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Old 11-27-07, 01:19 PM   #1
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Cycling Backpack (with water pack)

Hi guys,
I'm a pretty light weight recreational cycler and dont get into it that much usually - just do it to work most days.

Anyway - I wanted to buy a backpack for when I'm cycling (and figure I can also use the same one when I go for a jog).

Just wondering if people have recommendations of ones that are good, places to get them from, things to look out for and try and make sure the one you get has, things to make sure it doesn't have, etc.

I'm in Kuala Lumpur right now and saw a bunch for like $50 which look pretty good to me. Not sure how they compare to ones in Oz though?


Any suggestions/feedback hugely welcomed.

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Old 11-27-07, 03:28 PM   #2
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Three liter CamelBak MULE. . .use it for cycling, running, hiking. . .remove the bladder and put it in my big backpack for long trips. . .other models have more freight carrying capacity. . .shop on-line for the best price, I believe PricePoint has the best deal at the time I took the plunge. This is a great invention.
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Three liter CamelBak MULE. . .use it for cycling, running, hiking. . .remove the bladder and put it in my big backpack for long trips. . .other models have more freight carrying capacity. . .shop on-line for the best price, I believe PricePoint has the best deal at the time I took the plunge. This is a great invention.
I like the Blowfish. It's sleeker and more contained.
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Old 11-27-07, 04:44 PM   #4
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You don't mention how much water you want to carry and how much gear (both volume and weight). Those two things will narrow down your choices pretty quickly.

I'm on my second Camelbak Lobo. Plenty of space for tools, spare tubes, some food. The bladder holds 70 oz. It has a flap and bungie cord so I can keep a jacket and tights secure if I need to (although it gets pretty bulky at that point). I also recently got a Dakine hydration pack (don't remember the model) which holds more water (100 oz) and stuff. I picked that up for hiking in the Grand Canyon this past summer. It's bigger than I'm likely to use on the bike. Finally, I cut a slit in my regular daypack and can put a bladder in there now. Comes in handy for picnics in the woods.

Beyond the size, a couple things to look for include the type of valve (I prefer CamelBak's to the Dakine but they both work; the pack's straps - shoulder, sternum, waist; how easy can you take the bladder in and out & can you refill the bladder without removing it from the pack; a large opening in the bladder makes cleaning it a whole lot easier; can you replace the tube and/or mouthpiece.
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Old 11-27-07, 05:06 PM   #5
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http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/backpac...7mfvb695neikn6 I think i would like to try one of these when they become available,they are getting good reviews.
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Where are you?

Becuase your location isn't in your description but you refer to 'Oz' in your post I presume you are from Australia. If the ones in Kuala Lumpur look OK and more importantly feel OK, grab them. You can always put a better quality water bladder in them when you get back anyway.

In Australia Camelback are good ones but also BlackWolf. I don't think BlackWolf is available in other countries but they are generally great quality and can be had for much cheaper than a genuine Camelback, especially when Anaconda is having a sale. Other than that it will of course depend on how much gear and water you want to carry when choosing a size.
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I use a Tatonka backpack that comes with its own rain cover, a luminous yellow shower-cap-like thing, tucks neatly in its own compartment below the bag. Even has a loop for a light on the the rain cover.

Bag also has the X-vent system that keeps your back from getting too sweaty. I can shove my helmet into the netting outside, and the bag has the hole and internal sleeve to take a hydration system.

I really like this backpack. Mine is the 20-litre one. I think there are larger 25litre ones available.

Looks like this:

http://www.outdoorsurvival.com.au/ca...1/1/40/TAT1669

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I like the Blowfish. It's sleeker and more contained.
+1 on the Blowfish. I have had one for about two years now. I use it for both long-distance cycling and hiking. As a matter of fact, I just used it this last Sunday on a quick two hour hike. I also sometimes take just the backpack ( i.e. without the water bladder) on hikes or some leisurely bike rides, where my main goal is to take pictures.

The Blowfish is very compact, yet expandable and roomy enough for most of my adventures. I do recommend it.

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i tried a smallish camelback daybag. hated having anything on my back. used it cycling only once.
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I have just ordered a 1.5 Litre Hydro Pack from Cell Bikes. They are on special at the moment for AUS$29.95. I haven't received it yet, only ordered it online a couple of days ago but it looks OK in the pic!

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/p_1264_J...et_Too_Thirsty
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That Ergon pack looks *really* nice. More than i'd be likely to spend on a hydration pack, but Ergon's stuff always feels so good.
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i tried a smallish camelback daybag. hated having anything on my back. used it cycling only once.
+1

I hate having anything on my back when I ride, even the courier bag I use on my commute. Far better to buy a decent hiking backpack, and a pannier or rack bag for stuff you need on a bike.

Although I did see a hip-based camelback once -- like a fanny pack but with a water bladder -- which looked as though it might work for both biking and hiking. Never bought it though. I have (almost) enough biking junk.
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