Apr 13, 2002 5:27 AM
|I am going to start commuting on my bike in a few weeks would be sooner but i am recovering from a surgery. I was considering picking up a timbuk2 messenger bag to help carry what few items I will need at work, lunch and occasionaly paper work, change of clothes. At work i wear a uniform so my change of clothes will only be socks, t'shirt and boxers. I used to wear a camelback when i would go to the field, and on my mtb. I was just wondering if anyone could suggest a model big enough to carry these items. The thought of carrying extra water appeals to me because i do plan on taking the scenic route home. Any suggestions?? Thanks|
Apr 13, 2002 5:50 AM
|A friend of mine is starting a new business venture that involves the sales of a courier/messenger bag he designed with all the bells and whistles for less than what your standard courier bag will cost. I believe they are made from hemp and he is importing them now. (So if you don't like the bag, you could smoke it). Just kidding. Family owns a bike store in a small PA town, if you like I could put you in touch with him.|
Apr 13, 2002 6:20 AM
|Sure, that would be great. e-mail me the info firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, Josh|
Apr 13, 2002 5:51 AM
Sounds like a good application for a Vaude Aeroflex pack. They have a sleeve to put a water bladder in and arched light weight frame to keep the pack off your back.
The best cycling pack made IMHO
Specs for the Siena 40 off the Vaude Site:
biking, hiking, bike commuting, winter sports, urban grind, whatever
17" +/- 4" F.L.A.S.H. adjustment
Built in gear/helmet spider, raincover, tons of reflectors.
optional 70 fl.oz. BIG DRIP hydration system available
Big Drip Reservoir 70oz
|Second the Vaude Aeroflex||litespeedcat|
Apr 13, 2002 6:15 AM
|I have a Siena 30 that I have used for about a year and one half and it is so comfortable I almost forget it is there. I even recorded my highest avg speed for a 15 mile solo effort with it on and loaded with clothing and what not on my way home from work.
bottom line it is comfortable and holds an h2o bladder, shoes, clothing, and other nick nacks. I paid $89 for mine with the Platapus(sp?) bladder.
Apr 13, 2002 7:20 AM
|i've got the big one...40, i believe. thing can damn near carry my whole wardrobe. yesterday i was able to fit 2 college textbooks, 3 notebooks, Kryptonite lock, shorts and a shirt, socks, and my helmet INSIDE with a little room to spare...along with a full bladder. i used the helmet carrier thing to strap in a pair of shoes. nice and comfy. feels heavy when you pick it up, but when you put it on your back it's nice.|
|Does the Siena have?||Kristin|
Apr 15, 2002 7:15 AM
|I couldn't tell from the website...does the Siena have lash straps on it? I'm looking to by a hydration system for day hikes and so far, I'm considering the Camelback Peak Bagger primarily because of the lash straps, 100 oz capacity and sturdy/wide hip straps. If the Sienna can provide all of that, and be a little smaller...heeeey!|
Apr 13, 2002 11:46 AM
|i suggest a deuter quasar. the total capacity is about 25 liters volume, and it can hold either a 1.5 or 2.5 liter water drink system (similar to camelback). the quasar weighs i kilo and comes in black and yellow. retails for about $90. also it has a frame that prevents the pack from touching your back. its extremely comfortable. this should be able to accomodate all of your clothing and water needs. if you would like something smaller, deuter also makes the race-x-air. the capacity is 14 liters and can also accomdate a 1.5 or 2.5 liter water system.
you can find these at deuter.com.
|Try the Camelbak TransAlp. nm.||Ian|
Apr 14, 2002 2:51 PM