Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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How would you fit enough weight to affect handling into a Carradice Zip Roll bag? I've seen it - it's not a particularly large bag...
But I don't think moving your weight from a trunk bag to a seat bag (like the Carradice Zip Roll) is going to help. If anything, by putting the weight up higher it's going to make it worse.
I would think if you have that much weight, it would affect handling as well on a handlebar bag, though I have to admit I haven't tried it.
I tried looking up the "deuter rucksack", but I couldn't find a picture. It sounds like it's probably one of those bags with foam on the back and stripes making channels through the foam, right? Those don't do the best job.
The style of bag I've found that works for keeping the back dry is the kind that has a mesh that rests directly against the back, and a hard plastic shell behind it that keeps a small gap between the mesh and the actual back of the bag. I have a bag from deuter like that that works great for keeping the back dry...though it's inflexible and makes it hard to bend over on my road bike. The best bike I've seen (seen it in person, though haven't used it on the bike) is the Detours Sienna 40 - it has the same mesh/plastic backing, but it seemed a lot more flexible:
Really though, if it was me I would just put everything in the trunk bag and just get used to the handling being a little different.
I've experienced panniers slowing me down as well - I think it's the wind resistance against them. Another thought is to use a single pannier and a trunk bag. If you could cinch the pannier up flatter against the the bike, you could put the really heavy stuff in the bottom of the pannier where it would affect handling the least, then put the bulky but light stuff in the trunk bag where it wouldn't affect handling as much.
Just my thoughts / ideas / experiences.