I was shopping for new panniers and thought it might be worth it to also check out messenger bags as an alternative. What are the basic pros and cons of each?
I started out using just a regular back pack to carry my stuff, this was quite hot on my back. I purchased panniers a few years back, and I've been pretty happy with them.
The major problems I have are that the rack is always on the bike, even when I don't need to carry anything. They are difficult to carry when I'm not on the bike. Also, most panniers are sold in sets of 2, and I only ever use 1.
As far as messenger bags go, I've never used one before. Is it that much better than a regular back pack? I realize it isn't so high on the back, so it should stay cooler, but I'm not sure about having all the weight on me, and how that affects getting out of the saddle.
Let me know what your experiences are with each of them, and which you recommend.