The best cycling bags can come in a shape of roll-top, zip-through or messenger bags but whatever the style, for bike commuting and long leisure rides, it’s a must. If you cycle to work, chances are you’ll need to take your gear with you: a bike lock, change of clothes, your laptop, packed lunch, etc. And maybe one of the best cycling gilets, for if it gets chillier.
Sure, a regular best backpack can sometimes do the job just fine – and bike-friendly covers exist to up their visibility – but a cycling-specific backpack will make life easier if you regularly pedal to work, and will mean other cyclists see it and muse on how discerning and hardcore you are.
Cycling-specific backpacks come with features such as a padded laptop sleeve, easy-access pockets, reflective detailing and attachment loops for essentials like locks and lights. They’ll also have ergonomic straps to hold the backpack steady while pedalling and, ideally, be built with aerodynamics in mind, as far as possible.