Bags & Backpacks Buying Guide
When choosing a cycling backpack, there are a couple of important considerations to make in order to get the right product for you. First, you’ll want to ensure that your backpack has an adjustable chest strap to stop it from moving around too much when you’re on the move. Second, consider which size backpack you’ll need.
Ideally you’ll want just enough room to carry your essentials - if you get a backpack that is too large you’ll be carrying unnecessary weight which of course will slow you down over longer rides. Backpacks with a capacity of around 15-30L are a safe bet for most riding scenarios. Finally, if you’re going to be commuting to work, some cycling specific backpacks include a separate wet laundry compartment which is great for keeping your sweaty riding gear away from your other belongings.
If you’re covering serious distances, a hydration pack is worthy investment as it will allow you to comfortably carry around 2-3L of water which is much more than you can fit in frame mounted water bottles. Most hydration packs will also be designed to carry the basics like weather protection, maps and energy bars which means you’ll be able to stay out on the trails longer! It is important to pick the right size hydration pack for the type of riding you’ll be doing as whilst larger capacity models will allow you to carry more H2O, you’ll also be carrying more weight which isn’t fun when you’re only out for a quick blast along the trails.
As the name suggests, Saddle Bags sit neatly under the saddle of your bike and are easily attached using either velcro or clip in fasteners. A saddle bag is a valuable inclusion in any cyclists kit as these little gems are the perfect place to store your wallet, keys, spare tubes and small tools. Saddle bags come in a range of sizes to suit different riders needs and are one of the most common accessories you’ll see out on the road.
Pannier bags are a popular way for commuters and travellers to carry their gear thanks to their large storage capacity and convenient mounting position which allows weight to be distributed evenly across your bike. Most riders fit their Pannier bags over the rear tyre however it is possible to use them over both the front and rear wheels for maximum storage space on longer rides. The majority of Pannier bags feature quick release mounts meaning you can easily remove them once you arrive at your destination and begin exploring without needing to worry about leaving all of your belongings with your bike.
A cycling bag is an essential piece of equipment for any rider – both professional and leisure. When you’re planning an extended journey or one that sees you venturing away from home, it is important to have the right equipment on hand, should an unfavourable situation arise. Our wide range of bags & backpacks will allow you to find a bike bag that is perfectly suited to your needs. Choose from a wide range of reputable brands including Camelbak, Deuter and Tioga. Pannier bags are the perfect solution to carrying all your extra bike spares and safety equipment, while backpacks are great for adventurous mountain bike rides or cyclists on the go.