Weight of commuter backpacks
Hi just got back from a 14 miles each way commute with a messenger bag
Got a day away from the office tomorrow so needed laptop etc and it nearly killed me !
Weighed it when I got home and it was 8.5kg-
What sort of weights are you carrying and how?
Given that weight would I best getting all tourer and putting a rack on?
CheersPosted 4 years agobrooessMember
I had panniers and a rack for a while. Couldn’t get on with them and the effect the weight had on riding. BUT – massive caveat – this was a very stop/start commute across London. On the bits where I had a clear run it was fine and carrying the weight became unnoticeable.Posted 4 years agoCloverSubscriber
I have a really nice but enormous Mission Workshop rucksack which balances nicely so I chuck everything in – laptop, lunch, spare clothes, shoes, shopping…. I did once pick up my bike in one hand and overstuffed bag in the other to find the bike was lighter (and it’s not carbon 😯 ).
That was when I had a short commute – 15 miles total per day.
These days it’s 40 (not every day) with 1000m climb and I really cut down what I have to carry. Still do it with the laptop when unavoidable but, as I say, it’s not tenable every day.Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
I commute with nothing more than wallets phones and keys.
I have an undulating 17 miles and am of clydesdale physique.
If I have to bring heavy stuff home or to work I have the advantage I can easily use the train one way. For me a weight like that makes the commute too much pain and not enough pleasure.
If I had to carry that weight I think I would rather a rack and panniers, although I am going to give a traditional duck saddle bag a go on the road bike to at least carry a packed lunch and a few other bits around. Messenger/rucksack always feels odd on the road bike (but not the mtb).Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
misread your ‘would I best getting all tourer’ as getting a tourer- as in changing bikes just to fit a rack.
A cross bike will give plenty of heal clearance with a rack on and you won’t really notice its there off road. You won’t really notice a pannier on it on your commute either. You’d quickly come to resent having any sort of back pack on, let alone a heavy one once you’ve fitted it.Posted 4 years agolexMember
I used to use an old karrimor rucksack on my 14mil each way commute. It would get very sweaty.
I got an osprey for my birthday and haven’t looked back. Very comfy, doesn’t get so sweaty and room for (sometimes) 2 macbook pros and some lunch. I often take the offroad route (over South Downs through stanmer park into brighton) and it doesn’t annoy me when it gets a bit bumpy.
Use it on my mountain bike and cross bike. No rack means I’m more inclined to take the fun routes.Posted 4 years ago
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