Bike Luggage Buying Guide


BIKE LUGGAGE BUYING GUIDE

Whether you are commuting to and from work, touring for a few days or just heading out for a relaxed ride, you can lighten the load with some high quality bike luggage. From panniers that fit onto your bike frame to saddle bags and backpacks we have lots of solutions to choose from. 


 

Panniers, Saddle Bags or Backpacks, Which Type of Bike Luggage is Best?

There are many different types of bike luggage out there and here are just a few of the most popular bike bags and storage solutions for you to chew over...

 

PANNIER RACKS

Pannier racks fit directly onto your bike frame over the rear wheel of the bike or on the front forks. Pannier bags can then be attached to the frame for efficient load carrying. The racks are essential to stop pannier bags from rubbing or getting caught in the wheels or any moving components of the bike. Well made pannier racks are made from lightweight stainless steel or aluminium tubing and are designed to provide the most aerodynamic fit to aid speed and stability whilst cornering. 

PANNIER BAGS

Pannier bags come in all shapes and sizes so you have lots of options to choose from depending on how much and what you need to carry. From large panniers for long distance touring to commuter panniers designed to carry a laptop and your office essentials with rucksack straps to get you from bike to desk with ease, you’re bound to find a pannier bag that sits your needs perfectly. 

 

Most pannier bags are water resistant but look out for fully waterproof dry bags for more protection during the winter months. Also look for good reflective panels and bright colours to keep you visible on the roads both during the day and night.

BAR BAGS

Bar bags clip onto the handlebars of your bike. These are great for storing things that you need easy access to like maps, phone and suntan lotion. Some have quick attachment and detachment systems and handy handles and straps that allow you to use the bag off the bike too. 

SADDLE BAGS AND FRAME BAGS

Saddle bags are small carriers that fit snugly underneath your saddle or in the triangle between the upper frame and saddle. The position behind the saddle makes them good for aerodynamic efficiency and they are particularly good for day riding on road bikes or mountain bikes with just enough room for everything that you should carry on every ride including a puncture repair kit and tools as well as your phone and some money. 

RUCKSACKS

Cycling rucksacks are a convenient way to carry kit on small distances or for mountain bikers who don’t want to fit heavy and bulky panniers to their bike. Cycling rucksacks are specially designed to feel comfortable  and move with your body whilst you are riding and usually have lots of useful storage pockets and compartments to keep your kit organised. If you need extra hydration for your ride, a rucksack with a hydration reservoir is a good idea too.

 

Cycling backpacks come in lots of sizes so make sure you pick one that is well suited to your needs. The capacity of a rucksack is usually measured in litres. To give you a rough idea, a 30 litre backpack is good for long multi-day rides or for carrying your work clothes on your daily commute, and at the other end of the scale, a 3 litre rucksack with a 2 litre water reservoir will have enough room for some tools, phone and money, ideal for an afternoon adventure on the trails.