How To Choose A Bike Bag

There are a bunch of options when it comes to carrying tools, clothing, nutrition, groceries, etc. on a bike. What it all boils down to, is how much stuff do you want to carry and how accessible does it need to be? Below is a breakdown of the bags we see most often. 

HANDLEBAR BAG

Super easy access and can hold small essentials like a camera, maps, nutrition, tire levers, multi-tool, spare tire, patch kit, map, keys, credit card, and cell phone. 

Pros: good storage and easy access
Cons: depending on weight, it may make your bike handle funny

 

 

Messenger Bag

Commute to work or school, the this is the bag for you. Easily store a laptop or tablet, snacks, and other essentials for the day. Sling it over your shoulder and you're ready to ride.

Pros: tons of storage, multi-purpose bag
Cons: over the shoulder bags can sometimes shift while riding

HYDRATION PACK

The preferred pack for mountain bikers who want to carry a little extra weight on their back and not on their bike. Large enough to hold repair tools, an extra layer of clothing, nutrition, and water. 

Pros: ample storage
Cons: hard to access anything but water while riding, may lead to back ache on long rides

 

Interior Frame Bag

Good on space, but items must be thin. Holds small essentials like nutrition, tire levers, multi-tool, spare tire, patch kit, map, keys, credit card, and cell phone. Can be accessed while riding.

Pros: good way to distribute weight on your bike
Cons: may block your water bottle cages, items must be thin

Panniers - Grocery Style
Seat Bag

PANNIERS

Meant for carrying a lot of gear. These bags can be fixed to the front or rear of your bicycle depending on your available mounting points and allow you to carry everything from groceries, to camping gear for an overnight trip.

Pros: cavernous storage, easy to take on and off your bike
Cons: may affect bike handling, bulky, requires special mounting brackets for your bike

SEAT BAG

Perfect for an everyday ride, holds small essentials like tire levers, multi-tool, spare tire, patch kit, keys, and credit card.

Pros: hardly notice it's there, carries essentials
Cons: small storage room

Top Tube Bag
Truck Bag

Top-Tube Bag

Super easy access and can hold small essentials like a camera, maps, nutrition, tire levers, multi-tool, spare tire, patch kit, map, keys, credit card, and cell phone

Pros: very easy to access
Cons: if you're mountain biking or moving around on your bike a lot, this may get in the way.

Trunk Rack Bag

A large bag that requires a rear rack to be mounted on your bicycle. With this style bag you can pack plenty of gear from repair tools to extra layers to small items from the grocery store.

Pros: great storage space, easy to take on and off your bike
Cons: requires a rear rack mounted to your bike