Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Davis CA
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
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Messenger bag tips needed
Back in April, I got a size small Timbuk2 classic messenger bag. It was an impulse buy, and when the buyers remorse set in, I didn't expect to use it for cycling that much. I was wrong.
I've worn it every day on my 28 rt mile commute. I've carried my laptop in it many times with no resulting back pain. This coming from a guy who's been hospitalized for back pain in the past.
But I found the bag a bit small. So I bought a medium Timbuk2 bag (half off at REI). More stuff fits in it, but that makes it heavier.
So I have a few questions.
1. What are the normal limits of weight and distance for messenger bags. Does anyone else really load up their bag and then ride 10-20 miles with it? Is there a trick to carrying a lot of weight in a messenger bag comfortably?
2. Any tips on how to load a messenger bag?
3. What's the best way to position the bag? High on the back, or low? Centered or off to one side or another?
4. My back gets pretty sweaty. Any way around that?