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    No panniers possible. Do you prefer messenger bag or Backpack.?

    Recently a forum member bashed messenger bags..Seems they have less contact points on your back,over a normal backpack...Might they be more comfortable and create less sweat on your back.?
    I own one of each, rarely use the messenger bag...Once in awhile when not using my commuting bike with panniers, I have to use other means to carry extra stuff. Does everyone hate messenger bags.?

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    I like messenger bags. I can't stand the backpacks, especially in the summer heat.

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    Carradice Saddlebag. Lots of sizes. Use with an SQR seatpost quick release. Available at Harris Cyclery or Wallingford Bike Parts.

    Also Baggins Bags from Rivendell.

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    Backpacks never worked for me.

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    Hmm keep in mind not all backpacks are equal. Messenger bags are pretty much the same in how they rest on your back.

    Deuter has some really interesting backpacks with alls sorts of innovative backpanels to increase airflow.
    -Deuter's Backpack Systems
    -Deuter's biking backpacks

    I don't have experience with Deuter (trying to wear down my North Face bag so I can justify another backpack... haha good luck) but the theory seems sound. Some of the Deuter bags sit like an inch completely off your back (but they use thin strips of mesh that contact your to maintain comfort) so I imagine when you're zipping along you must get a really nice breeze in the back area.

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    Messenger bags rock! I have a Chrome bag from the 2003 Cycle Messenger World Championships XI in Seattle. It's great!
    Last edited by livestrong91; 10-10-04 at 08:27 PM.

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    Messenger bags !!! I've tried two -- one cheapo (which convinced me) and a timbuk2. the main thing I like is that the messenger bag rides nice and low on my hip so I don't feel the heat of the thing. My backpacks feel heavier higher up ... I don't like the pressure of the weight there when I ride, nor the sweatier sensation higher. The messenger bag comes with a nifty stabilizing strap so it doesn't swing around. I must confess that I didn't experiment with different backpack styles. I like the messenger well enough so I haven't bothered.
    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom
    Carradice Saddlebag. Lots of sizes. Use with an SQR seatpost quick release. Available at Harris Cyclery or Wallingford Bike Parts.

    Also Baggins Bags from Rivendell.
    Can't carry a film projector or a gallon bucket of latex in a saddle bag or some of the other strange objects I cram into my bag.
    I carried it around with me for days and days.. playing little games like not looking at it for a whole day and then.. looking at it. to see if I still liked it. I DID!

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    Xanatos..My messenger bag has a stabilizing strap...That causes it to fall low onto your side, yet it is stable....Seems like it has a smaller contact point...
    Almost prefer it..But, it is made by Pedros...The tool people...Sort of looks goofy..I know that is silly..But, co-workers rediculed it...Made out of used bike tires...Goofy color too... They said it looked and smelled as if it were made out of condoms....So much rediculing. I never took it again, in spite of fact, I thought it was more comfortable...

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    I'd get a nicely supported backpack if I were you. They have waist and chest straps sto really help center and stabilize the load. Plus the speed hiking packs are tear dropped shaped and make you more aero.
    OTOH, I have a circulation problem with my right hand so I need a bag with only 1 strap and ended up with a messenger bag. It works ok. I'd just take your pedro condom bag and wear it with pride. We're all biking around instead of, god forbid, driving, and wearing tight lycra with pieces of metal attached to the bottom of our shoes and large foam caps anyway, why let your co-workers stop you from this one if it's comfortable, just take it in stride and laugh about it, I know I would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glomarduck
    Can't carry a film projector or a gallon bucket of latex in a saddle bag or some of the other strange objects I cram into my bag.
    Get a rack with a trunk. If anything, strap the trunk to the side and you can take a xerox copier or 21" computer monitor from home. Can't put an AC in a messenger bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glomarduck
    Can't carry a film projector or a gallon bucket of latex in a saddle bag or some of the other strange objects I cram into my bag.
    I could get a gallon can of latex in my Carradice Camper with room for some brushes and a drop cloth. I don't know about a projector - depends on the size. Super 8 is probably OK. IMAX is gonna be a no go but maybe with a Baggins Hoss...

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    I say messenger bag. I have a Crumpler very busy man bag (would hold TWO gallons of paint). Mine only makes me hot across the front strap. Other than that heat is never a problem. Backpacks on the other hand are. Whats more, a backpack on a bike ****s me up when I look back to change lanes, whereas the messenger bag is low enough on my back that its not an issue.

    Plus... backpacks look stupid.

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    I use a triangle bag cinched up tight to the body, but lately in the drops it's been sliding off!
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