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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:33 am 
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Hi,

can any of you guys recommend a decent backpack?

it needs to:
1. have a padded compartment for a 15'' laptop (i dont mind going for a non padded compartment as long as the cost is lower, so I can buy a padded laptop sleeve)
2. be cycling friendly (not roll around on my back, hit my head, etc)
3. hold some documents (lets say 1 full A4 binder, 1 A4 notepad and a book)
4. hold some clothes (jeans, t-shirt and shoes),
5. £60 max

its basically for cycle commuting to uni, but also cycling day trips,

I have found the Pakuma K3 36L but have read poor reviews on distribution of space,

thanks


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:42 pm 
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I use a North Face something-or-other Hydration Pack as my larger cycling pack (I also have a smaller Karrimor).

With the Hydration pack removed you get 3 compartments. I'd say one of the larger volume bags could fit a laptop and an A4 folder (not a large ringbinder though), and still have room for your keys, phone and wallet.

They sell 'em in Blacks.

You're gonna have to go and look for yourself to truly know if any bag fits your needs, but i can defo vouch for the quality of the north face bags (although the bladder is pony - i use my Camelback bladder instead).


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:06 pm 
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I got a backpack from the local co-op filling station, £4.99 it was......

Even though it was cheap, in comparison to a karrimor or north face, it's




Bloody Rubbish!!!

I'd go with TallPaul- go and try some in the Flesh, as it were.........


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:41 am 
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I got a Deuter backpack about 4 years ago with a shaped / framed mesh bit that keeps the actual pack of your back, greatly reducing the sweaty back factor when carrying a bag. I still use it every day, although mainly walking not cycling, but have taken it on all kinds of riding / running expeditions and love it.

Definitely money well spent at around £30 I think

Until a friend came back from China, with an EXACT copy that cost him a fiver! I think his has worn out now, but there you go


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:10 pm 
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I use a North Face Messenger bag like this one.....

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Huge, my 17" laptop rattles around in it. Handy waist strap too to hold it secure if you're not used to Courier bags. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:22 pm 
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Ultimate back pack. Bit over your price range but they are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo comfortable to carry heavy loads.
And still maintain great upper body movement.

http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/backpacks/ ... k75u0e9fd7


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:58 pm 
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cheers guys, great help,

those ergon packs look great, but 15L capacity is a bit small,

didn't think of messenger bag before, will have a look at those too,


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:14 pm 
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BC3 is a bigger one
http://www.ergon-bike.com/en/backpacks/bc3.html


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:15 am 
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i use a boblbee bag totally waterproof an fits a 15" laptop no probs also offers it brilliant protection, very comfy and cool in the summer as has a webbing back peice not cheap but nwither was your laptop! see: http://www.boblbee.com/


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:36 pm 
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they are very nice and the mesh optional extra would be great for holding dirty cycling shoes,


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