Like the cyclists who wear them, cycling bags come in all shapes and sizes. Messenger bags and backpacks dominate our carrying options. Have a read of the washingmachinepost today and you'll see Brian's got his hands on an interesting variation made from recycled inner tubes and seat belts.
Rapha's Fixed Backpack has been making the daily commute with me for the past 18 months. Its carrying capacity is limited, but that works to your advantage because it rules out bringing the kitchen sink with you. It's low-profile design and clean good looks go well with Rapha jerseys and jackets.
I emptied the backpack today and here's what spilled out.
The backpack is very comfortable with generously padded straps and raised padding where it contacts your back (this permits plenty of air flow). An elasticized chest band connects the shoulder straps and this keeps the pack centered. It never rolls or shifts. Small details like the sliding retaining clips that secure the webbing are incredibly well thought out. Once you get the hang of them you can easily secure the loose ends of your straps, even while on the move and wearing gloves.
Other than losing a couple of the fabric pulls that made it easier to grab the zippers, the bag looks brand new. If it gets covered in grime on a wet day, I just hose it off, and I've never had problems with water penetrating.
I believe there may be a larger backpack on the drawing board. If that project comes to fruition, I'll be one of the first in line.