Monday, May 5, 2014

5 Bicycle Commuter Bags

5 Bicycle Commuter Bags

Timbuk2 - Phoenix Cycling Backpack - looks like a good fit for a rider that carries a lot of stuff regularly.  U-lock can easily be slipped into the front pocket and all of the seams and bindings look really durable.  33L at $110.00

ReLoad - Charcoal Waxed Canvas Small Flight Pack - a Philly brand that I am very familiar with.  The quality and construction on these bags is top notch.  Not totally convinced on the straps on these (though they look a lot more durable than earlier releases) but the waxed canvas has me intrigued. 1110 cu in. for $240.00

Manhattan Portage - Hiker Backpack -  I threw this bag into the mix because it is simple, handsome and can easily go from a cycling bag to work bag to hike bag.  Features aren't too fancy, but it's simple and has some mega packing potential.  $165

Ortlieb - VARIO QL3 - Bang for your buck here.  Hi-vis color pattern and completely waterproof shell.  Oh, you forgot your clip on fender?  Sun shower catch you off guard?  This bag'll save your stuff.  $160!

Mission Workshop - The Vandal - The one I am considering most highly for my daily commute.  I need a lot of room and generally carry an extra outfit in my bag.  Plus school books, food, and work things.  4,000 cu in!  This bad boy is weatherproof with a lifetime guarantee. $295 though, ouch!

As you can see I'm on the hunt for a new bag for commuting on my bicycle.  If you have any suggestions, I am all ears!


  1. Great round up. They actually look smart too, as there's a lot of ugly stuff out there. Do you rate MP products? I've never had any myself. My mate has a Crumpler backpack for cycling.

    Buckets & Spades

    1. I've never owned a Manhattan Portage bag, but I see them around a lot and they look good. Crumpler? I've never heard of them but I'll check them out!

  2. check out road runner bags out of LA

  3. check out road runner bags out of LA


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