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    Commuter backpacks - Recommendations please

    Hi Guys

    I know a few of you cycle to work, so Im looking for some advice looking at a resonably prices (max. £50) laptop backpack, which would be good for cycling to work wearing. All suggestions will be gratefully recieved and also Panniers being the best option are not viable as its a 29er MTB and panier racks dont fit over my back wheel/tyre

    Thanks everyone

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    Best one I ever had was swissgear, solid, ample room for bits and bobs, padded section for laptop, section at top with headphone passthrough, drinks holders - awesome

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swissgear-GA...sgear+backpack

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Best one I ever had was swissgear, solid, ample room for bits and bobs, padded section for laptop, section at top with headphone passthrough, drinks holders - awesome

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swissgear-GA...sgear+backpack
    I have that exact backpack and can highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Best one I ever had was swissgear, solid, ample room for bits and bobs, padded section for laptop, section at top with headphone passthrough, drinks holders - awesome

    Swissgear GA-7301-14F00 Hudson 15.4 Inch Laptop Backpack: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
    Looks good...quick question about it..does it have a sternum strap, cant tell for definite from the pictures

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    I believe it does, can't quite remember

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    I can highly recommend these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fusion-Orang...aptop+backpack

    Slightly more than your budget, but a lot of storage for a small bag, lots of cubby holes, a laptop sleeve/pocket and reflective straps. Had mine ~3 years of use every day and it's been great

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    Looks good...quick question about it..does it have a sternum strap, cant tell for definite from the pictures
    Ah no, it doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    I can highly recommend these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fusion-Orang...aptop+backpack

    Slightly more than your budget, but a lot of storage for a small bag, lots of cubby holes, a laptop sleeve/pocket and reflective straps. Had mine ~3 years of use every day and it's been great
    Ooh I like fusion stuff...they make musical instrument backpacks got one for my cornet. May have to see if i can push the budget a bit

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    +1 for Swissgear, I've got a slightly larger one then posted above, I wouldn't recommend it for cycling but anything made by them is good.

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    @hardtailstar have you had any experience of the bags that have a seatpost attachment? Like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    @hardtailstar have you had any experience of the bags that have a seatpost attachment? Like this
    Sorry I dont, just from a look at it I cant see it being strong/grippy enough.

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    I looked at it again after I posted, and can see it being in the way of your bum if you sit towards the back of your saddle

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    Swissgear bags are excellent - bought one very similar to the one linked above in a sale for £20 6 years ago, still going strong and get's used almost everyday for work, has been on every holiday I've been on in that time (abroad and camping), acts as my day bag at weekends when I'm out walking, holds all my clothes when I go off to stay with family oop north for the weekend every couple of months - it's had some serious use, so I highly recommend them!

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    I think the swissgear bag is the winner...looking at the green one rather than the black one...pretty much the same style though.

    Going to send the link to my wife now, she told me she would buy me it as a present for being good (doing everything she cant becasue shes pregnant)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    Going to send the link to my wife now, she told me she would buy me it as a present for being good (doing everything she cant becasue shes pregnant)
    As you should be pregnant lady's slave good good.

    Does the green one also have the awesome £0.49 off it too?

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