If you guys are making just a short trip to a summer home, or something like that, maybe about a 2 hour ride at most, but you need to take a couple of extra pairs of clothes, do you just shove them under your jacket or do you wear a backpack??
If you wear a backpack, what kind of pack do you wear??
I use my big ol' Targus laptop backpack. It's got lots of little storage nooks and crannies, it has a padded compartment for my iBook, and (most importantly) is has some huge swaths of shiny, silvery, refletive-y material on the rear of it. This is a Good Thingtm.
I know a lot of people use backpacks but I was always concerned about using one in the event of an accident. Anything hard, bulky, pointy, etc. may not be the best thing to land on, making a bad situation worse. I use a magnetic tank bag and/or a tailbag. Cost about $60.00 each from Tourmaster and come with a bonnet for rain riding. I get rain suit, shoes, toiletries, and clothes for a week in that set-up. Just something to think about.
I've got a regular old Jansport that I use for daily commuting (when I need to take something to/from work). Works well, but I agree if its more than an hour or so, you're better off with some kind of luggage...less strain on your back and its less likely to cause injury
I have been using these for over ten years. They expand to hold a lot if you have to. You can adjust them to sit the weight on the seat behind you or rest in the middle of your back. Positioned right they are very comfortable and briefcases fit perfect inside. Look at them before you go the backpack route.
I've got a backpack by Northface. In addition to shoulder straps, it has a waist strap and a chest strap. I was concerned about the bag shifting around and this keeps everything in place. A friend has a magnetic tank bag which converts into a backpack. Pretty neat feature. I was skeptical about the magnets being able to hold it on, untill I borrowed it for a trip. It held great. I think the bag was by tourmaster but there are many others.
Originally posted by Tamara I use my big ol' Targus laptop backpack. It's got lots of little storage nooks and crannies, it has a padded compartment for my iBook, and (most importantly) is has some huge swaths of shiny, silvery, refletive-y material on the rear of it. This is a Good Thingtm.
Is that with or without the iBook? How many sets of underwear can you put in that backpack?
I use a modified NorthRiver backpack. The bottom is leather and the back is padded. I normally don't carry anything that would hurt, in any event (unless I'm going to get new tires, then I carry tools).