Best Bags for Cyclists12 March, 2015 0 comments
Best Bags for Cyclists
When choosing between different cycling bags you need to make sure you understand your needs. Maybe you are looking for something that’s practical for commuting, or perhaps a bag for long weekend rides. It may be tempting to try and kill two birds with one stone by choosing one bag that suits all different types of rides. However, if your rides vary widely throughout the course of a week - for example a city commute on weekdays and regular long rides after work and during the weekend - then you will probably have to think about one bag for each occasion.
If you are going to be roughing it outdoors on long rides then it is best to go for cycling bags that are lightweight and can cope with mud, rain and lots of use. These bags are best when they are designed with your ride in mind: bags that are able to provide comfort even in hard conditions over long distances and yet can still offer plenty of room for all the things you need without being cumbersome. Take a look at bags with rain covers and wet laundry compartments if rain features heavily in your rides. You might also want to look at the colours of bags on offer and whether your bag could help make you visible on dark nights. Although reflector strips on black material work just as well to light you up in car headlights, there are now bags in high visibility colours that can also help keep you safe on dark roads.
Other cycling bags out there are more suited to commuting trips. You might want a bag that you can throw easily under your desk after you’ve arrived at work, or you may even want something that you are happy to take into a meeting. Keep in mind that style does not necessarily compromise practicality: these days you can find stylish, modern bags that look just as good for taking your laptop to a meeting as they are useful for the ride home. If you are choosing a bag for your commute then look at whether it has useful features such as a padded section for your laptop and whether it is waterproof. After all, you don’t want to get off your bike and find that although you are nice and dry your laptop is soaked in the day’s rain.
Cycling bags for longer rides and a more off-road experience are also best when they are waterproof. Take a look at the equipment you already pack on a ride and make sure that the bag you buy can keep it all dry so that you don’t have to end up sacrificing crucial gear. It is really important to try a bag before buying, or at least to do some research into what other people think about the product you are looking at. Take a look at online reviews and see whether the reviewers used it for the same purposes you need the bag for. A great way to get the right bag is to ask friends who cycle what they use. If they rave about the bag they use then take a look - if they give it a bad review then stay clear. The people who know best about what cyclists need for a bag are cyclists themselves, so listen carefully to their advice.
Panniers are a pair of bags attached to the side of a bicycle and can be the bag of choice for bike tours and long distance rides. These are perfect for when you need more than a few bits and pieces to keep you going for the ride. Bikes can sometimes handle differently with panniers especially if they are heavy, although with a bit of practice and learning how to pack your bags properly can mediate the problem. Some people still use rucksacks for rides that others would choose panniers, so once again it is a case of personal preference for different types of cycling bags.