With more people in the UK set to head back to the office in the coming months, we are often being asked what are the 'best cycling bags' to use for the commute. We go over the top features to look out for as we rate and review cycling bags below.
Cycling grew even more in popularity during the last year due to lockdown with people needing to get their exercise fix, both outdoors and on turbo trainers. Many people intend to carry on cycling with their return to work so carrying your essentials needs to be as stress-free as possible.
When it comes to a bag to transport your laptop and a change of clothes you need something lightweight, durable and of course, waterproof because let's face it, even during the summer months there's going to be some rain when you least expect it. We also think it's super important for you to be easily spotted when cycling by cars and pedestrians, so reflective details get the thumbs up from us.
When cycling with a backpack, you don't want it moving around all over the place with each turn causing friction against your body, you want a bag that stays still. The dhb Slice hugs your body and stays in place with adjustable chest and hip straps. Another top feature is the reflective logo so you can be seen more easily.
It's bright, it's waterproof, it's roomy - the Altura Thunderstorm Hi-Viz bag ticks a lot of the boxes as the best commuter cycle bag. Allowing you to pack up to 30l of your belongings, the bag also has a separate padded space for your laptop and zipped pockets on the inside so you don't end up rummaging around for something at the bottom.
Wearing a backpack when cycling can often lead to a sweaty back, but the fabric on the Gregory Nano 16 backpack is breathable and the mesh shoulders are supportive and comfortable. There's plenty of pockets and reflective details too - so you can be seen in low light as well as during the day.
This is a great multi-functional cycling bag, great for commuting but also for trail rides too. There is a separate section for your hydration system as well as zipped pockets to keep your valuables safe, but our favourite feature has to be the rain cover, which can be pulled over the bag to give you added protection in bad weather.
When carrying a bag on your back when cycling, you don't want to be lugging around excess weight and so the Osprey Syncro 20 rucksack is a great option as the bag itself is super lightweight and with this comes breathable material with added ventilation.
If you're looking for a durable bag that will withstand all that you throw at it, the Föhn Daypack will more than do the job thanks to its tough ripstop material. The bag features chest and hip straps to keep it in one place but also to stabilize and ensure you are bearing the weight of the contents correctly. Padded straps mean you'll be comfortable throughout your ride and it's big enough to carry a coat or pack away your helmet once you've arrived.