Ok, my (not so old) faithful backpack has split down the seam after I stuffed it too full a few too many times. In thinking about replacing it, i was wondering if i should get something a bit more bike specific. Up till now, i just carried my backpack just on my back or strapped to the pillion seat with occy straps if it was too full or heavy. Been thinking, however, what effect would crashing with a pack on my back do? Not that I plan to do that, of course, but if it did would it make things worse? then of course there's the mate who told me about another mate who had a occy strap fly loose while riding, jam in his rear wheel, lock it up, went for a slide, one broken leg later... now having occy straps unhook while riding, i even lost one, i know this could happen. I think the suggestion was to use a cargo net instead? reading thru some other posts, I found some mention of bags specifically designed to have occy straps go thru them rather than over the top? so the bag contents don't get squished. the other option is of course to get a rack, i'm on restricted license so i can't carry pillions yet anyway. I got told on a course if i used a rack to turn it round over the seat anyway cause the bike handles better? ok, hopefully the above made some sort of sense. Basically the question that comes out of it is what method do you use/recommend/ wouldn't touch with a barge pole? thanks!