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Old 04-05-11, 02:07 PM
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Any reviews or thoughts on The Hybrid Backpack?

The "Commuting with no Shower" thread had a post that mentioned something called The Hybrid Backback, which I googled and found at: http://www.hybridbackpack.com/

My backpack holds a computer and is significantly wider than the rack on my Dahon folder, and I am a little concerned about just bungee-ing it to the rack and having it fall off to the side. The Hybrid Backpack looks interesting (and it looks like I could still fold up the bike with the backpack attached, which is a big plus for multi-mode commuting), but if anyone is using it, I would love to hear your comments.

Searching for "hybrid backpack" here gets too many posts, all apparently unrelated to this device.

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Old 04-05-11, 03:51 PM
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At first I thought WTF that is just silly then I watched the videos and find it to be quite ingenious
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One order of panniers, please!
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Originally Posted by gunner65 View Post
At first I thought WTF that is just silly then I watched the videos and find it to be quite ingenious

I agree ingenious; however, also a bit of a solution in search of problem. A simple bungee cord can do much of what that doodad is doing and a set of large panniers would do so more stably.
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The stretch that makes bungees so versatile is also a liability because cargo can shift, make the cord stretch, and allow the cargo to fall off. Sure you can stretch the to add more tension, but that also assumes you can always attach the hooks in a better position or wrap them somehow.

Non elastic straps work much better for anything heavier than about 10 pounds.
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
I agree ingenious; however, ... a set of large panniers would do so more stably.
Please keep in mind that I'm riding a folding bike, and one of the two train lines I ride pretty much requires I fold it. This kind of rules out panniers, and the 20" wheel rules out a single large pannier on the non-folding, outbound side.

Also, I am aware of the existence of bungee cords. ;-) However the rack is 5" wide and my backpack is 16" wide, and I am concerned that the bag will just roll off the side of the rack given too much bungee cord tension, yet may slide off the back with too little tension.

At this point, I am also considering a set of "S" Carabiners to clip the top handle of my backpack to the seat rails, which then props the backpack on the rear part of the rack. And then use some bungees to secure the bottom part of the backpack to the rear part of the rack. The pack would clip on and off pretty quickly, so I could still fold the bike easily when necessary.

Still seeking firsthand accounts of this Hybrid Backpack thingie, however...

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