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Waterproof. Not with a waterproof cover, but really, really waterproof, like e.g. the Ortlieb Messenger bags. That's the one thing that is paramount if you also want to commute in bad weather. Size depends on what you carry. If it's just some tools, use a saddle bag. If it's a change of clothes, especially shirt and trousers, look for a larger one so you ...


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For straps, ensure that the bag has a cross-strap (that loops around the other side of your body to the bag), or it will be forever falling off/moving to your front. For size - I've had a Timbuk2 Medium Messenger, but currently get away with a Timbuk2 Catapult. Certainly this manufacturer has a huge range of colours available, and being able to pick a nice ...


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What I keep in my (not messenger) backpack for commuting: Change of clothes (I cycle in shorts & jersey) Shoes (I cycle in SPDs) Spare change in case I forget my wallet Deodorant Mobile Waterproof cover Waterproof cycling jacket Small umbrella (for when I get off the bike) If your work place lets you have lockers or some other storage you can ...


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I'll add a dissenting opinion. A single strap bag is fine, and the second strap is not required. I've used several, and simply tightening the strap has always been enough to stop it moving around, even at 35 or 40km/h. Naturally, the weather resistance, size, and comfort concerns that the other answers mention are worth considering, but something important ...



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