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Offline perec4stor

does a messenger bag is practical ?
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:22:52 am »
Hello fellow cyclists,  8)

I'm considering using a messenger bag while cycling but have some concerns about its practicality. I would appreciate your insights and experiences regarding its suitability for cycling.
Would you recommend it for everyday cycling? Does a messenger bag stay securely in place while cycling, without affecting balance or maneuverability?  :)
Any additional tips, suggestions, or alternative options for carrying items while cycling would be greatly appreciated.

« Last Edit: June 05, 2023, 11:29:46 am by perec4stor »

Offline ray b

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2023, 11:21:52 am »
I grew up carrying musette bags (from Turin Bicycle Co-op) and graduated to messenger bags of all shapes and size, so proabably not the best for advice. The few times I use one, it sill feels like I a sticky place on my mid back where the bag sits after all those youthful years of practice.

As you have already imagined or experienced, if the bag swings around and hangs down while riding aggressively on the drops, it gets in the way.

I'd say that the modern messenger bag is pretty well designed, with single shoulder and retention waist strap to keep the movement at a minimum.

That said, a better design that carries the mass more symmetrically (something you're back will appreciate in your doteage) would be the modified lumbar "fanny packs" that use 2 shoulder straps and and a waist strap.

In the end, as soon as I "graduated" from rackless racing bikes, I stopped carrying any weight on my body. Stuff I need to carry goes on the rack, or if heavy, down low in small panniers.

Crossed paths several times on the GDMBR with a well-loaded, young adventurer from Vermont who carried a chunk of equipment in a lumbar pack. By the 3rd time I met him, he was trying to figure out how to get that weight off his body and on the bike..., anywhere on the bike.  If nothing else, think about that extra mass pushing your rear onto the saddle with every bump.

Ride on.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2023, 11:25:56 am by ray b »
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline perec4stor

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2023, 11:29:25 am »
Thanks for the insights!
Your advice about transitioning to using racks or panniers on the bike is noted as well. Your input has been really helpful in my decision-making process. Thanks again Ray !  :D

Offline ray b

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2023, 12:08:24 pm »
Of course, I should add, that if you are efficiently carrying large documents around town as a professional bike messenger, the messenger bag is the only reasonable solution.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline perec4stor

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2023, 12:23:37 pm »
Thanks for the extra note, but yes I was talking about long distance, so I will look to equip my bike than equip my back haha

Offline ray b

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2023, 04:16:23 pm »
I like that - will quote you on it sometime in the future.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline dkoloko

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2023, 11:20:11 am »
I would not recommend a messenger bag for long distance or local cycling trips, unless you need to carry large oblong objects locally for short distances. Long distance I don't like any bag on my back.

Offline perec4stor

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2023, 11:28:02 am »
I would not recommend a messenger bag for long distance or local cycling trips, unless you need to carry large oblong objects locally for short distances. Long distance I don't like any bag on my back.

So you carry all your stuff on your bike as well ? Thanks to the racks ?

Offline dkoloko

Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2023, 09:24:00 pm »
Not sure about the "as well". For long distance primarily road touring, no pack on my back or messenger bag on my side. Pannier bags hanging on rack; nothing on top of rack. No handlebar bag.