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Small backpack for small items needed

jeremyrundlejeremyrundle Posts: 1,091
edited March 2011 in Commuting general
Having gotten into cycling I have now removed my handlebar bag as it is clumsy, however when I go out I do want to carry a small camera, a sandwich and a few small things.

Can any of you proper cyclists please advise on a not too expensive, small cyclebag, that will fit a larger chap please, I have looked ar rucksacks from say Halfords/Argos but they are all school size, I want something that fits lightly on the back with say the capacity to carry a large loaf, if that helps.

No hydration needed, there are pitstops for that.

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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    Have a look at the Tesco hydration bag for around £12 and don't use the bladder, I use mine more without than with the bladder.

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-0611.aspx
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  • AndyMancAndyManc Posts: 1,393
    I've just bought one of these, I got it for £28, discount for being a Wiggle customer that has spent more than I'm willing to admit. :roll:

    I've been looking ages for a 'decent' size rucksack, this one is perfect.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deuter-speed-lite-10-litre-rucksack/

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  • AndyManc wrote:
    I've just bought one of these, I got it for £28, discount for being a Wiggle customer that has spent more than I'm willing to admit. :roll:

    I've been looking ages for a 'decent' size rucksack, this one is perfect.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deuter-speed-lite-10-litre-rucksack/

    deuter-speedlite-10-10-med.jpg

    +1 on that. I've got the race exp air which is brilliant, a little bigger and more expensive, but i reckon AndyManc's suggestion is what you'd be looking for
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    i have been through a few camelbaks now, i normally forget to wash em out an they grow all kinds of weird and wonderful things inside the bladder...

    for my daily commute i use one of these

    http://www.webtogs.co.uk/Berghaus_Freef ... 20Backpack

    well this is actually the newer one of mine but they really fit to your back really comfy
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  • Some superb suggestions thanks.
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  • just got myself an Osprey 5.5
    http://www.ospreypacks.com/detail.php?p ... escription

    it's great, so slim against your back yet I seemed to get loads in it, the outer pocket is flexible so you can stuff a bit extra in if needed, and it has a lid-lock

    this is my 2nd Osprey bag, got the Talon 22 and have used it for cycling, its very comfortable and reasonably waterproof in a decent downpour
  • I favour a bum bag / fanny pack over a rucksack when there is not too much to carry. It has been discussed before here.

    I have a 9 litre North Face lumbar pack like this. Pretty comfortable to wear and can bungee to rack if required.
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  • redvee wrote:
    Have a look at the Tesco hydration bag for around £12 and don't use the bladder, I use mine more without than with the bladder.

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-0611.aspx

    i picked one up today, strange pricing tho, the bladder is the same price as the whole bag, as you suggested, take bladder out, and you can easily fit a waterproof in there as well
  • I'm another bum-bag user - Mine's the Innov-8 one that Wiggle sell - it doubles as a hydration bag if necessary but I've never used it for that. Can get plenty in it - Montane Featherlite jacket, spare t-shire, wallet, blackberry, iPhone, spare tubes, levers, micro pump, co2 inflator, 2x co2 canisters, work pass and keys, and a couple of MuleBar megabites... Waterproof, robust and very comfortable with the advantage of not having a sweaty back or pull on shoulders
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  • crazy88crazy88 Posts: 560
    I like the look of that Tesco bag, think I may have to get myself one of those. Am i correct in assuming that the bladder is not included?

    Do camelbak's have a removable bladder and do they come with one? If so, their price doesn't look so bad when you consider the need to buy both the tesco items.
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    tesco bag comes with the bladder inside, becareful when/ if you get one though i split the screw cap on the bladder by tightening it too much
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  • crazy88crazy88 Posts: 560
    mudcow007 wrote:
    tesco bag comes with the bladder inside, becareful when/ if you get one though i split the screw cap on the bladder by tightening it too much

    Thanks mate! Really appreciate that...I have been known to be heavy handed on more than a few occassions. I am really liking the bag though, I may get one ordered to my local tesco and go grab it sometime this week. I refuse to pay £5 delivery :) I wonder if I could get one attached to the wife's tesco food shop :) haha
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  • jeremyrundlejeremyrundle Posts: 1,091
    Many thanks for all your help, with the photographs you added and links I managed to locate a Dakine session (never heard of it) with loads of pockets for £30. Now I am able to get my sons eggs and bacon when I go out without carriers hanging from the handlebars.

    Thanks again.
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  • I use one of these for commuting
    Cheap and waterproof and can fit in an amazing amount of stuff

    http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16379&category_id=251
  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    crazy88 wrote:
    mudcow007 wrote:
    tesco bag comes with the bladder inside, becareful when/ if you get one though i split the screw cap on the bladder by tightening it too much

    Thanks mate! Really appreciate that...I have been known to be heavy handed on more than a few occassions. I am really liking the bag though, I may get one ordered to my local tesco and go grab it sometime this week. I refuse to pay £5 delivery :) I wonder if I could get one attached to the wife's tesco food shop :) haha

    i bought the tesco bag as my camelbak grew some funky furry stuff inside plush the bite valve had a hole in it where i had bitten it with my teeth (not good!)

    the tesco one split after 3 rides Doh!

    ended up getting another camelbak (on offer from halfrauds) but is cleaned religeously now.

    i think the tesco bags are in stock in the Huge tesco stores, so no need to order :)
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  • I use one of these for commuting
    Cheap and waterproof and can fit in an amazing amount of stuff

    http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16379&category_id=251

    these alpkit bags are great, I have one, but I wouldn't use it everyday as the shoulder straps aren't that comfortable. trouble with them is that they are just one big pocket, not even a hook to hold your keys or little pocket for small stuff....they are great and waterproof though.
  • jimmocratesjimmocrates Posts: 131
    Now despite not exactly fitting the brief you've set out, I got an edinburgh Revolution rucksack http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/comms/s ... rt-new.htm

    I think at the time I bought it, it was £35-40, but that was 3 years or so ago. I've used it solidly since then for commuting, going to the shops and did Trans Pennine Trail with it - the build quality is absoluetly superb, and it has loads of great features - detachable/washable rain cover, clip for putting a light on, helmet holder, off-the-back mesh thing, side pockets, optional camelback compatability, expandable, different compartments/reflective bits/VERY comfortable shoulder pads, lots of adjustable bits to make it fit snugly...

    Although pricer than you were looking to pay, if you use it everyday/regularly, it soon looks like money well spent. The ones they have now are different to the one i bought, but i'd definitely buy another
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