Sep 14, 2001 2:28 PM
|I am about to begin commuting to school by bike, and I was interested in hearing what kind of backpacks people prefer riding with(ie: What is comfortable, durable, ergonomics, etc.). Any opinions out there one which backpacks are better than others? Links to discussions on this subject? Personal preferences? Thanks!|
|My Personal Favorite---||Greg Taylor|
Sep 14, 2001 2:52 PM
|-- is an Ortlieb "Express" messenger bag. Extremely durable, good sized, waterproof, and comfortable. I got mine at REI for about $70.
The waterproof deal is important for me -- I commute in most weather, and carry papers back and forth from work. I was using a Trek backpack which was very comfortable, but would leak around the zipper and seams. The Ortlieb is a serious piece of kit...
|Arched-back Vaude ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 14, 2001 3:17 PM
|I'm using a Vaude pack, purchased from a Sports Chalet, which has a special arched back to allow cooling. It has a pocket for a hydration bladder (holds 64 oz nicely), but is otherwise set up as a full-featured day-pack. It has both the waist strap and chest strap, plus side adjusters, side pockets, back pocket, various loops. Seems to be nicely made, and I've ridden several centuries with it, and a couple of thousand training miles.
Really, it is too much pack for sport cycling, but a good carry-all for a pack rat like myself or someone traveling, camping, or commuting.
It is not cheap, usually priced around $90.
|re: camelback transalp||bsenez|
Sep 14, 2001 6:14 PM
|I have been using the camelback transalp every day for about 1 1/2 years now. it is extrememly durable and shows little if any wear, it also has a built in rain cover and many, many exterior mesh pockets and straps (because you always need to carry more than you think you will). the retail price is $130 and the only possible downside is it is heavier than many other packs (durable). interior cargo space is 1500 ci|
|re: Riding Backpacks||APG|
Sep 15, 2001 4:40 AM
|If you're a new triathlete, try out www.trinewbies.com and check out their discussion forum... best I've seen out there.
Good luck! Sorry I've got no advice about the backpack!
|re: Riding Backpacks||alex the engineer|
Sep 15, 2001 8:03 AM
|I tried using a messenger bag once, but just couldn't get used to it. They are probably great for messengers, but carrying lots of books is difficult, your load is off-center, and one shoulder carries all the weight. I use a conventional backpack when I need to use one on my road bike, or use my touring bike with front and rear panniers for carrying LOTS of books. as an undergrad, I often carried 50 lbs or more of engineering textbooks, etc, 8 miles each way, every day. If you need to carry lots of books, a road bike is not the best choice for transportation.|
|re: Riding Backpacks||Ken2|
Sep 15, 2001 9:04 AM
|Messenger bags are the way to go. Check out www.timbuk2.com for excellent bags in a variety of sizes. I find the smallest (PeeWee) to be fine for commuting. They also recently released a new line for commuters with laptops.|| |