Since I started riding, I knew I would need a backpack, because I am mainly riding back and forth to work.
I am currently using this backpack, which is probably the cheapest one walmart sells. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Outdoor-P...aviar/50109913
. It surprisingly holds a decent amount, and is not uncomfortable while riding, its just a little on the small side for me and see myself ripping a strap off while taking it on or off.
I have a 15" laptop and accessories I take back and forth with me, as well as a change of clothes to work in (sneakers, possibly shorts and extra sweatshirt, lunch) and my current bag is getting stuffed to capacity and I feel like a ninja turtle while riding with it.
I have been looking at the American Kargo Trooper https://www.amazon.com/American-Karg.../dp/B00M9MY9Q8
, which definitely will hold all the stuff I need, or if I want to go grocery shopping, but I am having a hard time justifying spending $200+ on the bag + rain cover, but the other part of me that knows "you get what you pay for" says just get it. Especially because its hi-viz and the specific tool pockets and fleece pocket. The shoulder straps also unbuckle for super easy on/off.
Has anyone ever used a backpack meant for hiking while riding? I would expect the kind with a rigid frame would probably not work well while and the no-frame ones seem like they may be too floppy? They are lot cheaper than the American Kargo, but then again, half the price for something not purpose built?
Some of the reviews on the American Kargo I see are mixed, so has anyone here every used one and like it?
Also thinking of adding saddle bags and/or tail bag with possibly building a custom rack (I'm not paying $200 for a renntec rack!), but that does not offer the convenience of just parking and walking away without fiddling around first like the backpack does.
I also don't want to look like a 2-wheeled suitcase with luggage and a backpack!
I feel like I kind of sold myself after writing all this but I would like to see what all the other 500 riders here use!