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Riding Backpacks(7 posts)

Riding BackpacksNewTriathlete
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 transalpbsenez
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 BackpacksAPG
Sep 15, 2001 4:40 AM
If you're a new triathlete, try out 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 Backpacksalex 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 BackpacksKen2
Sep 15, 2001 9:04 AM
Messenger bags are the way to go. Check out 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.