Looking for the perfect bike bag this day-in-age is no small feat. There are hundreds of companies making backpacks, messenger bags, panniers, touring bags and more. We waded through the options at this year’s Interbike trade show and picked out a few favorites.
Timbuk2 Especial Raider Backpack $79
For the Aero Commuter
While it looks like a simple pack from the outside, this San Francisco made bag packs in a ton on the inside… in terms of both useful features and surprising amounts of gear. The first thing you’ll notice about the Especial Raider Backpack is the weight; it weighs in at less that one pound. Named Raider after Mission Cycling morning “raids” up to Marin Headlands before work, the Raider was designed to hold the day's essentials without slowing the rider down. Shoe pockets and a top zippered compartment ensure there’s a place for everything. Reflective details keep you visible in low light and the whole thing can easily be thrown into the washing machine. And the most unique feature? An internal back panel doubles as a folding board so you can bring extra clothes and keep the wrinkles to a minimum.
Timbuk2 Bad Ass Messenger $269
For the Rebel Rider
With their killer line up, we couldn’t help but to feature two bags from Timbuk2. They weren’t messing around when they created the Bad Ass Messenger Bag. Built with high quality, durable materials like genuine leather and hard wearing nylon, you can be assured that this bag will take you many miles. With the commuter in mind, they included features like a vista loop for bike lights, a quilted back panel for comfort and options for stabilization while riding. With the military grade release buckles, ambidextrous shoulder strap and all the interior pocket you’ll ever need, this bag lives up to it’s name.
Green Guru Carbon Cooler 22L Pannier
For the Grocery Getter
Not only does Green Guru makes high quality upcycled products, but they also push the envelope with both style and innovation. Their Carbon Cooler 22L Pannier, made of upcycled billboards, doubles as a cooler and can easily be thrown over your shoulder when want to leave your two wheels behind. This insulated bag keeps the contents either hot or cold and even includes a cutting board for impromptu picnic lunches.
Blackburn Wayside Backpack and Pannier
For the on-the-Fly Cyclist
Part backpack, part pannier, the Wayside Pack and Pannier from Blackburn has a little bit of everything. As the name implies, the Wayside can easily convert from something you wear to something you attach to your bike. Made to withstand the elements, this bag is constructed of durable and water resistant waxed canvas. Not only is it expandable and full of organization features, but it’s also classically stylish for timeless appeal.
Road Runner Burrito Supreme
For the Hungry Minimalist
Road Runner customers begged for a larger version of the Road Runner Burrito bag. Thus, the Burrito Supreme was cooked up. It's small enough to fit between your handlebars, large enough to fit your essentials, plus some snacks (a burrito?) and perhaps a light layer. It can easily be attached/removed from your bike, plus you get to choose your own unique combination of colors.