With a bike bag, you can turn your steed into a luggage-humping machine to take you on self-propelled adventures limited only by your imaginiation. OK, yeah, they're good for commuting too, I guess.
Anyway, we've dived into Wiggle's deep well of bike bags, pannier bags, frame bags, bar bags, saddle bags, and everyting in between to bring you 10 the best bags to snap onto your bike.
So less of the jibbering, here are our top choices:
The ten best bike bags at Wiggle
Usually more associated with the executive leather carriers of City of London commuters, Brooks has branched out into the rough and tumble of gravel riding with their latest choice of bike bags. They're definitely some of the smartest out there, and this swish little saddlebag offers a full litre of storage when fully unfurled while offering weathproof protection. The whole collection is definitely worth a look for the aesthetes among you, so here's James with his impressions of the complete range:
LifeLine have been offering top class accessories for mug-dropping prices for years now, and their adventure handlebar bag is no different. Stuff it with food and things you'll need to hand, attach it to your bars with its easy-to-adjust double straps, and kiss the world goodbye for a couple of days. Who needs it anyway?
When it comes to bike bags of any kind, you can't ignore Topeak. They're the masters of reliable, functional bike bags of all shapes and sizes, and this crafty saddlebag is a gem. Think of something you'd like to see in a saddle bag and Topeak have already thought of it - expandable system? Check. External pump holder? Check. Reflective strip? Check. Loop for an LED light? Check. You get the idea...
The second Topeak bag to make the list (we told you they were big shots in the bike bag world...) is a utilitarian monster. It's the largest trunk bag that Topeak have created and it includes an expanding top section, large roll-out side panniers, rear bottle holder and a whole lot more. When you want to shift some serious freight, this is the 18-wheeler of bike bags.
Lifeline's top tube bag is an absolute steal for your steed. Its 0.7L capacity is perfect for phones and repair kits and, being black, it'll go nicely with any colour of bike.
If you're maxing out your bike storage, or looking for a cleaner silhouette, Nukeproof's Bolted Accessory Strap is a cracking little addition for your bike. Perfect for mounting spares, tubes, or a pump to one of your bike's bottle cage mount points, it's an awesome real estate-saving addition.
If you want to add style to your substance, then Castelli's XL saddle bag is sure to add value to your cycling adventure. It is cavernous enough for multiple spare tubes, multitools, tyre levers, an inflator, CO2 canisters, and patches, while you can store a minipump in an elasticised mesh section on the underside. What's not to like?
Made from a lightweight, highly water-resistant and durable material, the Topeak midloader frame bag mounts and removes quickly with a hook and loop system. It's got loads of capacity and keeps your valuables nicely tucked away. Definitely worth a look.
Lastly, we have this bad boy - the Topeak RX Trunk Bag DXP with Side Panniers. It has expanding capacity in the main compartment, with two side panniers and a multifunction top pocket. It's not as huge as the MTX above, offering a more compact approach, which may suit you better depending on what you're bringing with you. Still, it's a pretty mean piece of kit.