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    Question Junk in the trunk

    How do y'all prefer to lug your stuff to work and back?

    I got a POE Vancouver bag since it's supposed to be uber-waterproof... but forgot that everything always falls off my shoulders. I spent the whole ride home on Friday hunched over because it felt like the shoulder strap was sliding off. (it probably wasn't, but it FELT like it.)

    So I figured I'd ask the experts. Panniers? Backpack? Very small rack-mounted pack mule? What brands do you like?

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    Panniers. They keep the center of gravity lower and give me plenty of room. (I've got a lot of "junk" in them, too.) Mine are Serratus from MEC (www.mec.ca).

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    Chrome Messenger Bag.

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    Panniers. Trans it brand. Almost like stuff bags. With the yellow rain cover, they have been very dry. Used them for two years. Strap onto the bike rack very solid and easy.

    Anything on your back can ultimately lead to back problems. There is also a risk of the strap snagging on something (branch) as you go by.

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    I just use backpacks, and make sure they have a chest strap (or two, even).

    I only carry a backpack on maybe 1 out of 5 or 6 commute days, and it's just work clothes so it's not heavy. My day-to-day stuff fits in my pockets/etc.

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    I bring my work-issue laptop back and forth every day in a Chrome backpack. It's been awesome, though more and more I think I'd like a rack/panniers (which may require a different bike).

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    I haven't found panniers that work on my ebike. So I've bungeed a ratty looking storage-crate to the back. It kinda creates a back to the seat, which is cool. And it holds a lot. Though it definitely screws up the center of gravity.

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    I'm in the chrome bag camp too, but that's just because my bike doesn't have eyelets for a rack, and I don't like the seat post mounted racks. My next full time commuter will have eyelets for fenders and a rack. Will most likely switch to panniers then.

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    I've been pining for a new chrome bag - my 8+ year old Timbuk2 bag has a nice olive drab color superimposed over the blue and white. I've been watching slickdeals for a while now - they never go on sale!

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    Rack + panniers (one or two depending on the day). I'm having problems finding fenders that will fit the bike but I'll crack it at some point. I don't like wearing anything on my back because I sweat like crazy, but if I do wear something I wear a messenger bag.

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