Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

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Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 14 May 2013, 11:04

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The ANWB, the Dutch equivalent of the AA in the UK or the AAA in the US, raised an interesting question in its newsletter today.
On a bike without baggage cases, you are likely to ride with a backpack. Is that good or bad if you involuntarily get off the bike?

Will a backpack provide additional protection? Or will it instead provide additional impact? And does it make a difference if you use a hard or soft backpack?

What are your experiences?
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby Gareth R » 14 May 2013, 11:12

No experience; but I would think that it is what's in the back pack is most important.
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby alans1100 » 14 May 2013, 12:32

I've never seen the need to carry anything on my back while riding as I've all ways had road bikes that have had some type of luggage carrier installed for that purpose or I've installed at least a rear rack myself.

It's a non issue with the 1100 even though I added the top case a few years after I ought it.
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby Andi Archer » 14 May 2013, 14:34

Well Id say its more likely to cause extra drag as you slide down the road ,given the impact will be centered on the spine and the jarring whiplash to the neck if wearing one Id say worse off.
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby mbrST1100 » 14 May 2013, 20:45

I'd advise against having any extra weight strapped to your back...
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby edwardgoodwin » 15 May 2013, 09:51

Hi All,This looks like a subject that ,ideally ,needs an authorotative & definitive answer given its importance ,assuming such information exists.The danger is that we can all contribute our various understandings, & almost unconsciously produce ,an unfounded,unproven &typically classic piece of "folklore".Ed.(Career Misery :mrgreen: )
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby Keith Legge » 15 May 2013, 11:39

edwardgoodwin wrote:Hi All,This looks like a subject that ,ideally ,needs an authorotative & definitive answer given its importance ,assuming such information exists.The danger is that we can all contribute our various understandings, & almost unconciously produce ,an unfounded,unproven &typically classic piece of "folklore".Ed.(Career Misery :mrgreen: )

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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby mbrST1100 » 15 May 2013, 20:18

Keith Legge wrote:Wheres David W II when you need him? ;)

:lol: ... nuff said... ;)
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby edwardgoodwin » 28 May 2013, 11:11

edwardgoodwin wrote:Hi All,This looks like a subject that ,ideally ,needs an authorotative & definitive answer given its importance ,assuming such information exists.The danger is that we can all contribute our various understandings, & almost unconsciously produce ,an unfounded,unproven &typically classic piece of "folklore".Ed.(Career Misery :mrgreen: )

Hi Again ,All,Assume no one has any help on this one then? Ed.
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Re: Backpack - life saver or backbone breaker?

Postby Andi Archer » 28 May 2013, 14:38

Well Ed why dont you perform a Mythbusters type test on the problem and feedback you results............after you leave hospital :shock: :lol:
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