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Old 02-21-09, 12:18 PM
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Back pack or pannier bag

I am currently using a back pack to carry some needed item such as hand pump,multi tool kit ,camera,etc, not much in weight,would it be more practicle to change to pannier rear bag? i don't leave the bike unattended anywhere.thanks in advane.
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Old 02-21-09, 12:21 PM
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I am currently using a back pack to carry some needed item such as hand pump,multi tool kit ,camera,etc, not much in weight,would it be more practicle to change to pannier rear bag? i don't leave the bike unattended anywhere.thanks in advane.
So you never lock up your bike and walk away?
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Old 02-21-09, 12:23 PM
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depending on the size of the items, it maybe possible to have a handlebar bag, and you could pair that with a saddle bag.

If those dont work, then consider getting a rack and you can get the panniers or a trunk bag. I like topeak's trunk bags because they attach via a rail system (but you need the topeak rack).
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I don't leave my bike unattended ,not even outside the police department but i do have a long cable lock in the back pack, i think i only need one pannier back for the top of a rear rack, not those with 2 on each side, i will check Topeak then, BTW,Dinotti is having a sale on their 200 head light for $95.
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Old 02-21-09, 12:31 PM
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I think the consensus here is: personal preference.

I occasionally use both. For me, personally, though, I almost always wear a low profile pack (Camelbak Blowfish) that carries my basic necessities and even my light daily loads to work. I also keep a burrito-shaped paddling dry bag folded flat and bungied to the top of my rack for overflow or not-quite-pannier sized loads when my pack is full.

Most every Saturday, though (like today), I Beverly Hillbilly up with panniers and bring clean clothes, breakfast stuff, sodas and juice, etc. in to the office for the following week (it allows me to run light and fast on workday mornings).

What's "best" depends on the person, the bike, the load, and what works or feels like works best.

Having said that, of course, there's no reason why a knock-down, drag-out discussion of absolutes cannot ensue...
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I do it a couple of different ways. On bikes like my Raleigh Superbe I keep the necessary items in a saddle bag that lives on the bike. Ditto my long haul tour bike. On my "city" bike and grocery getters I keep a drawstring ditty bag on a shelf by the door. When I head out with one of those bikes I grab the bag and toss it in the basket or pannier. Those bikes use the same sized tubes so I am good to go. FWIW I use the Topeak Morph series pumps and keep one in the bag on any bike that has one. Several of my bikes have frame pumps, but the Morph is soooo much better.

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I have the Topeak rack and the small trunk, I wish I had gotten the one that expands up, I could use it alone for 95% of my trips... the smaller one is great for 85% of my trips... Something to think about anyway... I have the explorer rack with a single bar, I would highly suggest getting the Super Tourist with the lower bar so the rack doesn't interfere with the trunk... Mine does, and I am thinking about moving this rack to a different bike and getting the two rail rack for my main bike. Other than those two over sites on my part I really like the MTX mounting system.
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I used to use a backpack but didn't like it making me top heavy - I often carried a lot of stuff. Also I hated the sweaty back, so I switched to panniers and I much prefer them when I am going to school / work to carry my books / clothes.
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Already been mentioned, but a saddlebag (especially a large one) is another option.

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