Messenger bags versus backbacks?
May 14, 2008 4:46 PM Subscribe
Why do you prefer a messenger bag to a backpack / bookbag (or vice versa) for bicycle commuting? Should I get one?
posted by whir to Travel & Transportation (49 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My old backback is beginning to show some serious fray, and I'm looking at getting a new one. I see a lot of other bikers wearing messenger bags. They are so common that it seems like there's got to be something going on there, but the bags have always looked impractical to me, so I'm hoping to find out why people like them with an eye to possibly buying one.
In particular, does it tire one's shoulder out to have all the weight on one side? And doesn't the bag tend to slip around when you're biking around? Why do you prefer the bag over a regular two-strap backpack? ("I think it looks cooler" is a perfectly acceptable answer.)
My commute is mostly flat through heavy urban traffic, and I have road-bike style drop handlebars.