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Old 12-21-04, 05:03 PM
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Chrome bag saved my life!

Ok, it didn't save my life but I believe it saved me from a world of pain.
I was wearing it when involved in my accident a few weeks ago that sent me tumbling over the car and totaled my Kona. Most of the sliding across the hood, into the windsheild and down on to the ground seemed to be on my back from what I can remember. I walked away with not even a bruise other then a bruise-like pain on my inner thigh from hitting the bike seat during impact.

The reason for this thread is that I've seen many of you express your dislike for having something on your back for various reasons so you use panniers instead. Infact, I even ordered a set and a rack which ironically arrived at my office just hours after my accident. I ordered an Arkel Tail Rider and an Arkel Bug, both of which i used yesterday on my first day back in the saddle. I have to admit, i felt very naked and exposed without my Chrome. Similiar to riding without a helmet. Maybe its just post traumatic fear, but In my eyes the bag which held my clothes acted as a great cushion that saved my spine from possible damage.
So I think I am going to use the tail rider to hold tools, tube and other misc items but continue to carry my clothes in the chrome bag. I'll use the Bug for weekend adventures when the traffic and route is better than my weekday commute.

Anyway, just thought this was food for thought for those of you who might be trying to decide between the two bag options.
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Old 12-21-04, 06:37 PM
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Say, thanks for the post! That's good to keep in mind. Glad you walked away from the accident!
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Old 12-21-04, 07:51 PM
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Amen.

My back was spared injury by my Camel Back. I was riding my fixie and one foot came out of my SPD pedal as I was sprinting out of saddle. Next thing I knew I ate it was looking up at the sky.

When I got up, I took off my Camel Back and set it down by the curb. Looking at it, I noticed all these gashes on it from all the rocks and gravels (I ate it infront of a construction site). My pump was dented and my spare tube in the box was thrashed.

I usually ride around with my Boblbee hardshell pack. I imagine it would do a good job protecting my back too if I was to eat it again. It's my commuter pack. I wear the Camel Back when riding just for fun.

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Old 12-21-04, 09:03 PM
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You got to be careful when using a bag on your back. I've had the bag work for me and against me. Several months ago, I was trying out my first pair of clipless peddals when a boy hit me while trying to catch a football. I fell down but the bag had some of my tools (bicycle pump, lights) that went right into my ribs! OH THE PAIN! I thought for sure some ribs were cracked but the result were negative. If you're going to have a bag on your back, make sure no sharp or hard object are within.
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
If you're going to have a bag on your back, make sure no sharp or hard object are within.
...or wrap the tools (and other sharp/hard objects) in your clothes - or something soft to protect you. Keeps them quiet too!
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If you're that concerned about your back, use a back protector like the motorcyclists use.
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