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    How do you wear a messenger bag?

    When I ride and wear a bag, I sling over neck and shoulders and leave the bag behind. But it tends to wanna swing forward though and ends up under my arm. How do you folks wear a messenger bag or do you not? What to you use instead if you want to carry little stuff but not enough for a pannier?

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    Trunk bag.
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    My messenger bag has an extra strap attached to it to prevent that from happening. The strap attaches to the lower-corner of the bag that's behind you and to the lower part of the main shoulder strap. So, I have the bag on one side, and the extra strap is on the other side holding the bag in place.

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    Yeah. A chest strap. If your bag doesn't have one, you can buy strapping and a buckle at REI or other places for about $1, and sew it on yourself.

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    I use a backpack with chest staps. It has a mesh sheet that rests on your back and a metal frame that keeps the bag away from your back to reduce sweatiness. I don't know why but they don't seem to make them like this any more

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantdrv55
    When I ride and wear a bag, I sling over neck and shoulders and leave the bag behind. But it tends to wanna swing forward though and ends up under my arm. How do you folks wear a messenger bag or do you not? What to you use instead if you want to carry little stuff but not enough for a pannier?
    Beside using the cross strap, the other thing you can do is cinch up the main strap properly, that helps too.

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    If you don't have a chest strap, keeping the straps short and having the bag ride high on your back will somewhat prevent it from sliding forward.
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    I also prefer to use a backpack as the weight gets distributed on both shoulders.A good cycle specific bag should sit lower down on the back,maybe have some reflective material on it and have at least one zip up compartment so you know your keys, wallet etc are
    going to be there when you finish your ride.

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