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    Best pack for commuting

    I commute to school, work, what ever and my general commute is only 3 miles but when I'm carrying my books it's pretty uncomfortable and just doesn't feel right while I'm riding my bike . My question is what is the best pack for commuting? I really don't want racks because I only have one bike. I'm leaning towards a messenger bag but I don't know if it will make a difference. What do you guys use?

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    Get a Chrome Metropolis. I've use it everyday for years. It's dirty, abused, shows no wear, waterproof, tons of room. $135. Do it.

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    Thats what I was thinking about but it looks kinda big, how does its size feel on your back? I'm kind of thinking about going for the chrome citizen (next size down from the metropolis) but I'm thinking it might be a little small.
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    or a pack from banjo brothers. good stuff.

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    Before I went to rack/trunkbag with fold out panniers, i used a Northface Recon backpack. Locks in place comfortably, roomy, hydration compatible. Great pack.

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    Get a toppeak front basket..

    Clip and go. If u going for weekend downhill ride, just clip off and yr bic will again looks like a serious MTB.

    http://www.bicyclestore.com.au/Topea...657-c-377.html

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    i used to be a messenger. the messenger bags that have the strap that goes diagonally across your chest are designed for the convenience of swinging it around for quick access. they are NOT the most comfortable way to carry a load on your back. a two strap backpack will win every time for comfort. if you have a heavy load with books and all, look for thick shoulder straps, a waist strap and chest strap to help evenly distribute the load. the back of the bag(the part that contacts your back) should be firm and ventilated as well. doesn't have to have a rigid frame, but a foam material sewn in goes a long way to adding support.

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    Deuter Race Air X

    i love using backpacks keeps everything centralized on your back and Deuter's packs have a nice feature that allows tons of airflow.

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    I use a Chrome Metro. I like the bag very much. But I think Sean Salach makes some very good points about messenger bags. The OP may want to check out the Chrome back packs. Good stuff. I have seen them in use and they are very nice.

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    I have carried some very heavy loads in my Metropolis and have found it stable and very comfortable. My only real complaint (which isn't much of a complaint) is that the bag gets heavy and stressful to carry when walking as the entire load is only on one shoulder. I rarely walk so I don't care.

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    My experience echoes Sean Salach's: I had a Metropolis and it was awesome...UNTIL I started riding with a 17" laptop et cetera (maybe 12+ lbs) on a real commute every day, and it was torture. I immediately got a backpack, which happened to be one of the Chromes as well (they're local, gotta support em!), and things were much happier. If you want a Chrome backpack, the very largest size (which I got for my needs) does have over the shoulder visibility problems due to its width. Other than that, utterly love it.

    But in terms of other brands, you've got a huuuuuuge world of packs to choose from. You need to seriously take all your daily commute stuff, pack it into a bag in a store, and try the fit. That's the only way to be sure. Sean's also got it right in terms of sternum and waist straps; they help a lot, just don't get any that are super thick. I happen to be a huge fan of Osprey packs, FWIW.

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    Just to throw in a few cents worth... I tried the messenger bag thing for 6 months, but found that with heavy loads, the one-shoulder imbalance was really tweaking my neck and shoulder muscles. I switched to a Deuter (futura 28), and it is a great bag. Regardless of brand though, for heavy loads, I'd go for a decent backpack over the messenger bag any day. The downside is that you lose cool points....

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    I'm not a big fan of a lotta heavy books in a sack on your back. Too high, too uncomfortable, makes your ride more difficult. Why would you NOT want a $20.00 Pletscher rack, made in Switzerland since 1962, on your bike? They're so retro, they're cool, and they work great with chunky, compact loads like books, or heavy U locks, or the like...especially because of the spring loaded clamp. Wouldn't be without mine, and I've only got one bike at the moment as well

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    I tend ride stunts and jumps that are out of my skill level quite often so I crash every now and then, and I figure the rack will just get knarled up in those. Also I commute every day rain or shine and I don't like the idea of having a separate bag or my main bag sitting on a rack. Although if I build a straight commute bike in the future I picture panniers and saddle bags on it.
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