Transport your luggage easily and conveniently with a bike bag
Whether for your work bag, some shopping or an extended cycling tour, bike bags are absolutely essential. One great advantage of bike bags or panniers is that they don’t have to be worn on the body. Instead, they are simply mounted on the bicycle.
Different models, which have special devices such as clamps, hooks and Velcro fasteners, are available for front and rear mounting. Some models, equipped with a practical carrying strap, are also detachable, making it easy to take them with you.
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What makes bike bags so practical?
Bike bags, also known as bikepacking bags, are perfect for transporting a range of items when riding your bicycle. There is a wide range of models and designs to choose from. Before deciding on the right pannier for your bicycle, you should think about what you are going to use the bag for.
You can actually carry a lot of luggage on your bike, but it’s important to do it properly so as not to compromise your balance and therefore your safety. With the right bicycle bag, you can transport anything on your bicycle, from your purchases to your work bag.
What is the difference between front and rear bike bags?
There are bike bags for the front that are mounted on the handlebars. Alternatively, various models and designs are available that can be attached to the front wheel or luggage carrier. The amount of storage space in bicycle bags for the handlebars is limited, which is why these bags are more suitable for valuable articles and light items of luggage.
You can also get bike bags that are attached to the front wheel, and most models are detachable. Shoulder straps make them convenient to carry along with you. Such models can be very practical for both short trips and longer cycling tours.
But if you want to carry shopping bags or larger, heavier luggage items, a rear bike bag, also referred to as a pannier, is a better choice. This type of bike bag offers a lot of storage space, usually with a volume of 40 litres or more, making it very versatile. The most popular models can be attached to the pannier rack quickly and easily and have practical closing systems such as zips and buckles.
A saddle bag can be practical for small itemsBesides panniers, bike saddle bags, which are attached under the saddle, are also available. These bags offer only very limited storage space, best used for valuable items or small tools. Saddle bags are often used by mountain bikers and racing cyclists because they have no effect on riding dynamics.
Most models are made of plastic or textiles, but you will also find versions made of leather. Since the demands of cyclists differ significantly, saddle bags are available in different models and designs.
The differences between individual and double pannier bags
Bicycle bags can be single or double. Both types are versatile.
Generally, a single bike bag provides only limited storage space, making it suitable for small purchases or less bulky pieces of luggage. Furthermore, the bag is only mounted on one side, which can affect the stability of the bike.
Single cycle bags are often also sold in pairs as double bags, so that one bag is mounted on each side of a bicycle, making it possible to distribute the luggage as required. However, care must always be taken to ensure that the weight is evenly distributed. These bags are attached to the pannier rack by means of a fastening system, so you can usually remove them easily and take them with you.
Double bike bags are made up of two bags that are attached to each other and fastened to the luggage carrier with a connecting device usually consisting of buckles, belt loops or Velcro fasteners. The two identical bags then hang down on either side of the bicycle.
Double bike bags offer a generous amount of storage space and ensure even distribution of the load. They are also much better value for money than single bags. But they can be a bit more difficult to mount.
These bike panniers remain attached to the bicycle and are not easy to remove and take with you. When packing bike bags, there are several factors that need to be taken into account. Check out our article on the best way to load your bike bag to learn more.
Consider the material the bag is made of
If you cycle a lot, you should definitely choose a water- and weatherproof bag for your bike. These bags are usually made of nylon, polyester or canvas, coated on one side or both. Most manufacturers impregnate the fabric to make it resistant to dirt and moisture.
It’s also important to pay attention to the workmanship of the bike bag – moisture and dirt mostly penetrate through poorly finished seams or zips. Make sure all the seams are welded or laminated to provide adequate protection for your luggage. Good product quality is recognisable, and well-made products are very durable, allowing you to enjoy your bike pannier for a long time.