- Best commuting rucksack?
Thinking of getting a new rucksack for commuting. Commute is short (1/2hr) but I often do training on the way in so ride can be up to about 2hrs, including hill intervals etc.
Up till now I’ve tend to leave clothes at work and just take a credit card to buy lunch if doing a big training session on the way in, but aiming to get more longer commutes in this year so probably need to take more with me.
So rucksack requirements: good ventilation, good visibility (reflectance etc), enough space for a packed lunch, change of clothes and a notepad, ideally waterproof
Loking at the deuter ones. Any other suggestions?Posted 2 years agofrozenwhiteMember
I ended up using my Dakine snowboarding rucksack. I just added some 3M reflective tape. Ideal as it has the hydration packPosted 2 years agojoebristolSubscriber
Another vote for the Lomo bike backpack. Had mine about a month and it’s great. It’s fluorescent yellow with reflective strips on it so very visible.
It’s waterproof material that is wipe clean and had a roll top bag – it’s effectively a dry bag.
Plenty of room inside it and comfortable to commute with – even with shoes / laptop / chargers / notebooks etc.
Think it was £30 too, so pretty cheap. Only thing is there’s no internal pockets – I bought a pack of 3 x mini dry bags from Lomo that cost £7.50 which are great for small things.Posted 2 years agoprawnySubscriber
Further to my previous answer, the reason I don’t use a rucksack is because I use a Carradice SQR Slim, which would be my choice every time.
I like the big saddlebag option because when you take it off you’ve got a normal bike without a rack on. I tried a clamp on rack too, but it was a bit crap.Posted 2 years agodragonMember
Not as cheap as they were, but the Alpkit Gourdons are fine for what you want. Come in a few sizes.
I have a red one, which stands out fine, and in winter clip a small rear light to the compression straps.
However, I only use it occasionally and try to commute rucksack free when ever possible.Posted 2 years agovincienupSubscriber
Osprey Axis for me.
Tried courier style bags and didn’t work for all the same reasons my paper round bag didn’t when I was a kid – with the difference being it was full of stuff I cared about.
I could see panniers working maybe for cranky cranky transportation (nothing wrong with that) but if doing anything at all more adventurous then suddenly it no longer matters how much the back of the bike weighs because you just strapped a load more to it.
I can understand the whole ‘hot back’ thing but I honestly don’t believe there’s a sane way round it that doesn’t involve not carrying stuff to work…Posted 2 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
I also have a bridge street bag, really good and pretty lightweight.
I also have a chrome cadet bag (man bag) which is really good and I tend to use more as its easier to use out and about at work.
Whatever you get make sure its at least water-resistant as its a ball ache pulling a cover out.Posted 2 years agojoebristolSubscriber
This is the Lomo bag I’m now using after a similar thread.
I considered the carradice sqr slim /Posted 2 years ago
Sqr dry but I couldn’t get my hands on one to look at and they were more than double the price and non high vis.TheBrickMember
If you are putting in a decent effort for any amount of time they are all sweaty. Even the “ventilated” ones with a arch on the back. The difference is limited as your top is still pulled tight over your back and the air flow is limited.
I have a large ~40L lomo which is good strong and waterproof but a bit bulky and small 20L decathlon one. Lomo also do a smaller version. Narrow and not too tall. Fits my body well and doesn’t move, and that’s the point you need to try a few on to see what fits you and your riding position.
Panniers / saddlebags etc feel more comfy for cycling but the bike definitely feels more dead and obviously less manoeuvrable so if you don’t have to carry much weight a backpack keeps you feeling more nimble.Posted 2 years ago
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