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Old 08-24-05, 10:24 AM
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What do you carry your stuff in?

I'm curious what you carry your stuff in while you ride. Do you have saddle bags, a back pack, a bike messanger bag, something else altogether? I used a back pack but got frustrated with the inability to carry more things. I picked up a Timbuk2 bike messanger bag but was frustrated with the lack of a front pocket to put keys or my work fob in. I can probably remedy that with a carabiner strapped to the outside. When I ride, I'm not wearing anything with pockets, so I have to put everything in whatever I'm carrying. I'm just curious how you all solved that or if this is something that ongoing for all of you.
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I use the Arkel Bug pannier/backpack. It's a pannier that converts to a backpack. It has several pockets and functions well as both a pannier and a backpack. I'd purchase it again in a heart beat.

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Tansit pack on a rear rack. Wallet, keys etc go in a fanny pack that I either wear or put in the pack.
I have a small handelbar bag, but I usually don't pull it out.
Backpack for bigger loads.
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Depending on what I'm carrying and where I'm going, this is one setup I use........short of using pannier(s) on a racked bike. I hate carrying a load on my back...

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Well, define "stuff", I guess.

I try not to take too much; only what I really need or can't easily get on the ride. Usually that means: Repair kit (tube, levers, patch, multi-tool), $$, ID under the seat. "Food", keys, and maybe one extra layer go in the jersey pockets. Maybe a cell phone and extra water bottle depending on the ride also into the jersey pockets.
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I've been using an old Eastpak backpack that has held up nicely. I'm ready to try something new. I emailed Arkel with a question about their T-22 panniers, and they replied with this which should be really good news for Arkel fans:

Hello Jim,

Thank you for taking the time to write. Our T-22 or our new T-28 would work very well for the use you describe. The T-28 is basically a improved version of the T-22, at 28 liters it offers just a bit more volume and we added structure with an internal aluminum frame to prevent sagging. We also moved the side pocket to the top, making it easier to access and more functional. This top pocket is super practical to access small items such as smalls tools or sunblock without going thru the entire content of the main compartment. Our aluminum fully adjustable hook system will fit any rack, so if you ever change your rack setup the hook system will adapt, so you won't need to shop for new hooks.

I included a few pictures of the new T-28 for your review, the price is the same as for the T-22 and we have them in stock.

Hope this helps to distinguish us from the competition, write back anytime if you have more questions.



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Hmm...I keep tweaking things but this is what I have right now:

- A Timbukuk2 commuter messenger bag that mostly just carries my laptop. The bag's pretty impervious to water and I think the laptop better handles shocks better.

- A TransIt pannier rack trunk for a small tool-and-pump kit, some toiletries and work clothes, and any other stuff I need. I'm a teacher and I never quite know what things I'll be hauling home so I really like that this rack trunk has a pair of smallish panniers that unfurl if I need the extra capacity.
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How come your stuff is stuff, but someone else's stuff is called ****?
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Kristen, I use a CamelBak with a huge storage compartment, two side pockets, and a smaller pocket for my keys, wallet, etc. I carry two tubes, a spare tire, cables, a CO2 inflator, and enough tools to overhaul my bike. I have enough space left for several energy bars and enough clothes to last me for several days when I take longer trips. In addition, I have a handlebar bag that is very light and folds up in the bottom of my CamelBak when it is not needed.
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I use a small backpack for short rides, a single pannier on a luggage rack for longer rides. I only use both panniers for shoppin and touring.
Check out some of the luggage by Carradice. They make some very good large saddlebags.
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I use Kirtland (older then dirt) Panniers. Must times just one, left side, for commuting to/fro work. If I am out doing errands, I will throw on a second one to carry "stuff".

Left Pannier: Rain Jacket, Ziploc filled with Wallet and Cell, Krypto U-Lock & a Krypto Combo Cable Lock, Bunch of Quarters, Wire "zip" Ties.

Saddle Jandd Pack: Spare Tube, Patch kit, Some plastic looking tool, CO2 Filler-upper with 2 cartridges, Crescent Wrench, Tire Gauge, 99 cent presta/schader valve adapter... I still needs to throw a pair of pliers in there somewhere to bust off the pin iffin I needs to shorten the chain.
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I switched, last December, from a backpack to the Carradice Bicycle Bureau. I bought it from Harris Cyclery, and I think it was pretty close to $100. It is great for me (professor): well shaped for holding books and easy to put them in and out, plus it has a divider and enough room to carry my clothes and lunch for the day. It has easy access to a zippered pocket (in which I carry basic tools), and a small compartment separate from the main area (good for PDA, etc). The mounting system is awesome: every day I use it I am impressed by how quickly yet securely it mounts to my rear rack (Blackburn Expedition).

In the bag I always have a stuff sack and bungee cords; if I find myself with a suddenly too-large-for-the-Bureau load (e.g. grocery trip on the way home from work) I strap that to the top of the rack for extra capacity.

Caveat: I have very little experience with other modern bicycle bags. That is, feel free to take this as a glowing review for the Bicycle Bureau, but I can't claim that it is better than other products that are out there. I can say, however, that on the bike carrying is much nicer than on your back.
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