If when you cycle home in the rain you are worried water is creeping into your bag and destroying your £600 laptop and making your lunch time cheese, ham with a little bit of onion sandwich soggy then you may want to consider a waterproof cycling bag.
These cycling bags are designed to keep the valuables as dry as when you first shoved them in your bag. They also come with cleverly designed straps to prevent the cycling bag sliding around on your back and breathable backs to stop that horrible sweaty back syndrome. Additionally, with cyclists in mind, they have quick access pockets and reflective strips for cars to see you. A good bag for cycling is one of the most worthy upgrades you can make.
Here I’ll roundup a couple of good waterproof cycling bag options that are well recommended by fellow cyclists and I’d be happy to use. Feel free to pass on your waterproof cycling bag wisdom in the comments below.
Ortlieb Zip City waterproof courier bag
The Ortlieb is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to cycling bags and panniers. Fortunately, despite the tough design that will last ages, it isn’t too costly compared to other options.
The cycling bag comes with a 23 Litre capacity which is adequate for most scenarios. It is also as waterproof as money can buy. As long as your laptop is not of a mammoth size you’ll be able to fit it in. Inside the bag is one large pocket and a smaller one for fitting your wallet and phone. What you’ll most enjoy about the Ortlieb Zip City is the comfortable feel on your back thanks to the well designed strap that prevents the waterproof cycling bag from sliding around.
Deuter Compact EXP 12 Waterproof Bag
This excellent waterproof cycling bag has more well-placed pockets than you could need. In fact, it will probably end up being one of those scenarios where you’ll end up looking for your keys for ages in all the pockets. It includes a rain cover you pull out as the heavens open. It has space to place a hydration pack and the straps are designed to keep the bag in place. On the back there is also great breathability to prevent sweatiness. The 12 litre version should be enough to carry your things to work though there are different sizes of Deuter cycling bags that can be bought. It is a popular choice for someone looking for a waterproof cycling bag.
Chrome Citizen Cycling Bag
This 26 litre cycling bag is expensive but provides an excellent amount of storage space and waterproofing. It is highly durable and comfortable. The only thing that lets the Chrome cycling bag down is the belt buckle strap that could do with improvement. There is also a large version for if you are carrying a serious amount of personal belongings to work.
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