Backpacks, Bags & Panniers
Cycle specific bags can be fitted to various places on the bike to carry items whilst riding. Whether it be to commute or going on a bike packing trip. There are bike bags that fit onto your frame, handlebars, saddle rail or onto pannier racks. There are a variety of options to suit your riding style, how much you want to carry and why you are carrying it.
Pannier bags are a great accessory for the bike if you need to carry anything to work on your daily commute or if you are going on a bike camping trip maybe. They are often mounted using spring-loaded hooks, a variation of a design of clips or bungee cords. They are surprisingly spacious and allow you the freedom to ride without a pack on your back. Riding with a pack on your back can be restrictive, so using pannier helps this situation.
Cyclists also often choose pannier bags if they are going bike packing. This is when you pack a tent and all your personal belongings into the bags and travel a country for either multiple days, weeks or years.
Pannier bags are fully waterproof for those wet and fit neatly and securely onto your pannier racks. If you need to carry a large amount of things there is an option to put racks on the front and rear of the bike – make sure that your bike is suitable for this amount of weight before fitting. Some bags are capable of carrying over 100 litres of weight so bear this in mind when choosing your bags.
If carrying large amounts of weight, it is a good idea to plan the weight evenly so the balance of the weight is distributed evenly.