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    Jul 2007

    Looking for a comfortable, small to medium-sized backpack....

    OK, I need a really comfortable small to medium-sized pack for my daily commute. Just enough to carry the basics - two Kryptonite New York City U-locks, some extra clothes, magazines, etc.

    The bag I'm really drooling over is the Rapha Fixed Backpack:

    The Fixed Backpack has been designed for lightweight urban commutes and carrying your everyday essential kit. It combines elegant, pared down styling with specialist road riding performance features. The pack is lightweight and designed for road riding. There is enough room for a lap-top, shirt, book and tools - just enough to keep you moving fast through the city. Capacity is 11 litres. The pack will fit a regular sized laptop - Apple Mac Book, or similar.

    The plain black exterior has reflective pin-dots to aid visibility at night. Tough Cordura fabric and waterproof zips keep the elements at bay. Light loops are positioned on the straps and back panel. The spine-configuration padding allows the bag to hug the riderís back comfortably, while a single chest strap keeps the pack stable. Two easy access side pockets are handy for keys and wallet. The inside of the pack is fully lined. There is a padded laptop sleeve, tricot-lined sunglasses pocket, tool pocket and pump retention straps. There is an A4 pocket that can also take a drink bladder.

    This looks pretty much PERFECT for what I want. Unfortunately, it's $150!!

    Can anyone recommend something similar that's a tad less pricey?

    Or recommend a site with a good selection of these types of packs that I can look at to come up with some options?


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    I started using my larger Camelbak (I forgot which model) without the bladder as a commute backpack. This works out fairly well since it was designed to be used while riding and they aren't all that expensive. If I need to carry a lot of stuff and have water handy then I carry the bladder, too.

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    I'm a big fan of Berghaus' Freeflow range and Karrimor's equivalent wind-tunnel. Berghaus seems to make them much tougher though. The ventialtion works quite well and they also have a pocked for camelbaks and whatnot.

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    I love the dakine apex...it's got space for everything i need and is designed with a biker in mind... pump pocket, felt lined sunglass pocket, bladder system, etc.

    'Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.'
    -Mark Twain

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