You might such as the suggestion of a bikepacking bag configuration however possibly you have appointments regarding the restricted quantity and also convenience of gain access to. Perhaps you have some four-season equipment that just isn’t for loading down tiny. Or possibly you just wish to pack odd-shaped veggies (like broccoli) right into your bags …?!
Not to stress, we are staying in a time when bag choices for bikes are apparently countless!
Note: This short article was initially released in Sept 2018 however has actually been upgraded in Feb 2020.
Quantity does not require to be a concern.
It’s quite simple to obtain greater than 50 litres out of a front and also back bag. Include a full-sized structure pack and also you’ll benefit a multi-year journey! Additionally, high-rider bags will certainly fit less costly outdoor camping equipment, along with items that utilize less-packable artificial insulation.
Easy gain access to.
These bags mainly utilize roll-closures, tiny clips and also zippers to make accessibility to your equipment extremely fast and also simple. They additionally open very broad to ensure that you can dig about and also re-organise equipment without eliminating anything from the bag.
Narrower and also extra wind resistant than panniers.
Panniers have a huge surface that reduces you down greater than a collection of bikepacking bags (I have actually determined 6-8% slower at my biking rates). While high-rider bags are a bit larger than bikepacking bags, they must still exercise a number of percent quicker than panniers.
Greater from the ground than panniers.
If you’re cycling on rough routes, with ruts or past an entire lot of tightly-packed hedges you’ll recognize that ground clearance is essential. A high-rider configuration provides you all the ground clearance you’ll ever before require.
The weight circulation of equipment on your bike has a quite significant result en route your bike takes care of.
A reduced center of gravity is one of the most excellent particular for keeping secure bike managing with a tons. This concept requires any type of weight related to your bike to be dispersed reduced. That’s why panniers are so fantastic for bike traveling; they permit your equipment to be dispersed as reduced as almost feasible.
High-rider bags, on the various other hand, are perhaps the most awful location you can bring equipment since the weight is dispersed at the greatest feasible factors.
That claimed, a lot of bikes will certainly still manage a high-rider configuration completely great, supplied you load light. I would certainly recommend around 10 kg/22 pounds front and also back as an optimal optimum. If you do have even more weight, think about including a structure pack, a collection of freight cages or some bikepacking panniers to ensure that you do not require to jeopardize your bikes managing any type of additionally.
At the front of the bike, high-rider bags have a better influence on your guiding than panniers or freight cages. This is since the weight is dispersed before the guiding axis. When you transform your bars, a high-rider bag needs to walk around a bigger guiding arc, leading to both much heavier guiding and also overstated results of‘wheel flop’ This primarily suggests that your handlebars will regularly wish to draw sideways while you ride at reduced rates, calling for some additional initiative to maintain the bike in a straight line.
Wide handlebars are type in handling the guiding results of high-rider front bags, specifically if you’re carrying closer to 10 kg/22 pound. The extra guiding utilize will certainly not just make your guiding lighter and also extra exact, however it will certainly offer extra clearance for bigger quantity high-rider bags as well. Select some handlebars larger than 600 mm if you can, which is mostly all level or riser handlebars. The Contour Walmer is a fantastic alternative if you like decreases.
If you hang out riding steeper off-road paths, you will likely discover that a broad bag will certainly obstruct of your upper legs when you require to move your body weight in reverse. I have actually discovered that for anything high, routine bikepacking seat loads or bikepacking panniers like the Revelate Nanos are the far better choices.
I have actually additionally discovered that rolltop satchels require to be made use of in mix with either a back shelf sustains like the Carradice Exploration or a miniature shelf like the flexible Nitto R14 Rivendell. These light-weight shelfs will certainly both stop upper leg rub and also offer you the very best harsh roadway security. Bags are a borderline hand down smooth roadways without an assistance, however you’ll likely need to bear with a little bag guide and also upper leg rub.
CARRADICE CAMPER LONGFLAP// 23 L and also ₤94
The Camper Longflap has actually been around for longer than I have actually lived. It was initially made around Brooks saddles as they have 2 back loopholes which fit the bag’s flexible bands, however nowadays you can discover saddle loophole adapters from Velo Orange and also Hobo Parts to fit your recommended saddle. Lots of people like to utilize the Carradice bags with an assistance to minimize any type of bag wag. Take a look at the assistances by Carradice, Yellow Bird Culture or Sea Air Cycles. If you head off-road, you will certainly wish to sustain this bag with a marginal back shelf. Take a look at ideal shelf choices from Tubus, Nitto, Surly, Thule, Tumbleweed and also Velo Orange.
ROADRUNNER JUMBO JAMMER// 26 L and also United States $215
The Jumbo Jammer is a favorably huge bag at 26 litres. It’ll fit on your handlebars or behind your saddle. You might such as to sustain this bag with a marginal front or back shelf, specifically if you head off-road. Take a look at some ideal shelf choices from Tubus, Nitto, RatKing, Surly, Thule and also Velo Orange. The Ratking and also Thule appear to rest the highest.
RON’S BIKES FABIO’S UPPER BODY LARGE// 30-44 L and also United States $279
Fabio’s Breast is the biggest handlebar/seat pack made by Swift Industries– it broadens completely to 44 litres as seen aware over. This is one super-wide bag, so make certain you have actually obtained the decline bars to match if that’s your design (I such as the Contour Walmer 55 or 60 centimeters). The method the Fabio’s Breast places to the back is through some 9 ″ Titan Straps which are threaded with your saddle loopholes. Do not have any type of saddle loopholes on your seat? No worry. Hobo Parts makes the Restuvus loophole adapter and also Velo Orange makes some even more budget friendly aftermarket Saddle Loops. You will certainly wish to sustain this bag with a marginal back shelf, specifically if you head off-road. Take a look at some ideal shelf choices from Tubus, Nitto, Surly, Thule, Tumbleweed and also Velo Orange.
TRIBULUS LIMITED ENDOVER// 22 L+ and also United States $195
The Endover is a 22- litre+ handlebar pack that’s just 445 grams! For contrast, that has to do with 30-50% of the weight of equivalent bags. It places to the bike through 6 bands, 2 of which are clips that permit you to access the items in your bag. Bear in mind that this bag calls for a little bit extra handlebar-to-tyre clearance than a lot of handlebar packs, offered its large dimension. Many individuals like to sustain this bag with a marginal front shelf– look into some rando shelf choices from Nitto, Surly and also Velo Orange.
WIZARD FUNCTIONS SHAZAM!// 20 L+ and also ₤179
The Shazam! rolltop utilizes a thick skin 1000 d Cordura external with brilliant yellow water-proof nylon inner. A light-weight aluminium size is made use of instead of the conventional wood dowel to maintain the bag fit, suggesting it will certainly take place also the gnarliest routes. The Shazam! can fit straight onto your handlebars, or if you like it as a bag, is has actually been made especially around the Carradice Exploration assistance.
ARKEL ROLLPACKER FRONT &# 038; BACK// 25 L and also United States $200-225
In a course of their very own are these very cool 25- litre handlebar (or seat) packs and also matching shelfs to maintain whatever secure. The shelfs themselves need no devices to add/remove them from your bike. If you have actually great deals of revealed seatpost, you can hang the back Rollpacker upside-down to decrease its center of gravity. The front bag and also shelf evaluates in at simply 748 grams while the back variation is 930 grams.
DARK WORLD WALD BASKET BAG// 20 L+ and also United States $100
The Dark World bags are additionally made around the Wald 137 &# 038; 139 baskets however can place to a front porteur shelf making use of some flexible bands. Dark World utilizes some quite cool product patterns to offer your bike a little personality– look into the hand-dyed xpac alternative!
PORCELAIN ROCKET ON THE OTHER HAND// 20 L+ and also United States $60
Public Relations has actually lately presented a seam-welded bag made especially to fit the Wald 137 &# 038; 139 baskets. 2 basic clips on either side of the bag loophole right into the basket to maintain it in position. As these bags fast and also simple to make, Public Relations just bills you United States $60 for one.
WIZARD FUNCTIONS ALAKAZAM!// 20 L+ and also ₤170
The Alakazam! is readily available in 2 dimensions and also made to fit the Wald 137 and also 139 baskets. It will certainly unfold and also increase out up and down to ~40 litres, gathering some pop switches and also remaining in the one location many thanks to 2 bands that loophole over the top.
RESTRAP BASKET BAG LARGE// 30 L+ and also ₤65
Restrap makes 3 various basket bags with zipper closures. The dimension huge is made to fit comfortably in the Wald 157 basket, and also the dimension tool couple with the Wald 139 (however it’s a little bit much less than 20 litres). It deserves keeping in mind the Wald 157 basket alone evaluates a tremendous 3.5 kg/7.8 pounds, so possibly maintain this configuration far from any type of hillsides!
EXTERNAL COVERING EXPERIENCE SHELF BAG// 20 L+ and also United States $220
The Experience Shelf Bag is tailor-made to fit various porteur shelf versions by Pass and also Stow, Velo Orange, Soma, Surly, Origin8, Specialized and also Rawland. You can include the decaleur package if you’re preparing some off-road usage.
LAPLANDER PORTEUR BAG// 30 L+ and also United States $245
These favorably big porteur bags are made especially to fit the Velo Orange Porteur shelf. The retro designing is a little a preferred for those with older steel bikes and also woollen jackets.
ORIGIN8 THRILL CARRIER PORTEUR BAG// 20-38 L and also United States $54
The very best worth thing on this checklist is the Thrill Carrier level shelf pack! It’s made especially around the Origin8 front porteur shelfs, and also when vacant, will certainly fold up completely level. This roll-top bag ain’t water-proof, so you could wish to toss the crucial things right into completely dry bags if you’re going out right into damp problems.
SURLY PORTEUR HOME BAG// 20 L+ and also United States $125
The Porteur Home bag is preferably made to fit the Surly 24- Load Shelf however will certainly fit various other comparable sized shelfs as well. While the external product isn’t water-proof, there’s a water-proof lining inside the bag to maintain every one of your equipment completely dry. The 24- Load shelf isn’t specifically light at 860 grams, and also just actually fits Surly forks, however it’s solid sufficient to manage as much as 13.6 kg (30 pounds).
SWIFT INDUSTRIES POLARIS PORTEUR BAG// 20 L and also United States $237
Made around the Velo Orange Porteur front shelf, the customized Polaris has actually been seen on bikes for regarding a years. Over this moment it has actually been fine-tuned to be resilient, useful and also trendy. The 20- litre bag is available in at 910 grams.
INSIDE LINE TOOLS PORTEUR SHELF BAG// 20-42 L and also United States $180-200
The water-proof Porteur Rackbag has a remarkably large max quantity of 42 L with the consisted of restrain bands! It can be fitted to a Pass &# 038; Stow, Velo Orange, Soma or Cetma shelf through 2 beneath bands. It’s readily available in a waxed cotton canvas or Cordura nylon outside.
TAILFIN AEROPACK// 20 L + 5L (completely dry bag) and also ₤169 (inc alloy shelf)
While a lot of trunk design bags supply around 10 L of storage space, the Tailfin AeroPack has longer measurements which aid it supply double the quantity– however remember you require to have a reasonably high seat to accomplish the optimum quantity. 2 lengthy cinching bands permit you to increase your quantity also better by including a drybag to the top. These all-in-one bag and also shelfs are made to fit practically any type of bike. The AeroPack Aluminium rack/bag combination evaluates in at 910 grams and also the Carbon design at 800 grams.