Guide To Bike Bags and Panniers



We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks. If the only reason you don’t cycle to work or school is because you have to carry a ton of books, a laptop or other gear, one of these rear bike bags can solve that problem quickly and easily. Now you can get fit while transporting yourself in an environmentally friendly manner. Some of them are big enough for occasional grocery shopping, too.

1) BV Bicycle Strap-On Bike Saddle Bag | 2) Best Fit For U Roswheel Cycling Bicycle Bike Panniers | 3) Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DXP Bicycle Trunk Bag | 4) BV Bicycle Y-Series Strap-On Bike Saddle Bag | 5) Roswheel 14541 Multifunctional Bike Rear Seat Cargo Bag | 6) Bushwhacker Omaha – Bicycle Grocery Pannier Bike Rear Bag | 7) Bushwhacker® Mesa Trunk Bag Black | 8) Bicycle Saddle Bag 2017 10L | 9) Thule Commuter Pannier | 10) Ibera Bicycle Triangle Frame Bag | 11) WLIDMAN Bicycle bags Front Handlebar Basket Frame Bag | 12) BV Bicycle Cycling Map Sleeve Front Basket Frame Tube Handlebar Bag | 13) Bicycle Rear Seat Carrier Bag | 14) ArcEnCiel Bicycle Carrier Rack Pannier Bag | 15) Ibera 2 in 1 Bike Panniers/ Messenger Bag |16) Ideashop Waterproof Bike Bicycle Saddle Bag | 17) Ibera Bicycle Bag PakRak Clip-On | 18) TOPEAK Large Aero Wedge Pack With Straps | 19) Tourbon Canvas Cycling Bike Handlebar Bag Bicycle | 20) State Bicycle Co x Road Runner Bike Tool Roll Pouch | 21) Axiom Barkeep DLX 9 Handlebar Bag | 22) Weanas MTB Mountain Road Bike Cycling Soft Wheel Bag | 23) Ibera PakRak Bicycle Commuter Trunk Bag | 24) First Manufacturing FIBAG8006 Black Saddle Bag | 25) Blackburn Local Grocery Pannier Bag | 26) Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DX | 27) Sprocket Rally Saddle Bag | 28) Nelson Rigg CL-1060-S Sport Motorcycle Tail/Seat Bag | 29) WOTOW Bike Rack Bag | 30) EVOC Bicycle Saddle Bag | 31) Cycling Bike Bags Front Handlebar Basket Frame Bag | 32) BlueTop Bicycle Rear Seat Trunk Bag | 33) Bicycle Basket Bike Front Basket Folding Detachable Cycling Bag | 34) Banjo Brothers Quick-Release Handlebar Bag | 35) RockBros Bike Pannier Waterproof Capacity | 36) RockBros Bike Pannier Waterproof Large Capacity | 37) Lezyne Micro Caddy Saddle Bag | 38) SCICON “Compact 430” Saddle Bag | 39) BV Bicycle Wedge Top Tube Bag | 40) Bicycle Frame Front Tube Beam Bag | 41) ROSWHEEL Bicycle Bike Cycling Frame Top Front Handlebar Bag | 42) ArcEnCiel Bicycle Carrier Rack Pannier Bag | 43) Topeak MTX EX Bicycle Trunk Bag | 44) Moosetreks Bicycle Full Frame Pack |

Jersey Pockets

While not an item of cycling luggage in their own right, the pockets found on cycling jerseys and other cycling clothes are a great option for carrying small essentials. Unlike the pockets on regular clothes, they are designed specifically with cycling in mind.

The pockets are placed in areas of the clothing where they interfere with your movement the least. The pockets on most jumpers or jackets, for example, are situated around the stomach. Storing things in these pockets can be uncomfortable while in a bent-over riding position.

Heavier items tend to bounce around while suspended underneath you, potentially falling out of the pocket as well as being an annoying distraction. The pockets on cycling jerseys are on the lower back instead, out of the way and supported by your back to prevent contents bouncing around.

The pockets are secured with either zips or elastic hems to stop items falling out mid-ride. A cycling jersey has enough room for spare inner tubes, a minitool, keys, money, a phone, a packable waterproof and a mid-ride snack.

Unlike the other luggage options, carrying items in jersey pockets means no extra weight from separate bags or racks. Another benefit of keeping all this on your person is that you can access it all mid-ride without even getting off your bike. Perfect for refuelling or quickly pulling on a waterproof if the weather turns.

Saddle Bag

Saddle bags are a neat solution to carrying a bit more on the bike. Tucked away beneath the saddle, these little bags are lightweight and have a minimal effect on aerodynamic performance. Saddle bags strap to the saddle rails, seatpost or often both for a safe, secure fit without any additional hardware.

Many saddle bags are constructed from abrasion- and water-resistant material to keep your things safe. Reflective detailing and clips for bike lights are also common features.

Most people tend to use their saddle bag to carry tools or spares with them in case of an accident. These items tend to be a bit heavier and bulkier and can be uncomfortable to carry on the person in a jersey pocket. Saddle bags are, in fact, often teamed with jersey pockets to spread the load. You can keep the mid-ride essentials like food and clothing in your jersey pockets and everything else in the saddle bag.

One benefit of these bags is that you can fill them with an emergency repair kit and leave them on your bike all the time. It’s something you should have with you every time you go out and the size and location of a saddle bag means that it never gets in the way. It’s always there on your bike in case you need it and you’ll never forget it.

Cycling Rucksacks

Cycling rucksacks have a slim profile to maintain full freedom of movement for your arms and upper body. A hip belt keeps the bag from swaying around uncomfortably over rough ground or while you’re pedalling hard out of the saddle.

The hip belt and shoulder straps often have small external pockets for quick access to small items like tools and snacks. They generally have reflective detailing and space for a bike light for extra safety in poor light.

One of the biggest benefits of a cycling rucksack is that many are now compatible with hydration packs so you can drink mid ride without stopping or reaching down grab a bottle from a frame-mounted bottle cage.

Hydration packs are a particular benefit to mountain bikers who find that rough terrain can knock bottles out of bottle cages, forcing them to stop and pick them up. Dropped bottles can also cause accidents if they get caught in a wheel. A hydration pack allows you to safely carry water on your back instead.

Another benefit of a hydration pack is the sheer capacity you can carry. The biggest cycling hydration packs have a full three litre capacity. The very most that most bikes can carry on their frame is two 750mm bottles and many mountain bikes can’t even carry that. A hydration pack allows you to go on much longer rides without refill stops.

Many mountain bikers also prefer carrying the weight of tools, spares, clothing and water on their person rather than on the frame. Extra frame-mounted weight can negatively affect the handling of the bike. Weight tightly and securely strapped to the rider’s back is more easily controlled. There are also concerns that frame-mounted luggage is more easily damaged in crashes than a rucksac.

They’re not just for mountain bikers, however. They’re a great no-fuss way of carrying things to work. You don’t need to fit anything extra to your bike – ideal if you use your bike for both work and pleasure. They’re just the right size for a change of clothes so you can commute in cycling gear and keep your work clothes clean and fresh.

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