and bads of this bag for commuting.
The breathable back pad is supreme in cold and heat, you can get the "tall" version which is great to carrying loads on your hips rather than your middle back, comes with a bivvy cover for rain and snow, has a sturdy inner shell which keeps your laptop from digging into your back.
The drawback to this bag is all the straps flapping around when your ride.
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I need to replace my old cyclocomputer that died after a long and successful life. It was a wired model and I'm going to replace it with a wireless one and get extra bike magnets/sensors and mounts so I can move it from bike to bike (3 bikes).

This winter, I've been pining away because I'm not riding and also I've been lustfully eyeing a Norco Bigfoot 2014 (finally, the name matches the bike, my old 2002 Norco Bigfoot was a mtb, the 2014 Norco Bigfoot is a FAT bike!!) and with it, I'd like fenders, studded tires, better pedals (BMX style with studs for boot-grip) and a rear rack (likely a seatpost style) so I can commute and just have fun in the snow (unfortunately, I'll have to get off the bike to make snow angels but I guess that's the price I'll have to pay). Oh yes, I'll need another set of bike magnet/sensor/mount so that the wireless cyclocomputer can work on this bike too.
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I purchased the Osprey Stratos 24 backpack over a year ago. Best investment I could have made to my commute. Some goods and bads of this bag for commuting.
The breathable back pad is supreme in cold and heat, you can get the "tall" version which is great to carrying loads on your hips rather than your middle back, comes with a bivvy cover for rain and snow, has a sturdy inner shell which keeps your laptop from digging into your back.
The drawback to this bag is all the straps flapping around when your ride.
Thanks for the info, that's the one I was looking at. Your review was helpful. My problem is, other than the internet, there are no places for me to physically check out very many backpacks, so your review, and acidfast7's, are very important!
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Thanks for the info, that's the one I was looking at. Your review was helpful. My problem is, other than the internet, there are no places for me to physically check out very many backpacks, so your review, and acidfast7's, are very important!


I went to a Globetrotter (kind of a German REI) and was able to test it on a quick bike ride (left my passport.)

There's no outdoor stores around?

I really liked the roll-top for longer items or when I have to overload it. I like that I can throw some long-bread, meats, cheese and some champagne or head to a colleagues house without any concerns.

I also hate zippers and clips as they always break over time (clips seem to get stuck in baggage retrieval on larger bags) so the roll-top was good. The Osprey bags (my SO really likes the style) were quite good, just not as functional for me, but she thinks they look great. But, she also has 40+ soft-shell jackets!

My next bag will be a Fjällräven Kånken Mini for a day bag where it's not appropriate to wear a backpack (out shopping with family/friends for example).

http://www.fjallraven.us/pages/kanken
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