Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-01-10, 10:05 PM   #1
Stanczyk
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My current backpack isn't cutting it. I need your advice.

I recently moved from being right by my school's campus and my work to a place a few miles away. The backpack I've been using in the resulting commute (http://www.ebags.com/product/kelty/r...ductid=1240806) isn't cutting it, and I want to get a replacement. I've been looking into messenger bags and cycling-specific backpacks, but I'm just getting more and more confused. Can anyone offer me their advice?

The bags I've looked at the most are the Chrome Citizen, which seems to be held in high regard, and the Ortlieb Messenger Bag Classic (http://www.ortliebusa.com/CartGenie/prod-53.htm) -- though I'm also tempted by Bailey Works and Mission Workshop...

I just want something comfortable and waterproof that can handle large-ish loads.

Thanks

Edit: I should add I'm only looking at backpacks and messenger bags because I will have to lock up the bike unattended while I'm on campus.

Last edited by Stanczyk; 08-01-10 at 10:17 PM. Reason: adding something
Stanczyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-10, 10:10 PM   #2
Allen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 4,751
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Check out the Ortlieb Downtown.
It's a messenger bag with rack attachments.
Also if you are looking at Ortlieb products, check Wayne's selection at the Touring Store.
Super nice guy and he runs some good deals.
Allen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-10, 10:19 PM   #3
pacificaslim
Surf Bum
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pacifica, CA
Bikes: Lapierre Pulsium 500 FdJ, Ritchey breakaway cyclocross, vintage trek mtb.
Posts: 2,174
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
There is also the ergon backpack designed to keep the weight on your hips and not your back - http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/bd2

The Osprey Talon is also very popular with the mountain bike guys - I love mine.
pacificaslim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-10, 11:02 AM   #4
AndrewP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Montreal
Bikes: Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
Posts: 6,521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Deuter and Vaude both make backpacks that maintain an air space between the load and your back. They also have straps across the chest to keep the shoulder straps in position
AndrewP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-10, 12:02 PM   #5
iwnz
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been carrying one of these messenger bags on bicycle and motorbike since 1993.

http://www.crumplerbags.com/Lite/Eng...d---CS19A.html

Same bag has lasted me all that time which speaks volumes about the quality of the product. The advantages of messenger style is that you can swing the whole thing around the front and access stuff inside without taking the bag off. There's also a bottom clip that can secure your bag when you need to absorb any rough terrain. This bag is big enough to fit a 15" macbook pro, a folder of documents, my lunch and a change of clothes pretty well (albeit overweight) and is still expandable if you want to try stuffing it more.

The drawback with cycling with something on my back to work is that I end up being a sweaty mess which sucks on the days that I don't have time to shower and change. I have since switched to:

http://www.ortliebusa.com/CartGenie/prod-6.htm

The 5" thick one was enough for my needs. I got a pair from Wayne at www.thetouringstore.com (Thanks Wayne!) for a great price and excellent service. These panniers are just enough to to store my lappie, a light riding jacket and my lunch. If you need more volume, the bike packer plus is great. All the Ortliebs have the best, most secure rack system that you can detach instantly that I've seen. IMHO it's worth a little more cash to buy quality and convenience.
__
-chris.
iwnz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 02:51 AM   #6
009jim
Senior Member
 
009jim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Australia
Bikes: Giant CRX3, Trek 7100
Posts: 1,288
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by AndrewP View Post
Deuter and Vaude both make backpacks that maintain an air space between the load and your back. They also have straps across the chest to keep the shoulder straps in position
My Deuter has been great. The air space and the tight fit are excellent for cycling or running.
009jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 04:58 AM   #7
metabike
Senior Member
 
metabike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 395
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been using this for my commute and have been real happy with it: http://www.rei.com/product/780465.
metabike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 06:27 AM   #8
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
Posts: 24,366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Banjo Brothers Commuter back packs

http://www.banjobrothers.com/products/01150.php
http://www.banjobrothers.com/products/01152.php
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 08:59 AM   #9
SlimAgainSoon
Senior Member
 
SlimAgainSoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Down South
Bikes:
Posts: 1,261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As a former backpack wearer, I suggest ... panniers.
SlimAgainSoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 01:51 PM   #10
cachehiker
Soma Lover
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Logan, UT
Bikes: one bike for every day of the week
Posts: 765
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon View Post
As a former backpack wearer, I suggest ... panniers.
+1.

I switched to a pair of small panniers, ≈16 liters each, ten years ago with a burrito wrap tool roll-up bungeed to the top of the rack.

I will never go back.
cachehiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 02:41 PM   #11
SlimAgainSoon
Senior Member
 
SlimAgainSoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Down South
Bikes:
Posts: 1,261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was surprised how much I liked panniers, and how easy they were to use.

I use mine for clean clothes coming in, dirties going out, groceries, etc. All-purpose handy.

I don't even know they are there.
SlimAgainSoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-10, 04:01 PM   #12
csimons
Senior Member
 
csimons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Salt Lake City
Bikes: 2009 Windsor Wellington
Posts: 126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You mentioned you were only looking at backpacks and messenger bags because you need to lock the bike up on campus. I don't mean to blatantly ignore this, but you may want to check out racks, as there are smaller bags than panniers that can be dismounted easily and quickly. One of the bags you are looking at is ~ $130. A Topeak Explorer rack is totally decent and costs less than $30.[1] Decent panniers start at $30,[2] and smaller 'trunk bags' are available as well, which are even more mobile. Moving from a backpack to a rack would also make for more comfortable and less sweaty riding.

[1] http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Mtx+Bags.aspx
[2] http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Panniers.aspx
csimons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-10, 07:44 AM   #13
aglauser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Bikes: Norco Yorkville
Posts: 85
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm a pannier man myself. On the pricier side, but very high quality. I'm quite happy with mine for commuting, also found out it fits a 12-pack of beer quite handily.
http://www.arkel.ca/ca_e/bug-cummuting-bag.html

As for cycling-specific backpacks, my wife has a cycling backpack from MEC. In any case, I wore it on an unfamiliar bike with a big load for a few hours once. Unfamiliar as in it was a road bike and I'm used to a flat-bar hybrid. It worked very well, I felt very stable and didn't get a sore back. My back did get quite sweaty though.

Last edited by aglauser; 08-05-10 at 12:45 PM. Reason: Added link now that MEC site is back up.
aglauser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-10, 08:00 AM   #14
cehowardGS 
Motorcycle RoadRacer
 
cehowardGS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 3,828
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
This newbie has been using a backpack but the other day I tried a messager bag. The messenger bag didn't work because it keep sliding around, and makeing me adjust it, and that was throwing me off balance. However, after reading through this thread. the quality messenger bags have STABILITY straps. The one I had, didn't have one.. Will try the messenger bag again, a better one that is..
cehowardGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:05 AM.