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Commuter Backpack(17 posts)

Commuter Backpackvontresc
May 9, 2002 9:56 AM
Well I have recently started to commute to work on my bike. I usually carry all the stuff I need in a backpack and change at work, but my 7 year ols school backpack just isn't cutting it anymore. Does anyone out there have any good suggestions as to what to look at??

Also since I will be using my new Gunnar roadie(picking it up today) I am not interested in panniers or rack bags.


P.S. what are your thoughts on the camelback daypacks...
re: Commuter Backpacktronracer
May 9, 2002 10:12 AM
I got the Pearl Izumi Velocipak a few months ago. The comfort and features of this bag are amazing. After using the pack, I felt that the pricetag is somewhat justified, $139. The zipper broke a few months into heavy daily use, but I sent it back to colorado cyclist who then sent it to Pearl Izumi and in under one month I had a brand new pack. How's that for cutomer service? Sorry, don't mean to cheerlead, just that for the customer service and quality merchandise, you can't go wrong with this pack.
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I hate backpacksAndy M-S
May 9, 2002 12:55 PM
If your commute covers any distance at all, you're going to sweat. And your shoulders will hurt. I know everyone thinks it's odd, but here's the alternative. It's a Carradice Carradura, mounted to an SQR quick release (the little black and red item on the seatpost). The whole thing, except the SQR block (black and red thing) comes off the bike, so you don't need a rack (presumably the reason you don't want to use panniers or a rackpack).

It's shown on my foul-weather bike, but I also have an SQR block on my road bike, and it really works well. You can get the Carradura at, and they also stock the SQR system.
The Best, In My Humble OpinionGregory Taylor
May 9, 2002 10:24 AM
Is the Ortleib XPress Messenger bag. Roomy, waterproof, and tough as nails. No zippers to pop or leak. I've been using mine for about 18 months, and wouldn't go back to using a backpack.
re: Commuter Backpackcdlynx
May 9, 2002 10:26 AM
I have a 10 mi (ea. way) commute and have been using a Vaude Pack ( for over a year. I pack my shoes, dress clothes (work retail) and all accessories in easily and comfortably. The straps hold the pack securely and comfortably to your back, and the bonus is the mesh panel back that allows some evaporation when needed. There are internal and external pockets that hold everything securely. I'm sure other commuters will post favorably if they use this pack.
re: Commuter BackpackJoshua
May 9, 2002 10:38 AM
Check out the vaude splash I have the 25 model and love it.They use what they call an aerofit system. The bag only touches your back in two places due to the frame design. It really helps with ventilation and keeping your back cool. The bag itself can hold anywhere between 1200-1800 cubic inches and has a place for a bladder to use as a hydration pack. It also has a built in rain cover. The bag is normally around 80.00 but i got mine on sale 64.00.
Hope this helps


Long-haul buddy with open-architecture AEROFLEX tensioned-mesh back. Air-cool your engine and keep your back from becoming a federally protected wetland. Room to stash your gear - the juice, the e-bars, the pump, the tools. The around-the-pack expando-zip gives you more room for more stuff.

mid-sized AEROFLEX daypack
mountain biking, hiking, winter sports, urban grind
19x12x8 in
15” +/- 4” F.L.A.S.H. adjustment
2lb 3oz
Built in gear/helmet spider, raincover, tons of reflectors, expando zip
optional 70 fl.oz. BIG DRIP hydration system available
Royal/Black, Titamium/Black
Gear/Helmet Spider
Expando Bellows A clever around-the-pack zipper increases the volume of the SPLASH 25 when you need it.
F.L.A.S.H. Fit
Gear/Helmet Spider Tucks away in front compartment.
re: Commuter BackpackLowend
May 9, 2002 10:43 AM
I got a Pedros messenger bag from Nashbar for $27. I tried a backpack, but it was too high n my back and interfered with my helmet.
Timbuk2 for over 8 years now.onespeed
May 9, 2002 11:11 AM
I used it the last 4 years I was a messenger and continue to use it today while I commute. It is still waterproof today. The extras this bag has in add-ons are pretty cool also. The website lets you "build" your bag color, style, add-ons and whatever.

I have had friends take the bag to the beach, fill it up with ice and a 12 pack and used it as a cooler.

Check them out online.
R.E.LOAD messenger bags <<<<<<Gotta check this linktronracer
May 9, 2002 11:21 AM
If you are going to go with a messenger bag. Support the small guy. R.E.LOAD bags are the most CUSTOMIZABLE bags out there because they are HANDMADE. You can get a handmade bag to your own specifications for under $100. Their prices are pretty competitive with the big guys. A company started by couriers for couriers. The Q-factor is a big plus too.
I have been out of the loop for a while.onespeed
May 9, 2002 11:28 AM
This looks like an interesting company.
K2 backpacks @ nashbarslow-ron
May 9, 2002 11:47 AM
I just bought a K2 pack from nashbar and I really like it. Lot's of space & a large reservoir but it still feels like a smaller camelbak.

I paid $49 for it.
Lowe Alpine: Flywheel 30Fr Ted Crilly
May 9, 2002 11:59 AM
I recently purchased the Lowe Alpine Flywheel 30, and have been very impressed while using it for my commute to work.

Nice price. I got mine for approx $50.
Built in raincover is useful.
External cord for carrying helmet outside of the pack.
Nice size; 30 litres is a good size for working clothes, shoes, towel, shower stuff and a notebook.
Stability on back while riding, (unless packed to bursting point - see below)

When packed to absolute maximum, I find it's stability on my back isn't as good as it is with my usual load.

All in all, a very nice pack.
Ditto on the Vaudeirnchf
May 9, 2002 12:01 PM
I have had one for about a year. It has lots of pockets and the mesh aeorflex feature means I get to work without a sweaty back. On the down side the aeroflex frame reduces the amount of storage space. I can carry my work close and a few accessories. Adding shoes makes for a tight fit but it works. However, I keep a pair of dress lofers in the office so I don't have to.

Other nice features:
- Setup for a hydration bladder
- lots of reflextive stuff
- a loop to hang a flashing light
- stable support

One of the belt swivels tore out and I elected to fix it myself by adding a washer instead of taking it back to my LBS. So far that is the only defect.
Vaude ...Humma Hah
May 9, 2002 2:19 PM
... they're expensive, but I wouldn't trade mine for any other I've used. I commute with it almost every day, have also worn it on several self-supported centuries, and longer.

The key feature is an arched back design so that the pack is supported off your back. Against your back is only an open mesh, and so the pack does not get sweaty and you stay cooler.

My pack has a large pocket for a hydration pack, which neatly fits a 2L Target Flexi-Flask.

The pack is ergonomically engineered, has a waist strap and a small strap between the shoulders. Mine's over-fancy, really a hiking pack with too many widgets, kinda heavy. I believe there's a lighter cycling version.

It seems to be quite well made, and is holding up well. For $80, it OUGHT to!
Vaude and DueterAndante
May 9, 2002 2:25 PM
Vaude and Dueter make some of the best thought out cycling packs out there. Many sizes, hydration compatible, rain covers built in, and this cool mesh that is tensioned and keeps the pack off your back. Really, it works. I would never commute with any pack without the tensioned mesh feature (all the camelbacks are sweat monsters).
you guys are outrageous...Djudd
May 9, 2002 2:59 PM
everytime I turn around there is some new/old something that opens my eyes. I have been commuting for years switching between a Carridice saddle bag and an old Timbuk2 messenger bag. I thought I was dynamic, cool and knowledgeable about commuting and bags. Hummah says "Vaude bags are great"- I never heard of them- I check the website- voila!! I have to have the seat trunk. Do I know anything?!?! I think not.
I am humbled before the knowledge on this board
re: Commuter Backpackzeke
May 10, 2002 12:21 AM
check out deuter. i discovered them this year, and bought two of them (different sizes). both have ability to handle up to a 2 liter hydration pack.