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Panniers vs Backpack?

Old 12-03-21, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I weighed into this thread in 2017. That's when I was using a Timbuk2 backpack. It didn't last very long, but it wasn't expensive, either. My spouse gave me her Osprey backpack, as she wasn't using it. Wow. Now this is some serious equipment. It has a gap sort of thing to keep the pack away from my back. It touches me only on my shoulders and my hips. It's surprisingly heavy when empty, and that's because of the internal frame. The frame makes the weight sit on me so the total weight feels less than with other backpacks. It has a zillion pockets. After a couple of years of use, I just discovered more pockets. She got a women's model and it barely works for me. I'm not a large man, down to about 5'8" tall.

I've noticed that putting luggage on a heavy bike doesn't worsen the ride much but on a light bike, it makes it much worse. That's why a backpack makes sense for so many of us. It's also simpler than panniers. You can't really use panniers for anything but their intended use.
Which model? Radial with the kickstand? Now that feature is very useful for packing., pack stands up on its own. My Radial feels pretty light empty. Also has a rain cover built in and stowed in the bottom. They are very durable too,. Perfect commuter pack IMO.
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That Commuter Panner looks nice and 150 bucks is really not much these days. At least that's cheaper than a nice purse. I personally used a back pack for years when commuting. There was no way I was going to put panners on my Liotto road bike. I found that keeping all the stuff in my pack low and at the bottom made it more comfortable. For me it had to be big enough for a pair of shoes and a light change of cloths. I would get to work early and do a spit bath at the sink then change. As long as I kept the packs load low and close to my waist it really did not effect my balance and proprioception.
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@GeneO, I don't know which model, but it doesn't have a kickstand. That would be nice.
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