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A bike backpack is a practical companion for travelling. Many models are waterproof and can be fixed on the carrier as an alternative.
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Women's or men's bike backpack
Women's cycling backpacks are usually a little smaller and more compact than men's models. Most bike backpacks have a mesh back for comfortable transport.
Men's models usually have a higher capacity, as they are generally slightly larger and produced in wider formats.
Both women's and men's bike backpacks can often also be used as panniers.
Closures for the bike backpack
There are different types of closures, whether it is a cycle backpack for men or women. A cycle backpack can be equipped with buckles, a roll-top closure or normal zips.
Normal zips are the most common type of closure because they are more secure than buckles. Buckles can inadvertently loosen or be opened. Therefore, they are rarely used and usually only in combination with a drawcord.
Roll top closures, closures that are rolled closed from above, are usually found in waterproof backpacks. These have a key advantage: they are also waterproof when used correctly. The backpack should not be packed too full for this, as otherwise the roll closure will not roll up sufficiently. Normal, non-welded zips are usually not able to completely prevent rainwater getting in.
Bike backpack for racing bikes, mountain bikes etc.
A backpack for racing bikes is usually particularly small and compact. These models offer little volume and therefore only space for the most necessary things like water, a small snack, and a jacket. This type of cycle backpack can usually be mounted flat on the luggage rack or with a bike mount. You can then attach the backpack to your bike using Velcro strips or buckles. Alternatively, smaller saddle bags or frame bags are often used for racing bikes.
There are different backpacks for mountain bikes, for different conditions. Touring and cross-country backpacks have a precise division of the compartments so that you can quickly find everything you need on the go. These models usually have a mesh back to keep your back ventilated at all times. An additional security pocket and side mesh pockets round off the equipment of a mountain bike backpack.
Should it rain, a suitable rain cover is recommended. Ideally, it will be strikingly colourful and have reflective surfaces to be seen better in bad weather conditions.
If you ride your bike to work, there are special cycle bags with appropriate compartments and customised design for this purpose. These models include organiser, laptop, and valuables compartments. A4 folder slots are usually also available. The design is relatively simple and straightforward. Your bike backpack can often also be attached to the carrier. Especially when transporting valuables such as a laptop, a waterproof cycle backpack is recommended.
For everyday use, cycle bags or bike baskets are often used as an alternative to a bike backpack. There are also so-called saddlebag or pannier type bike bags which can be attached to the luggage carrier like a cycle backpack.