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Well, maybe hunchback is a bit misleading......

I had to carry a pretty big text book to work today and had no other option but a backpack, since it was (is) supposed to rain I threw on my waterproof pants and threw my others into the backpack as well so I could change into more suitable clothing once I arrived.

How in the hell do people stand doing this? Having that pack on during braking is like having a gorilla shoving you along (it's a big text book ok?). Not to mention the mild crosswind that was turned into hurricane strength due to the extra surface area added to my person by this unholy contraption. I was scared to maintain normal speeds on the 3 sweepers I go through, worried that I may just keep on leaning over........

Here's how my 36 mile commute went:

Minute 0: Leave the house after fighting to get pack on over jacket elbow and shoulder pads. (departure was delayed 5 minutes)

Minute 5: Stop at road side to tie up flapping ends of straps

Minute 8: Back on the road

Minute 14: Stop at road side to untie straps so I could tighten pack to prevent it moving around on my back. This was uncomfortable and a fire risk (ballistic nylon vs. ballistic nylon, like a fat man in corduroy pants)

Minute 18: Remember to retie those flappin straps

Minute 19: Back on the road.

Minute 21: Blown into the left lane (oncoming traffic)

Minute 23: Fingers going numb, pack is cutting off circulation

Minute 28: You get the picture by now..........

I see others ride with packs all the time........so what's the deal? Personally, it seems like a lower back injury waiting to happen to me, so I won't be doing it again anyway. Just curious.
 

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I bought a Kriega right after I had a cheap backpack shoulder strap fail on the interstate. Let me tell you, that will get the 'pucker factor' high enough to hold you on the seat with pure vacuum - damn near sucked a hole in it.

Well worth every penny.
 

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Catahoulabulldog said:
this is what I have for my ride to work, I do NOT recomend it... repeat DO NOT! even with the waist straps its a pain in the arse....
That's weird - I also use a large Timbuk2 messenger bag, and find it very comfortable even with all kinds of stuff in there: books, shoes, thermos, keys/cell/wallet...I make sure it's low on my back and the cinch strap pulled tight, no problems.
 

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kartstar said:
Catahoulabulldog said:
this is what I have for my ride to work, I do NOT recomend it... repeat DO NOT! even with the waist straps its a pain in the arse....
That's weird - I also use a large Timbuk2 messenger bag, and find it very comfortable even with all kinds of stuff in there: books, shoes, thermos, keys/cell/wallet...I make sure it's low on my back and the cinch strap pulled tight, no problems.
ya its the weight displacement at 90+ and the nice left hander I like so much.
 

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I use a full size oakley backpack that has a hardshell and keeps its shape. it has a chest and waist belts on it, and the only problem iver had with it is being slaped by the damn straps. Even at upwards of 100 mph I dont have a problem with it.
 
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