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Old June 26th 05, 06:37 PM
scouselad
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Default Back pack for cyclists

Can anyone recommend a decent, *well-ventilated* back-pack, suitable
for a student commuting into uni (about 20 mins) every day? It would
have to be hard-wearing and big enough to carry a couple of A4 folders.

I've found plenty of bags designed for cyclists on websites such as
www.wiggle.co.uk and www.evanscycles.com but few of them have decent
ventilation at the back.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
Allan Lewis.

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Old June 26th 05, 06:49 PM
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"scouselad" wrote in message
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Can anyone recommend a decent, *well-ventilated* back-pack, suitable
for a student commuting into uni (about 20 mins) every day? It would
have to be hard-wearing and big enough to carry a couple of A4 folders.

I've found plenty of bags designed for cyclists on websites such as
www.wiggle.co.uk and www.evanscycles.com but few of them have decent
ventilation at the back.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
Allan Lewis.


Don't go for a backpack to wear whilst riding - all you end up with is a
sweaty back. Much better to use a rear rack & if you don't want to use a
pannier mounted on the rack, do what my son does who commutes a 13-mile each
way cycle ride to college & back - bungee the bag to the rear rack. Saves
getting a sweaty back and is much more comfortable cycling generally.

Also - try a posting on uk.rec.cycling for information & suggestions

Cheers, helen s

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Old June 26th 05, 06:51 PM
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"scouselad" wrote...
Can anyone recommend a decent, *well-ventilated* back-pack, suitable
for a student commuting into uni (about 20 mins) every day? It would
have to be hard-wearing and big enough to carry a couple of A4 folders.

I've found plenty of bags designed for cyclists on websites such as
www.wiggle.co.uk and www.evanscycles.com but few of them have decent
ventilation at the back.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
Allan Lewis.


I use a messenger bag, and keep it fairly low on my back for ventilation and
a lower center of gravity. Easier to get things in and out of the bag, and
the single shoulder carry is easier for walking around. I commute on a bike
with dropped bars, and I don't find a backpack comfortable for that riding
position.

My current bag is a Patagonia Critical Mass, not cheap but comfortable and I
expect it to last for a while. The new version has a sleeve for a laptop and
should hold a few A4 folders and then some.
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mark


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Old June 26th 05, 07:14 PM
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scouselad wrote:
Can anyone recommend a decent, *well-ventilated* back-pack, suitable
for a student commuting into uni (about 20 mins) every day? It would
have to be hard-wearing and big enough to carry a couple of A4 folders.


Google for Deuter. They have a line of ventilated packs. I have two,
like them a lot.

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Old June 26th 05, 07:57 PM
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wafflycat waffles*A*T*v21net*D*O*T*co*D*O*T*uk wrote:

Don't go for a backpack to wear whilst riding - all you end up with is a
sweaty back. Much better to use a rear rack & if you don't want to use a
pannier mounted on the rack, do what my son does who commutes a 13-mile each
way cycle ride to college & back - bungee the bag to the rear rack. Saves
getting a sweaty back and is much more comfortable cycling generally.


Another similar option would be to get a pannier/backpack. Though just
bungeeing a backpack to the rear rack is certainly cheaper.

http://arkel-od.com/panniers/backpac...asp?fl=0&site=

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Old June 26th 05, 08:00 PM
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Dane Jackson wrote:
wafflycat waffles*A*T*v21net*D*O*T*co*D*O*T*uk wrote:

Don't go for a backpack to wear whilst riding - all you end up with is a
sweaty back. Much better to use a rear rack & if you don't want to use a
pannier mounted on the rack, do what my son does who commutes a 13-mile each
way cycle ride to college & back - bungee the bag to the rear rack. Saves
getting a sweaty back and is much more comfortable cycling generally.



Another similar option would be to get a pannier/backpack. Though just
bungeeing a backpack to the rear rack is certainly cheaper.

http://arkel-od.com/panniers/backpac...asp?fl=0&site=


I have a milk crate on my rear rack. I throw the backpack into the
crate, put it on when I get there. Cheap, flexible and practical.
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Old June 26th 05, 10:35 PM
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Sorry, I never could tolerate backpacks while riding. They always left
me with a bunch of zits on my back.

Probably why I won't pay out for a Camelback either (I do use the hip
sack, though).

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And a really low gear for the hills!"

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Old June 26th 05, 10:48 PM
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Peter Cole wrote:

I have a milk crate on my rear rack. I throw the backpack into the
crate, put it on when I get there. Cheap, flexible and practical.


Don't judge yourself so harshly.

:-P


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Old June 26th 05, 11:30 PM
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Can anyone recommend a decent, *well-ventilated* back-pack, suitable
for a student commuting into uni (about 20 mines) every day? It would
have to be hard-wearing and big enough to carry a couple of A4 folders.

I've found plenty of bags designed for cyclists on websites such as
www.wiggle.co.uk and www.evanscycles.com but few of them have decent
ventilation at the back.


Trek used to make a killer cycling backpack, called the "Suspension
Backpack." Basically, the backpack itself never contacted your back, as it
was held away from you by a plastic framework, which was supported by a mesh
material that rested against your back. No sticky back, great product, no
longer made. Why???

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReactionBicycles.com


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Old June 27th 05, 01:25 AM
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"scouselad" wrote in message
ups.com...
Can anyone recommend a decent, *well-ventilated* back-pack, suitable
for a student commuting into uni (about 20 mins) every day? It would
have to be hard-wearing and big enough to carry a couple of A4 folders.

I lucked into a Schwinn backpack a couple of years ago. It's great. It has a
helmet pocket, room for a hydration pack, and a CoolMax back. No problem
with sweaty back, but I don't think it's made anymore.


 




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