One of the problems that most hurt those who have decided to go biking is: how to carry your things? Every day in the home-work journey we carry many items: clothes, lunch, papers, computers, files. Also, you can not miss a tool kit for the most common repairs.
The solutions to this problem are many and varied, let’s look at some in the details:
Backpack – backpack is the easiest item to find. There are various types, in many colors and sizes, and for each price range. It is very comfy to carry because it is not tied to the bike, but it has the disadvantage of weighing on our shoulders. It can therefore be the ideal solution for a few kilometers, but not for long journeys.
Messenger Bag – the messenger bag is a lightweight handbag with a rigid back support. It is available in various sizes, patterns and colors and has a low price. It is the ideal solution for many things to carry because it is equipped with numerous compartments. It is often waterproof too, which means it is also suitable for transporting computers or tablets. In long journeys, its weight can make the cyclist unbalanced and weigh not a bit.
Under saddle bag – these bags are usually small because they only contain a repair kit. There are, however, models for “urban cycling” that are much more generous. These bags have a fairly high cost but also lend themselves well to carrying heavy items too. They are ideal for medium-distance journeys where you need to carry a variety of weightless items on your back. Not all bicycles, however, have the necessary space to insert a large bag under the saddle.
Bicycle touring bags – bicycle touring bags attached to the rear luggage compartment are a great investment both for long and short journeys. They are waterproof, in various colors and shapes and available for every price range. They can contain many objects, even bulky ones. The only disadvantage is that to fit these bags you need to have a suitable bike available.
Bikepacking bags – these bags are specially designed for those bikes that can not fit a rack. They attach to the bicycle frame thanks to some strap bands, they are large, waterproof and light. A complete set requires a high investment of money, but if you are satisfied with only a few pieces it is not a big deal. This type of bag does not weigh on the pedal, allowing you to always maintain high rhythms, but it can be difficult to squeeze bulky objects in it.
We recall that choice always depends on your own personal needs.