Heavy load

A device for hauling stuff around with you on your bicycle is a must if you are using it as transportation.  A few options are: a backpack, panniers, milk crate, or a trailer. A few pros and cons of each.
Backpack:
advantages - you can take it with you when you lock your bike up, no weight directly on the frame.
disadvantages - sweaty back, back aches.
Milk crate:
advantages - haul lots of stuff, cheap
disadvantages - not water proof
Trailer:
advantages- no weight on frame, easily detached, haul lots of stuff
disadvantages - expensive, extra tires to worry about flats, heavier
Panniers:
advantages - waterproof, lighter, easy to make a DIY version
disadvantages- weight directly on frame, worse handling under load.

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