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A thread for discussing the merits of different types of by luggage, what you regularly lug and also a poll. Which do you use most frequently?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Courier Bag 5
Rucksack 4
Pannier 4
Other (discuss) 1
Trailer 0


Dead Cat Bounce (Ed), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 13:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Courier bag. Beats using a rucksack in the city. Strap it close to the front of the body to allow a) protection from pickpockets, and b) easy manoeuvring through crowds (how many times have you been wacked by a passing rucksack?). If you use a bicycle, strap it across your back and it doesn't affect your balance like a rucksack or pannier.

snoball, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 13:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was all about panniers for a long time, till I had a bike that couldn't take a rack, used to hate having anything on my back. I still don't like doing a ride longer than an hour or so with something on my back, however I like a courier bag for around town for much as Snoball says.

Still evaluating what I will want to do when I want to carry a laptop with me every day on the bike come January.

Dead Cat Bounce (Ed), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 13:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

i carry a laptop in courier bag. a backpack (is that what rucksack means?) sucks on a bike unless you have like nothing in it. but a courier bag sucks for walking with the weight on one shoulder, unless you have nothing in it.

someone who cares about bears (harbl), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 13:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

For heavy loads panniers are the way to go - for example when I do supermarket shopping - but for everyday use I'm another big fan of a courier bag. I agree with the above opinions: that they're great for cycling, but not so perfect for walking (though I do use if for that too, e.g. as airplane carry on); that, despite this, they are preferable to a rucksack for ease of maneuverability in a crowd and for ease of access.

krakow, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 15:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/7941/bikebureaunfrontlb2.jpg

this thing has been great, feels like i live out of it.

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 15:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

...and i live out of this:

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/products/609carradice_l.jpg

carradice saddlebag.

collardio gelatinous, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 16:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

and/or something like this:

http://www.mandiberg.com/shop/images/0908.jpg

collardio gelatinous, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 16:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

courier bag FTW. Messenger bag, as we call it stateside. I love my Baileyworks bag.

Super Cub, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 17:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love the Carradice saddlebags even tho have never ordered one, they just look like prime touring gear. But less so when you have you leave yr bike parked outside, is the problem.

Vampire romances depend on me (Laurel), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 17:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

If you use a bicycle, strap it across your back and it doesn't affect your balance like a rucksack or pannier.

A zillion couriers can't be wrong but I still don't get this. It doesn't look like the weight is any lower than with a rucksack.

allez, allons-y, on y va (ledge), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 17:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

When my large backpack is full of groceries it makes a big difference in my bike handling, but I think it's a poor design for loading up -- it protrudes backwards, rather than keeping the weight wrapped around the body. So it's probably pulling my center of grav backwards regardless of how "high" or "low". But for going 5 blocks, I can live with it.

Vampire romances depend on me (Laurel), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 17:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

courier bags ftw for versatility (have carried legal boxes, groceries, v v large flat things (4'x4'), and lots of beer) and load handling. backpacks ride too high by design: they're meant to have weight supported on your waist, which pushes the load up behind your head on a bike. every time i've worn a backpack riding, i've let out the shoulder straps a ton so that it rides lower. and flipping a courier bag to the front is excellent for crowd navigation, esp when you've got a HUEG bag like me (L Baileyworks).

they suck for walking around, tho. like, bad. and now that most of my riding is commuting (ie - same stuff everyday), i'm thinking of getting panniers. then again, they blow if you're trying to do any kind of fancy bike handling

the valves of houston (gbx), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 17:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

courier bags suck for the backsweat, tho, man. i was changing shirts every day when i got to school this summer.

the valves of houston (gbx), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 17:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love the Carradice saddlebags even tho have never ordered one, they just look like prime touring gear. But less so when you have you leave yr bike parked outside, is the problem.

this is a good point. for my primary use (commuting), it's fine, since i can bring the bike indoors at point A and point B.

collardio gelatinous, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 17:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

gbx, tell me how you got something 4 x 4' in your courier bag.

Vampire romances depend on me (Laurel), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 18:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

i didn't put it "in" the bag, Laurel!

0) Put empty bag flat on the ground
1) Open flap.
2) Lay v large flat thing (usually a print of some kind, in a cardboard sheath) on top
3) Take the straps from the flap and make them as long as possible
4) Clip!

the valves of houston (gbx), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 18:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2066/2492596157_fe5256dae2.jpg?v=0

kinda like how this dude's got a box under the flap, but not in the bag

the valves of houston (gbx), Tuesday, 21 October 2008 18:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/images/productImages/OU2673-031x.jpg
has been great thanks to highly adjustable straps. If it's really heavy I'll strap it to my rack.

NasenFlutin', Wednesday, 22 October 2008 00:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bike-specific rucksacks (not too heavy mind) are way better than courier bags which are unstable and poorly weighted. But fashion always wins these polls.

Mark C, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 22:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

*yawn*

my other son is a zamboni (gbx), Thursday, 23 October 2008 04:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

i mean, do you really think that fashion dictated anyone's decision here?

my other son is a zamboni (gbx), Thursday, 23 October 2008 04:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes! Do you really not? If it wasn't for fashion everyone (who needed to carry stuff often) would have panniers.

Mark C, Thursday, 23 October 2008 11:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

There are definite practical advantages to strapping to you back; speed of dismount and width of bike. Your balance and turning characteristics will be different too.

I am trying to decide between panniers and courier bag for school in january.

Dead Cat Bounce (Ed), Thursday, 23 October 2008 12:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

incidentally I saw a vaguely fashionable ladies handbag with pannier clips yesterday which I was pretty impressed with.

Dead Cat Bounce (Ed), Thursday, 23 October 2008 12:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Carradice Bike Bureau is an awesome piece if yr using a pannier rack. I have an Ortlieb office bag, and the Carradice is better IMO. The Carra SQR bag, if you have 2" of seatpost or more showing, is fantastic, really hard to beat.

The Plastic Fork (Pashmina), Thursday, 23 October 2008 12:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes! Do you really not? If it wasn't for fashion everyone (who needed to carry stuff often) would have panniers.

― Mark C, Thursday, October 23, 2008 6:59 AM (1 hour ago) [IP: 85.211.101.65] Bookmark

No, I wouldn't. Panniers can't carry boxes, groceries, and funny-shaped things. Their capacity is limited when compared to a large bag, and they fuck with how your bike handles. "People who carry stuff often" = most couriers, and they don't use panniers, by and large. If everyone were serious about carrying shit, they'd all have big ass front racks and be riding extra-cycles.

my other son is a zamboni (gbx), Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

I must say ~I prefer panniers for groceries, my poor back can't cope with that much beer.

Dead Cat Bounce (Ed), Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

I guess now they wouldn't hamper my grocery getting, in that my trips are much smaller now that I live really close to the store. Then again, I live close enough to walk, now.

my other son is a zamboni (gbx), Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow looks like carradice changed the bike bureau back to leather straps. i like the look of leather, but would hate to use a that style buckle. that said, the fastex ones on mine arent great either. i was hoping they would improve them.

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Thursday, 23 October 2008 17:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

wtf they went to a spring loaded rixen attachment that imo is fucking dire. booo.

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Thursday, 23 October 2008 17:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Pannier v courier bag boils down to extra weight on bike v extra weight on rider. As Ed points out, the placement of the weight affects handling. Riders going shorty distances in urban areas prefer the nimbler handling and look to courier bags, while more long haul riders probably would favor panniers.

Super Cub, Thursday, 23 October 2008 17:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Though it can't be great for bike handling, I usually ride with just one pannier. When I commute I use the left pannier to carry my work shoes, my three (count 'em) locks, my lights, etc. and have a rucksack on my back with my actual work stuff. When I ride at the weekend I use the right pannier to carry various tools, inner tubes, maps, food, drinks, etc. This way I don't have to keep packing and unpacking them depending on the type of ride.

The Resistible Force (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 23 October 2008 21:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

i always ride with just the left pannier, and even with 30lbs in it, once you're rolling you dont feel any imbalance. its very wtf.

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Thursday, 23 October 2008 21:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 29 October 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I personally think panniers should have beaten rucksacks, but there you go.

For me:
Courier bag ~ Panniers >> Rucksack

krakow, Thursday, 30 October 2008 09:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

LUGGAGE ADVICE SOUGHT

lookin to get some new luggage - not fancy but well constructed - a big rolling suitcase and a garment bag that attaches to it so they roll as one

plz recommend - and for bonus points tell me where to buy in nyc

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

airline crew IIRC get Travel Pro luggage for free

baout.com (dyao), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Site New Answers strikes again? Wasn't the orig thread an ILB one?

that stupid-ass cannibal pen-pal of yours (Laurel), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

lol also ps i love to ride my bicycle

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ortlieb make an airline carry on rolling bag that is also a pannier, not what you wanted but worth knowing about.

Mornington Crescent (Ed), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 13:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

the lightweight internal sleeve on my carradice bike bureau is tearing at the corner seams. its not robust enough to carry a netbook + legal pads.

i would recommend bike bureau to anyone though. it is otherwise very bomber and very smart, i use it for everything.

iro with the brown bag (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 16:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

think im gonna make bucket panniers

holosystolic murmur and the thrill (gbx), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

and get a small backpack, sick of the mess bag

holosystolic murmur and the thrill (gbx), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

carrying records on a bike - any great ideas other than strapping a milkcrate to a rear rack?

kind of loam but mostly sand (los blue jeans), Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Panniers?

Mark C, Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

how many records? I wouldn't want too many in a milk crate, too top heavy.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

something like 30 records, over 17 miles or so.

Big panniers could probably work but I was trying to be cheap. Weight distribution wise that is probably the way to go though.

kind of loam but mostly sand (los blue jeans), Friday, 23 April 2010 03:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

msgr bag imo

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 23 April 2010 04:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

pretty sure someone makes dj bags, dont know capacity tho.

fat mantis (Hunt3r), Friday, 23 April 2010 04:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

was this ever ported

loudmouth darraghmac ween (darraghmac), Sunday, 11 December 2016 23:54 (two years ago) Permalink


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