Rucksack or panniers.. whats best?
If it’s gym and shower kit then a messenger bag. I tried panniers when I was coumuting and could never get on with the weight on the bike. It was better for less sweaty back, but for 5 miles, not that much in it.
If you do use panniers then you’ll need ones that detach to take your kit in to the gym.
I used a messenger bag for 10+ years, by far the most comfortable for me.Posted 3 years agoTooTallMember
I used to have a 5 mile commute, tried both and preferred the load on my back rather than on the bike. It’s a personal thing and you need to try it for yourself. If you want really waterproof, Ortlieb panniers or I have their messenger bag (it’s a rucsack). I sweat anyway, so a sweaty back was no issue.Posted 3 years ago
I liked having my bike feel like my bike and gym kit won’t feel much different to a Camelbak with enough water for a long day.transporter13Subscriber
I prefer panniers now. Once you get used to using them, you hardly notice the difference other than for tight spaces if carrying a lot of kit. I’ve always carried with a bag on my back until last year but won’t go back now.Posted 3 years ago
Panniers also have the advantage of being able to pick up the after work 6pack
Im moving in August and will be commuting 5 miles each way(I know its not a great distance)
I sometimes have to take a fair bit of kit to work with me so was wondering what would be best?
I would need to buy either a decent pack or panniers and a rack.
StevePosted 3 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Definitely consider one of the Carradice or similar big saddlebags – no sweaty back, less effect on the bike than panniers. Though cotton duck often feels damp when it hasn’t actually leaked.
fwiw, I picked up some Avenir panniers off eBay about 3 years ago – Ortlieb rolltop waterproof copies. Have never leaked in all that time in some awful weather, less than a third of the price.Posted 3 years agoTiRedMember
I mix it up. Pannier briefcase for commuter fixed wheel (although it is lightened without rack at the moment) and rucksack for road bike. Over five miles, it comes down to whether you will change or not. I’d take it slow, with pannier, unclip my briefcase and stroll in. For longer/faster rides, I like rucksack.
The difference in weight for me is 2 kilosPosted 3 years agodufresneoramaMember
Lomo do a couple of waterproof rucksacks at very reasonable prices. Panniers are good for stopping sweaty back and as said above good for picking up heavy extras on the way home.Posted 3 years ago
I had Panniers on my SS commuter and was perfect for the office, but since starting uni it’s not practical walking around with a pannier all day so I take a rucksack.rhbrhbMember
All options here:
Caradice stuffed with tool roll, lock & sonetimes waterproof stuff
Timbuk2 bag for other day to day stuff.
Rack for carrying bigger stuff home, e.g. small shopping load or if parcel stuff delivered to work to save trip to p.o.
Thinkng of ditching the rack tho.Posted 3 years agonedrapierSubscriber
My standard recommendation is one of these:
Takes a laptop as long as it’s not a big one, 16L of space, waterproof, unclips in 2 seconds, when you’re not using it, you’ve just got a plastic block on the seatpost rather than a whole rack.
Love mine, 2 friends who’ve bought them because of mine love theirs too.Posted 3 years agotoby1Member
I have a similar commute and have tried a selection of backpack courier style packs. But I moved to a pannier and haven’t looked back. The rear mounted rack also acts as a mud guard and while not 100% effective has been very good. It does add some weight to the bike, but I’d rather have it there than on my back.
I have been using Altura panniers but they are starting to show their age after 3 or so years, the waterproofing is almost all gone.Posted 3 years agoSTATOMember
I typically go panniers, for the reasons given above but also the flexibility. Fill a rucksack with your daily clothes and your maxed out, panniers typically have more space. Add in the fact you have a rack and it allows you to add chores such as shopping to your commute, or bring home parcels delivered to work etc.Posted 3 years ago
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