Whether you are biking to run errands, commute to your job or take longer trips, you will want to carry more than just a tube-repair kit. A messenger bag or daypack are good ideas, however some of the best options for carrying gear include bike saddlebags or bicycle baskets which fit on your bike.
You’ll want to consider things such as adjustability, water resistance and ease of access. Also, consider what kind of attachment options you have with particular bike seat bags and think about load balancing so you can avoid carrying loads which are too high on your bike, as this can impair your ability to stay upright or steer properly. The lower you carry the load the better it will be. Plus, you’ll want to ensure that the bicycle saddle bags can securely attach to your bicycle. If they aren’t secured, they can shift during your ride when you least expect it and cause you to lose control.
Below you’ll find ten different storage options for your bicycle.
#10. Bicycle Frame Pannier Rack Tube Bag
This bag has a stylish appearance with textured style sides, and is functional and durable. There is a 10L main compartment, a bottle pocket and two side pockets so you can carry all of your essentials. The straight body has EVA padding and a cotton interlining for great protection. You can also use this bag as a handbag or shoulder bag. It is easy to install with Velcro straps and fits onto any bike with a rear seat.
#9. Bicycle Quick Clip-on Pannier from Ibera
No straps are needed with this clip on Pannier. It can be used as a single unit or a set. The hand-carry straps can be used for off-road use, and there are reflective strips for safety during nighttime riding. The bag has a durable ABS base and is made of 1680 nylon. It also has a built-in rain cover for protection from all kinds of weather and the cover can store easily in its own hidden pocket.
#8. Avenir Metro Panniers
This well-constructed and durable bag has plenty of room for your things, being able to store up to 1,380 cubic inches. It is great for urban riders who need on-the-go convenient storage. They are made of a strong nylon so they a durable and have a big main compartment with pockets inside, plus a shoulder strap. They are lined as well with reflective piping for better night visibility and use two wide Velcro straps to attach to your rack.
#7. BV Bicycle Panniers with Carrying Handle and Adjustable Hooks
This product features 3M Scotch Lite reflective trim, large zippered pockets and a carrying handle for use off the road. The angled design of the pocket makes sure that you have plenty of space for pedaling, with four shelf straps sewn onto the joined middle section fasten to your rack for more security. Every pannier has a back panel which is rigid to maintain the structure of the bag so you have easy access to the contents.
#6. Double Day Tripper Bicycle Pannier by M-Wave
You’ll be able to take plenty of snacks, extra clothing or anything else you don’t want to leave behind with this pannier. It is lightweight and keeps your things well-protected. It is constructed of sturdy 600-denier nylon that is tear proof, and is internally supported by a lightweight plastic framework. There are slots on top of these bags for easy, safe attachment to a rear carrier rack.
#5. Pair of Bicycle Grocery Pannier Cycling Rack Basket by Bushwhacker
These Omaha grocery panniers are just right for your trip to the market. They attach to your bike rack with a three-point mounting system. Each of them will hold one full sized grocery bag, and can fold flat for storage.
#4. MTX Trunk Bicycle Bag with Rigid Molded Panels by Topeak
This large capacity MTX trunk bag combines rigid EVA foam panels with 420D nylon for more water repellency and rigidity. It features a main divided compartment, a shoulder strap, two side panels with expandable panniers, and a 3M reflective stripe. Easily carry your bike tools, spare clothes and groceries in this pack which securely attaches to the back of your bike.
#3. Bike Panniers by Ibera
This messenger bag/panniers combo is great for commuting to school or work on a daily basis. The panniers act as a messenger bag that can be quickly and simply detached with a strap and hook. The pocket design is angled and makes sure that you have plenty of room to pedal. Each pannier includes a back panel which is rigid to keep the structure of the bag so you can easily access the contents off and on the bike.
#2. Bicycle Strap-Pm Seat Bag/Saddle Bag by BV
This bag is equipped with 3M Scotch lite reflective trimming, which helps with safety and visibility at night and low light conditions. Use the Velcro straps to attach the seat and seat post quickly. This is great for keys, wallets, tire levers, tools, patch kits or other small items. Large and medium saddle bags can be expanded to add more capacity. There are also taillight hangers for additional lights and attaching bigger tools.
#1. Saddle Bag by Stan Sport
This saddle bag gives you extra space for your items and it will keep them secure. It is constructed of heavy duty cotton duck with a vinyl backing for more strength. There are two large pockets and double-strapped flap covers with D ring closures. All of the stress points are also reinforced.