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Backpack or Messenger Bag

Old 08-08-18, 02:54 PM
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Backpack or Messenger Bag

Hello fellow fixed-gear hipsters...

There are only two types of people in this world -- those who wear backpacks and those who wear messenger bags. As elitist cyclists, we all know aesthetic is everything and I know you have an opinion on this... So I present to you a fundamental question of urban riding: What do you sling on your back?
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Old 08-08-18, 03:30 PM
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Both, but when riding SS, usually messenger.
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Old 08-08-18, 03:53 PM
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I usually try and use my seatbag designed for bikepacking. However if I am going with a back based bag I generally prefer a good ole' two strap though for small stuff I have a Chrome mini messenger bag someone abandoned at work for a long time and I took home (it has a hole but is functional).
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Old 08-08-18, 04:19 PM
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it depends, I do both from time to time.

books/papers/files/rectangular objects: backpack
irregularly shaped objects: messenger bag

the messenger back I own is bigger volume too. I also use a camelbak on longer MTB rides as well.
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Old 08-08-18, 05:17 PM
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A true hipster has a three wheeled utility bike with a cart on the front.
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Depends on where you're taking it: Messenger are more appropriate in a business/office setting. However, a backpack is far superior when it comes to carrying capacity and load balance.

Also consider that many stores now don't allow backpacks but have no issues with messengers. I carry a Timbuk2 but after a short distance I long for a more balanced backpack.
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Old 08-08-18, 08:39 PM
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I use a large backpack. Kelty Redwing. It has a super light frame and I can haul a lot. I have put 42 lbs in it and ridden. (Harbor freight 3/4 set)

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Old 08-09-18, 12:20 AM
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Old backpack from motorcycle-times. Has a integrated rain hood which makes it very useful for me. Quick ride in the morning to the office. Long tour after work....
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I've used both for commuting, but prefer a messenger bag. One tip, the Timbuk2 bags have the best strap system, by far. The main strap can be easily adjusted using a special clasp, and their bags in include a cross trap. Meaning, if the bag is slung over your right shoulder, there's a strap on the left that keeps the bag centered on your bag. This gives you backpack-like stability, plus the added feature of looking like a cool hipster. You can see videos of the strap system in their web site, and they routinely have 30% off sales. I use this one, mainly because it maintains its streamlined shape when I add my clothes. https://www.timbuk2.com/collections/...13539626844202
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Backpack when I need to carry more stuff, messenger when the load is lighter/less bulky, and a fanny pack when I'm just out riding for fun.
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when in doubt sew your own,
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when in doubt sew your own,
I am still trying to thread the damn bobbin on my old sewing machine that a friend gave me after his mom passed. Now the dang thing is collecting dust when I was really hopping to use it a lot. One day I will find a friend who knows how to sew and have them teach me. When I sewed in home-ec a billion years ago I don't remember threading any bobbin. I do remember the top thread but nothing underneath. Maybe they did away with that on newer machines?
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i have been lucky and found videos for every machine i every needed on youtube. maybe you will get lucky or worse comes to worse take it to a sewing shop and have them show you how a few times.
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I started out with a messenger bag for regular clothes carrying to work. But ended up switching to a smaller osprey hiking backpack because it had the air venting on the back - which is absolutely needed in Houston most of the year. The chest strap is also useful. The messenger bag just sitting directly on my back was just uncomfortable sweat city. The backpack has outer zipper pockets that are handy for holding keys and stuff for quick access without having to open up the whole messenger pouch as well.
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Old 08-20-18, 08:17 AM
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I used to use a messanger bag in my younger days, and could never get comfortable with a backpack, but now Iím all about the rack/panniers. No sweaty back when I arrive at work.
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