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Old 11-09-09, 01:44 AM
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Timbuk2 Bullitt or Knog Hot Dog/Dry Dog - Anyone?

I did the search and came up empty handed. There are some threads that are similar but not quite what I'm looking for.

Does anyone have any experience/seen first hand/used/whatever with;
-Timbuk2 Bullit
-Knog Hot Dog
-Knog Dry Dog
-Any of the other Knog shoulder/pannier bags

I really like the idea of a good looking (my opinion of good looking) shoulder bag that can be attached as a pannier as well. The Knog bags seem to get mixed reviews based on the very few things written about them. I think the Timbuk2 bag is brand new because I can't find any information about it at all.

So do you guys know anything about these bags or know of similar ones?

FWIW I will be using the bag for commuting to the train (all road) and then going to school. I'm pretty sure this type of bag will work for me pretty well. Thanks folks!
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Old 11-09-09, 05:31 AM
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The Knog bags are relatively small in my opinion. I don't own one but an LBS here stocks them. They seem well-constructed, and the inside flaps feature drawings of what appears to be a naked pre-pubescent girl. I guess it's an attempt to be edgy or something. If you can deal with that (I can't) they may be worth trying out.
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I dont really like the idea of a bag that attaches to the bike and tries to be a back pack too. People have been trying for years to get that one right and they always seem to be a compromise. I think either bike is likely to get so much road grime all over the back of them after a reasonably long ride that you are not going to want to throw it over your shoulder after wards. I know that when I ride with my panniers (grocery type) I wouldnt want to wear them after wards, especially after rains, since you are choosing water proof models.

I would consider a Wald Basket of some sort for the rear rack.

http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/...ingbasket.html

These are folding baskets, I have used them and like them plenty. Just take a regular, comfortable backpack (ie has not stiff back plate like a pannier) and put it in the basket. Park the bike and remove it. Get one of there basket liners as well to keep road muck off of your back pack while you ride. The baskets are bolt on so they can not be removed without two wrenches.

Or get one of these:
http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...product=20-102

The large one is for the rear rack and can hold pretty big loads. Also get a cargo net like in the pictures to hold the back pack in. Only cost $20 cant beat that.

If none of these ideas appeals to you then consider a chrome bag. They are the most comfortable riding bag in my opinion because they are designed to hug the top of your back rather than bounce around on your lower back, where it is bent while riding. They are also bombproof. How long is your commute anyways?

If still none of these ideas appeals to you then I like the Timbuk2 much better than the knog if only for style reason, though it does seem pretty big on their models. Timbuk2 makes great bags that last a long time. I would at least buy it from REI so that if you end up hating it then you can return in no questions asked.

Does this help?
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Old 11-09-09, 06:59 AM
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Oh sorry I forgot. This is what I use.
http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...product=20-133

Large saddle bag, I lashed it to the rear carrier with a wire cable lock and leave my simple tools and pump in the saddle bag when I park the bike. I keep my messenger back in the main compartment and jsut remove it after the ride. Pretty price for commuting but I also use it for touring so it was worth it.
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Not really what you're looking for,but I've tried messenger bags, panniers, etc., and while I think panniers are great if you've got tons of stuff and/or a longer commute where you're on the bike for an hour+, for everything else, I've been really impressed with the Banjobrothers commuter backpack. The medium size is impressively large without being overly bulky, waterproof, and well designed with reflectives and simplicity. The best commuter backpack I've used by far.

Might want to check out the Banjobrothers website - they make a bunch of neat commuter-type storage items.
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I have a Knog Franks dog, which is a 15" bag.

As a shoulder bag, it is nice. Nice looking and the wide soft cloth strap is comfortable. The laptop sleeve is unfortunately non-removable which eats up a lot of space if you're not actually carrying a computer - really my only complaint with the bag.

As a pannier, it is acceptable. The clip-on rack mount has stayed in place so far. There is no bottom mount/support so I would expect that a jarring enough hit would bounce the bag from the bike.

For us, this is an outing bag. Something we take out to eat, or to wander around town on the weekends. And yes, there are naked "kids" under the flap. One male, one female. I'm guessing every bag has something different, though I've only personally seen the inside of two.
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That timbuk2 bag looks really odd, it sits to high up on the rack for my taste. It seems like having a bag mounted up that high would really mess with your handling, especially is you only had it on one side.

If your bike has the geometry for it, I like a small handlebar bag for commuting, something rack mounted. something kinda like this


it holds everything I need (but I pack light), it plays well with the handling of my bike ( but i admit it doesn't work for all) and (at least my bag) works well off the bike as well.

ok, that does seem to be a lot of modifiers, but no solution is perfect for everyone, this just happens to work for me.
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I've got an Ostrich bag just like the one fuzz2050 was talking about. I regularly keep the shoulder strap on because it makes the bag so convenient. I have a decalleur attached to it, and it is a big box, so it really isn't the most comfortable thing to wear. If you're just walking around the farmers market for an hour or so, it's not that big of a deal. On other occasions, a big box like that can be a burdern.

As for bike utility, the Ostrich bag is pretty awesome. It holds a lot of stuff, is sturdy, looks good, and attaches/removes without any hassle.
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Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post
I dont really like the idea of a bag that attaches to the bike and tries to be a back pack too. People have been trying for years to get that one right and they always seem to be a compromise. I think either bike is likely to get so much road grime all over the back of them after a reasonably long ride that you are not going to want to throw it over your shoulder after wards. I know that when I ride with my panniers (grocery type) I wouldnt want to wear them after wards, especially after rains, since you are choosing water proof models.

I would consider a Wald Basket of some sort for the rear rack.

http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/...ingbasket.html

These are folding baskets, I have used them and like them plenty. Just take a regular, comfortable backpack (ie has not stiff back plate like a pannier) and put it in the basket. Park the bike and remove it. Get one of there basket liners as well to keep road muck off of your back pack while you ride. The baskets are bolt on so they can not be removed without two wrenches.

Or get one of these:
http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...product=20-102

The large one is for the rear rack and can hold pretty big loads. Also get a cargo net like in the pictures to hold the back pack in. Only cost $20 cant beat that.

If none of these ideas appeals to you then consider a chrome bag. They are the most comfortable riding bag in my opinion because they are designed to hug the top of your back rather than bounce around on your lower back, where it is bent while riding. They are also bombproof. How long is your commute anyways?

If still none of these ideas appeals to you then I like the Timbuk2 much better than the knog if only for style reason, though it does seem pretty big on their models. Timbuk2 makes great bags that last a long time. I would at least buy it from REI so that if you end up hating it then you can return in no questions asked.

Does this help?
Thanks for the suggestion. To be honest I will probably not go this route with the basket because I don't really like the idea of permanently keeping them on my bike. I really really really don't want to ride with a backpack or any sort of messenger bag on my back because my ride is probably an hour long (yay for hills too) total one way and I don't want to have to shower or be completely nasty in class when I get there. For this reason a bag that can be mounted as a pannier is a must.

Good call with going to REI.
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Originally Posted by fuzz2050 View Post
That timbuk2 bag looks really odd, it sits to high up on the rack for my taste. It seems like having a bag mounted up that high would really mess with your handling, especially is you only had it on one side.

If your bike has the geometry for it, I like a small handlebar bag for commuting, something rack mounted. something kinda like this


it holds everything I need (but I pack light), it plays well with the handling of my bike ( but i admit it doesn't work for all) and (at least my bag) works well off the bike as well.

ok, that does seem to be a lot of modifiers, but no solution is perfect for everyone, this just happens to work for me.
I don't really like how handlebar bags look unless they're being used while touring. Also this type of bag is probably not best to be used as a book/laptop bag for school. Thanks for the suggestion though
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