If you are heading out on a bike ride, it’s nice to be without a bag on your back.
Depending on how much you are carrying, you may be able to get away with just a frame bag. You’d be surprised how much some of them can carry.
Not only can you relieve your back but you can also get quicker access to the items you need.
The right frame bag should be made from a durable material that is weather-resistant to handle all the elements, fixes firmly to your bicycle at several attachment points and have enough space to hold your extra gear.
When searching for frame bags there are 3 from which you can choose: rear frame bags, full frame bags and front frame bags. The style you choose is based solely on your needs and your cycle.
We’ve handpicked a few bags we’d recommend..
Topeak Aero Wedge Pack
This lightweight (just 130g!) frame bag by Topeak sits neatly under the back of the seat for easy access and it has an expandable compartment for those times when you need more than a few items to carry. With reflective strips and durable polyester, this rear frame bag could be just what you need to store your goodies on the go. It’s available in a number of different sizes.
M-Wave Frame Corner Bag
For quick access, this £3 triangle frame bag is a great option. The fixings are Velcro and adjustable so you can make it as snug as possible in the frame triangle. The reflective trim will heighten your visibility while also keeping your precious cargo safe.
Available from Amazon for £3.29.
Topeak Tribag All-Weather Handlebar Bag
Keep your valuables close to you with an internally weather-proofed handlebar bag. The Topeak Tribag is out of the way of your legs and knees (no chafing) and you can always look down and know your money, iPhone and other important items haven’t fallen off. The included rain cover keeps everything dry on the outside, and the sturdy build means it doesn’t sway as you ride.
Available from Amazon for £12.84.
Carradice Barley Saddle Bag
If you’re looking for a heavy duty frame bag—550 grams to be exact—to carry tyre pumps, spare inner tubes, cycle tools and essentials then the Carradice Barley Saddle Bag is worth a second look. It’s big, but with two additional side pockets you’ll never suffer for storage space.
If space is what you crave rather than a lighter load, this saddle bag can get the job done.
Available from Wiggle for £49.50.
Bontrager Seat Pack Pro
This slick looking seat pack by Bontrager provides cyclists with an ‘outta sight, outta mind’ method of storage. It’s secure safely under the seat with a Velcro fixing with an extra elastic strap for bike pump storage. This seat pack by Bontrager comes in several sizes ranging from extra small to extra large with a maximum capacity of 1,966 cc’s.
The one glaring problem with the Bontrager Seat Pack Pro is that it doesn’t appear to be constructed of weather-proof materials.
Available in different size for £15.99 from Evans Cycles.
Topeak TourGuide Handlebar Bag
Keep your bag front and centre with the handlebar bag from Topeak. With a click mounting system you can be sure your cargo is secure and right where you can keep an eye on it. This TourGuide bag comes with a rain jacket and Teflon coating to protect it from the elements, and features reflector stripes so you’re seen during night time cycling.
This frame bag may be a bit bulkier but it provides the perfect alternative to carrying a heavyweight rucksack on your person.
Available from Wiggle for £49.49.
Raleigh Avenir Handle Bar Bag
The Raleigh handlebar bag has lots of bells and whistles that may scare new cyclists, but with reflective details, shoulder straps and map & GPS holder this is a serious bag for the serious cyclist. The quick-release fitting system uses a clip to keep it affixed to the cycle, but it is on the flimsy side so you may need a secondary clip to put your mind at ease.
The bag Raleigh handlebar bag also comes with a rain cover and tons of storage pockets so you don’t have to leave any essentials behind.
See also: What’s in a typical cyclists backpack
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