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Commuter Pack Recommendations(16 posts)

Commuter Pack Recommendationsmcbaker55
Aug 16, 2002 10:08 AM
I'm about to replace my 4+ year old Cannondale commuter pack with something that fits better, is more waterproof, and is a bit bigger (enough for work clothes, lunch, shoes, towel, and maybe an organizer or folder). What do you folks recommend? Thanks.

Beaverton, OR
As a former messenger and a present commuter (Timbuk2)onespeed
Aug 16, 2002 10:34 AM
I would never give up my Timbuk2 Dee Dog.

Big enough but not too big.
Timbuk2 rules and is one of my favorite sponsersakatdog
Aug 16, 2002 10:42 AM
I second that. Dee Dog with the interior pockets that come with the computer sleeve set up. I also have the padded shoulder and mini zip pouch which is great for keys and Startac phone.
Patagonia makes a nice messenger bagSuddha
Aug 16, 2002 11:13 AM
I have a Dee Dog as well and love it but lately have been eyeing the Patagonia Critical Mass bag...
CarradiceAndy M-S
Aug 16, 2002 11:12 AM
Get that bag off your bag. The Carradice Carradura saddlebag can hook up to your seatpost with a quick release system, and will carry everything you want. See
CarradiceAndy M-S
Aug 16, 2002 11:13 AM
Get that bag off your back! The Carradice Carradura saddlebag can hook up to your seatpost with a quick release system, and will carry everything you want. See

The new ones have a white painted-on reflector and black webbing instead of red (at least the one I have does).
Actually, I prefer it on my back...mcbaker55
Aug 16, 2002 1:01 PM
...thanks for the suggestion, though.

Another vote for Timbuk2KEN2
Aug 16, 2002 11:19 AM
I commute regularly with a Timbuk2 PeeWee and love it. Sounds like you would need the DeeDog... although, have you thought about leaving some things at work? I change out clothes and towel once a week when I drive, and keep shoes of several colors at work permanently. Why lug that stuff back and forth every day? All I take daily are folders I need, plus lunch/wallet/cell phone etc.
Why a messenger bag?MXL02
Aug 16, 2002 11:33 AM
Excuse this dumb question, but I cannot figure out how a messenger bag slung over one shoulder works on a bike? Doesn't it hit your legs when pedaling?
not just over one shoulderTomS
Aug 16, 2002 11:45 AM
It goes around your torso and sits on your back. I wear mine so the strap goes over my left shoulder, across my chest, and under my right arm. There's also a stabilizer strap that goes from the back, under my left arm, and hooks onto the main strap on my chest. Hmmm, that probably wasn't crystal clear...

Anyway they're nice for light loads, but with anything heavier than a change of clothes and a lunch they start to feel lopsided to me. Too much strain on one shoulder; plus I have a weird curve in my back where one vertebrate sticks out and the lack of padding in the timbuk2 bags can get painful.
Aug 16, 2002 3:05 PM
Get the Timbuk2 computer commuter they have padded backs
Sierra Trading Post Has Ortleib Bags....$49Gregory Taylor
Aug 16, 2002 11:38 AM
These things are great -- I've been using mine for about two years. Fits dang near anything that I want to carry, is tough as nails, and you could take it into the shower and the contents of the bag would be bone dry. Overengineerd by Germans Who Care About Such Things.
re: Commuter Pack Recommendationsmcbaker55
Aug 16, 2002 12:59 PM
Hmmm, one of the reasons that I no longer like the Cannondale pack is that it doesn't sit straight on my back - don't you find that bothersome with the messenger bags? My commutes frequently double as training rides, so hammerfests, hill intervals and sprints may occur - are the messenger bags secure enough for that sort of silliness?

"are messenger bags secure enough for that sort of silliness?"Ahimsa
Aug 16, 2002 5:56 PM
They are made for it.

I too use a Dee Dog and am quite fond of it. Feel naked without it sometimes.

They are adjustable for differing loads, and very expandable.

Consider what they are designed for: Carrying various loads on your back on a bicycle in traffic in inclement weather.

Does that sum it up enough?


A. (Also dig those Reload bags someone keeps linking us to everytime this subject comes up. They are beautiful.)
re: Commuter Pack Recommendationsnewhouse
Aug 16, 2002 1:29 PM
vaude sienna 40 - $90 approximately. i fit shoes, work clothes, workout clothes, lunch, bike stuff (pump, blinking light, tubes) in there. it is water resistant but also has a built in rain cover. it arches off your back so it doesn't get all sweaty.
I love my Vaude ...Humma Hah
Aug 16, 2002 4:46 PM
... mostly because the arched back is cooler than most packs, and it carries a 2-liter hydration pack if I want to get in a long ride after work.