I recently got a job that's located 13 miles away from me one way. It's a good route, country roads with little traffic except for one small stretch. And it's really easy to mix and match routes to get in more mileage on the way home. But before I can ride there, I have to get a good backpack. One really important thing though: I DO NOT NEED A HYDRATION SYSTEM. I really prefer water bottles. If they're only made as hydration systems I guess I'll have no choice, but I'd really like to stay away from it.
Ideally, it needs to be small-- all I have to transport with it is khaki shorts, a polo shirt, socks, underwear, a belt, and maybe size 10 sneakers. I can just leave the shoes and belt at work. Maybe I'll have to carry some paperwork here and there, but I'm good at keeping things unwrinkled.
Does such a thing exist, or has the market moved towards the clunky bookbags with hydration systems? Would I be better off with a messenger bag? I'm not sure how you hold onto those things, do they go across your back? Unfortunately I haven't been seeing many options at performancebike.com or anywhere else so I'm open to suggestions even if they don't meet what I'd prefer-- I'd rather be able to ride to work with a big bag than not at all.
Thanks! I really hope I can get some help on this.