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Old 01-30-12, 09:11 PM
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What Bag (Backpack, Shoulder, Pannier, etc) Do You Carry? What's In It?

I'm one who carries my stuff to/from work in a shoulder bag. It's just lunch, my cycling booties and rain pants if I'm not already wearing them, a U-lock, a laptop, and miscellaneous little stuff - phone, pen, multi tool, maybe a couple of bucks.

The bag is an old (10 years?) Timbuktu messenger bag. Which is bugging me a bit, actually. It is waterproofed with rubberized stuff on the inside, and indeed water never, ever, gets in. But when it is really pouring - not uncommon here in Portland OR - the Cordura-like outside gets waterlogged, soggy and drippy. I'm thinking of finding something to treat the fabric with, to make it more water-repellent. Or getting one of the messenger bags with the rubberized stuff on the outside, from Timbuktu or others.

I'm not trying to say the Timbuktu isn't a good bag for your typical rainy day. Just that it could be better for your atypical rainy days. On the days I'm complaining about, my Burley rain pants leak, my feet are wet from water coming up through the bottoms of my neoprene booties, and my cap is drenched inside my helmet.

I used to use a very interesting pannier from Ortlieb. It is stiff gray plastic, opens like a clamshell, and is closed with a waterproof zipper, with double rubber gaskets. A serious bit of luggage and worked flawlessly, but just overkill.

What do you carry your stuff in? Do you commute heavy or light?
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The bags I use are a Banjo Brothers Large backpack, Banjo Brothers mess bag (also large), a Knog sling bag, and a Ogio Metropolitan. Which one I use depends on the weather and how much stuff I'm either taking into work or anticipate bringing home.

The Banjo 'pack is the foul weather friend. The rain gear lives in there unless I'm wearing it or it's drying. Other than that, I tend not to use it if possible because it's so freakin' big. I hardly use the mess bag. The Knog has a nice wide reflective swath on the back that carries to the front- the entire outer surface of the primary strap has the same reflective material. The Ogio has the organization that I crave, but does the worst in inclement weather- and has zero reflective bits (I compensated by using a safety vest that is big enough to go over it and me at the same time).

What I carry varies, but the bike carries the lock.
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Do have Ortlieb officebag pannier, had Mission workshop Vandal backpack but sold it as I wasn't really using it. Still do have Chrome Falcon bag for grocery gathering for office, sometimes do use chrome Vega for commute (rarely... now it is used more as man purse on normal going around).
Day to day, I am using Topeak Dynapack DX for majority of my commute.

Forces me to keep things at bare minimum and actually enjoy my light road bike. (okay... still half the weight of bike on that thing... )
Over time, my wardrobe has evolved to reduce the necessity for me to carry spare clothes, shoes etc. (all merino wool shirts, technical knicker or slacks such as cutter/chrome/outlier, chrome/DZR shoes). One way for me to commute using road bike without adding tons of extra weight and spending time changing, etc.

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I just use an all purpose North Face backpack. My ride is a bit too far with a big climb to use a messenger bag. I carry standard stuff like pens, leatherman, etc...and depending on the forecast I'll carry an extra layer or my rain gear. I keep shirts/shoes/pants at work, but I sometimes bring in my socks/underwear/tshirt with me. When it gets warmer, I'll probably stick solely to my Topeak tail bag since my backpack from making my back sweat. Right now I only use the tail bag infrequently.
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I also have a large Banjo Bros bag.

I typically carry lunch, a change of clothes, and a Macbook Pro but usually there's plenty of room left over for whatever else I might need to carry on a given day.

Generally pretty happy with it but the padding on the back is not very effective at either padding or ventilating. Don't really mind though. I sweat whether I'm wearing a backpack or not.
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Truthfully, the Banjo Brothers backpack would probably become my primary bag by default- except for one glaring (IMO) flaw. That would be the waist strap. The one provided is utter junk. I can handle a sweaty back, but I'm getting to the point where I'm not wanting (and unable before long) of supporting the entire weight on the shoulders.
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Luckily all I need is a Uniqlo Backpack. Comfortable and light.
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Ortlieb sport packer, rain gear in the right side + some left over..
left, reading glasses ,wallet, checkbook, medications , some things like a comb etc..
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Being in Ireland rain is a pretty big concern. I recently went for the Ortleib Downtown which is fully waterproof. I love the quick release fittings on these bags.

Depending on the time of year and how cold and wet it is I have overshoes, overtrousers, waterproof jacket, jumper, reflective vest, gloves, skull cap, balaclava, tools and lights. Then of course lunch. It holds all that with room to spare.

Ironically it's more full in summer months than winter as I need most of that gear (minus the jumper) in case it rains.
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In my messenger bag I carry: A tool kit (various hex wrenches, tire levers, a tube, a patch kit, a knife, a pump, some zip ties, some tape), an energy bar of some sort, pants, shoes, a shirt, underwear, usually a hat (probably a cycling hat), two rear lights and a front light, a cable lock, keys, wallet, a book, my phone, rain jacket, some sort of plastic gallon bag incase it rains for extra water proofing, and an extra pair of socks. I carry my main lock around my waist.

And its a Girl Bike Dog brand messenger bag... and I lost the sternum strap forever ago so I use one of the straps in the back to tie it around front.
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I've been using the Arcteryx Arro 22 for abut 6 years and love it! I carry the usual gear plus lunch and my stuff has never got wet.

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Racks, Ortlieb (Sportspacker plus). Easy on, easy off, the bike carries the weight and not my back. Room for clothes, shoes, pocket contents, occasionally a book or briefing, mid-afternoon snack, towel, spare tube.
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I have a Deuter triangle bag for longer rides, a pearl izumi saddle bag for shorter rides and currently I use a Banjo Bros Metro backpack for commuting. I might switch to the Deuter Race X Air backpack soon though as the Metro is quite large and stiff for what I need to carry to work.
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Tools and flat repair stuff are in a Topeak seat wedge that moves from bike to bike.

I commute very light on Tuesdays and Wednesdays--nothing but the seat wedge. On the other two days I use a pair of Ortleib Sport Packer Plus.

On Mondays they're loaded with work clothes for the week on one side, lunches and snacks for the week on the other side. Library books go where they'll fit. Only one of them comes home with me on Mondays, usually with library books and that day's shirt. The other comes home on Thursdays, loaded with the rest of the laundry and more library books.
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Angletech Aerotrunk. I can put pretty much whatever I want in it.

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Truthfully, the Banjo Brothers backpack would probably become my primary bag by default- except for one glaring (IMO) flaw. That would be the waist strap. The one provided is utter junk. I can handle a sweaty back, but I'm getting to the point where I'm not wanting (and unable before long) of supporting the entire weight on the shoulders.
My riding position is such that very little of the weight is on my shoulders, but I'd agree it's not a good backpack for hiking. For the money the Banjo Bros pack performs its job pretty well but it shouldn't be confused with a high-end bag or backpack. The materials are so-so.

One nice feature is the design of the roll-top. It's like a lunch bag which avoids the "wings" you get with other roll-top bags/packs. These wings interfere the sightlines over your shoulder. This design feature and the fact that a similar Ortlieb pack came with no organization pockets whatsoever, is what sold me on the Banjo Bros.
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I am sometimes at a loss after I,ve paid for my groceries on the way home. My trusted Camelbak Mule can be stuffed with quite a lot but it has it,s limits. Two pounds of fresh cod roe and a bottle of pink cava was no problem the other day. (my wife drives to work and ends up doing most of the shopping on the way home)
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I use a lightweight backpack (mountain HArdwear scrambler), but if it looks like it might rain heavily, I have an old Ultimate Direction Crank Borhters bag that has a rain cover built in.
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Repair kit told under saddle in wedge bag. For commuting, I used to use my Topeak rack trunk with its fold out panniers. Since I started grad school in the fall though I've been using my Axiom Lasalle panniers. One had lunch and change of clothes. The other has school stuff (so I can do homework at lunch), tablet, lock, wallet, etc. That way I can easily grab just one pannier to ride down to my evening class after a quick dinner at home. Works well for me...
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Multi-tool and flat repair stuff in a Jandd mountain wedge. Laptop, planner, jacket, lunch, everything else in a North Face X-Shot backpack. Lock goes on rear rack.
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Spare tube, patch kit, levers, multitool in under seat wedge. Everything else is in jersey/jacket pockets, except when I need to bring in new work clothes/bring back old work clothes. For those days I bring a backpack.

I also have something similar to a bento box (except lower - it hangs with two small compartments over the top tube, like panniers) which I can use for intermediate carrying needs.
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1. Black reebok duffel bag.

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I moved up to an Osprey Manta 25 after shredding a normal backpack after about 6 weeks of use. Daily carry is pretty typical: change of clothes, lunch and snacks, inflator and CO2, tube, multitool, extra batteries.

One strong feature on the Manta is the 'AirSpeed suspension' which puts a ~2 inch gap between the actual bag and the mesh layer that rests against the body. This feature makes the ventilation MANY times better than a normal backpack.
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I have an Ortlieb Office bag. Completely waterproof, and doesn't suffer from the out side getting soggy problem. The Outer material is too thin to hold much water, and the inside of it is plastic lined.

On any given day, I have a change of clothes, my laptop, phones, keys, etc. in it. I'll also shove rain pants in it if the weather may turn bad. I strap my lunch and rain jacket(if needed) to the rack and have a little underseat bag with some tools and a patch kit jammed into it.
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saddle bag with tools, everything else (computer, change of clothes/shoes, lunch, etc) goes in my Seagull Messenger bag, even fully loaded, I dont even realize I have it on most of the time
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