How do you carry your belongings when commuting on a bike? Which one do you prefer, to carry them on yourself in a backpack, messenger bag or a cross body bag, or in some kind of bike bag or basket. For carrying on your person our definite pick would be a backpack for its functionality, versatility and for steadiness when on the move.  Bike backpacks are made with such attention to every little important detail that it is actually fun and pleasure discovering each and every one. On the other hand, a downside is that the load gets carried on your back and the strain may be felt extensively. Also, on hot days it may feel quite sweaty. Bike bags take all of the load on themselves and on the bike, but it gets tricky when you can’t take them with you.  As far as baskets are concerned, aside from looking cute and romantic we wouldn’t recommend them, since things sit loosely in them and when they are full, they make it harder to steer and ride your bike.

Here are our picks for backpacks and a bike bag:

BEST ON BIKE (PANNIER STYLE) BAG

Public bikes urban double pannier


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Here’s the one to take to the farmer’s market! Made of durable cotton canvas, this double pannier is ready to hold one standard brown bag full of groceries in each side. Exterior pockets are secured with zippers and they come with interior key clips which will help you keep your wallet in sight and not lose it underneath the shopping. Handles are padded which makes for easy removal and comfortable carrying off the bike. Sides are foldable and can be secured when not in use. We highly recommend it.

BEST CYCLING BACKPACK

Brooks England Pitfield Flat Top Backpack


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It’s Brooks England. It looks good, it feels good and at such a discount it is practically a steal.

We love everything about this backpack. Brooks delivered a great product, as expected, bringing good looks and practicality to stand out among the crowd. It is made of premium and durable materials like aluminum buckles, PU coated nylon 66, Cordura, and Aquaguard YKK zippers which ensures this backpack is water resistant in all weather conditions. It looks so sleek at the first sight, yet the storage it offers is ample, thanks to the unique, stretchable outer helmet compartment as well as the two zipper pockets on the sides for your liquids. There is a usual padded laptop compartment, as well as padded and adjustable shoulder straps with a cross chest strap to ensure stable ride. We love the fact that the lining is done from 100% recycled PET bottles.

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Oakley Outdoor Backpack


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Another great backpack at a great price, amazing deal.

Oakley never falls short at bringing modern functionality and intuitive design together in one package. This is obvious in this backpack too, which is ideal for both your everyday commute and your outdoor activities. It is made of rugged poly rip stop fabric that offers lasting durability. There’s a number of pockets ensuring your belongings are kept well organized. Things on the inside are taken care of with a waterproof lining and a padded back panel. Carrying around is eased with a mesh fabric at the shoulders. We especially like the thermal lining of the side pocket.

HONORABLE MENTION

BLCKCHRM 22X Bravo 3.0


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The BLCKCHRM 22X Bravo 3.0 is made from the toughest and lightest material ever designed at Chrome Industries. On top of that it features number of well thought of innovative details that we love.  Everything is adjustable and expandable, side bottle pockets, all the straps, padded laptop compartment… Also, there is a removable taped waterproof tote liner which comes in handy when taking out the shopping and you still have your backpack left for use. We especially appreciate the rigid back panel that keeps the backpack off of your back and allows the air to circulate. It certainly looks cool. It is thoughtfully designed. Crafted from innovative materials.  It is definitely one our favorites.