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Commuting backpacks(6 posts)

Commuting backpacksMacRolnif
Mar 3, 2003 11:47 PM
It's almost time to commute on the bike.

It's also time for me to get a new backpack for commuting. I've read some about Oakley backpacks, but was wondering what other options people are happy with.

I want a backpack that hugs well and doesn't hit the helmet when spread out over the bike (I've done this before). It also has to be large enough to carry a small laptop (I have a 12" PowerMac), clothes and shoes.

Anybody have any experience with the Oakleys or other brands? Are you happy with any of them?

I'm in Northern California, so I'm thinking of waiting to see if I can find one over at the Sea Otter.

Thanks!
Vaude Aeroflex (link in message)Scot_Gore
Mar 4, 2003 5:11 AM
http://www.vaude.com/packs/packs_main.cfm?subcatagory=Daypacks

Now, watch the 2nds roll in. A great backpack for cycling.

HTH

Scot
Vaude Aeroflex, How big???stlman
Mar 4, 2003 5:16 AM
What can you comfortably fit in a pack that size (I am assuming you are talking about the Siena 30) i.e. clothes, lunch and shoes???

Thanks.
Vaude Aeroflex, How big???Scot_Gore
Mar 4, 2003 5:46 AM
I have the 30, but folks should pick the one that works for their needs.

From the link:

SIENA 40
VOLUME in3:
2200
DIMENSIONS:
21x14x9 in

SIENA 30
VOLUME in3:
1600
DIMENSIONS:
21x12x7 in

SEMI
VOLUME in3:
2000
DIMENSIONS:
21x12x6 in
re: Commuting backpacksB2
Mar 4, 2003 7:09 AM
For packs in this size range, look for something basic. You don't need a good suspension system since the waist belt isn't going to carrying any load. I see REI has pretty reasonable packs in the $50 - $60 range. I'm sure there are lots of other similar deals. You can probably find several that are even less expensive. Sierra Trading Post might have something?

Like you mentioned, you need to be careful with packs that extend above the shoulder straps. They will hit your helmet when you're in the riding position.

Good Luck,
Bryan
Thanks, everyone! (nm)MacRolnif
Mar 4, 2003 10:46 PM