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Large-capacity backpacks for transporting goods

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
I will soon switch from a car to a bike as my primary means of transportation (moving from a suburban to urban environment). I want a backpack with lots of storage space to transport groceries, goods, etc. Any recommendations? It doesn't need to be name-brand, I just need something that functions.
post #2 of 37
army surplus
post #3 of 37
^ A military surplus bag is not going to work well with a bike. Look for one of the oversized roll top bags that bike messengers use.
post #4 of 37
The stores near you don't do delivery? That seems more your style.
post #5 of 37
I cannot believe you're even asking. Obviously RafxEastpak.


Also, the Timbuk2 messenger bag I have in medium holds a lot of stuff, and they have larger sizes.
post #6 of 37
Thread Starter 
I can't do messenger bags, they are rather gay. Ideally I'd drag a few Goyard steamer trunks behind me but that's slightly impractical.
post #7 of 37
If you're on a bike the practicality outweighs the gay. Otherwise, as others said, just get a surplus bag. Maybe you're a top-loading kinda guy.
post #8 of 37
Thread Starter 
I like the Chrome brand rolltop bags. Quite nice.
post #9 of 37
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Originally Posted by Willsw View Post
Maybe you're a top-loading kinda guy.

I've heard he likes to be bottom loaded.


Conne, don't be a tool. If this will be your only means of transportation and you need it to cart groceries, among other stuff, bite the buller and get a used Vespa or some type of scooter. You'll have more options in terms of lugging stuff and you won't be embarrassed when you meet a girl at a bar and ask her to put your bike in her trunk.
post #10 of 37
What about something like this:
http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/gt1...asp?fl=1&site=


Or with a little more style and for a lot more money
http://www.brooksengland.com/shop/sh...------------29
post #11 of 37
i imagine someone out there makes panniers that convert to backpacks and vice versa?

Quick search on REI.com: http://www.rei.com/product/687069

-Jeff
post #12 of 37
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
you won't be embarrassed when you meet a girl at a bar and ask her to put your bike in her trunk.

LOL I've actually been in this situation.



It's not all that bad, just let the girl in your trunk to return the favor.
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post #14 of 37
The idea of a large-capacity backpack is hideous.
post #15 of 37
Thread Starter 
Well, I guess it's either a backpack or a new LCD monitor. I'll probably go with the latter and use a shitty Jansport or something.
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