If there’s one thing that might just get more casual ladies bums on saddles, it’s some snappy bike accessories. The Dutch know the score when it comes to cycling lifestyle kit, rather than strictly technical equipment, and Basil show that admirably with this range of attractively floral and girly bike bags.
Topeak’s MTX waterproof trunk bag is brilliantly designed and a delight to use when paired with the brand’s range of compatible carriers thanks to solid construction and the clever patented quick track mounting system, combining limpet like security and effortless release. Extensive internal padding gives perishables a sporting chance of surviving rutted roads and bridle path alike but I’d stop short of risking cameras and other sensitive electrical equipment.
This neat little waterproof pouch from Lezyne makes it easy to keep those essential oddments in the right place.
This burly courier bag from Lezyne is full of neat touches and is well put together to boot. You can fit a decent load in it and your kit will stay dry too. It's not at its best when overpacked but for medium sized loads and the daily commute it's a hard-wearing workhorse.
This is a pretty straightforward seatpack that securely straps in place around your saddle rails and seatpost with easy-to-use Velcro fastenings. Our medium sized version (£14.99) swallows up a spare inner tube, multi-tool, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and even an 18cm mini-pump without much trouble – in other words, all the gubbins you’re likely to need to keep you on the road.
There's a lot of 'form over function' criticism levelled at Knog for some of the Australian manufacturer's more esoteric gear. It's rarely a gripe that applies to their bags though, which are some of the best constructed and well thought out luggage out there, and the Dry Dog is no exception. An excellent quality waterproof pannier with an integral laptop sleeve and some clever detailing, the Dry Dog is certainly a bag you can grow to love.
With the wonderful weather that we enjoyed over summer and winter looming on the horizon these waterproof panniers from Agu will be just the ticket for keeping your kit nice and dry, whether you are commuting or on tour.
I am someone whom racks up a good number of commuting miles and I am constantly looking for new and innovative forms of bike luggage. For a rider who has carried everything from a laptop to papers and even a child's hobby horse, the Bikebin is an interesting luggage option.
Looking at Moore Large’s own brand seatpack, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d travelled back in time some twenty years. There’s no LED tab, a single, expandable compartment and very basic nylon construction but it remains serviceable enough for budget conscious riders needing a big pack.
Outeredge’s small panniers are just right for light loads, club runs and seatpost mounted racks like the ETC with pannier frames. However, while having some nice touches such as rain covers and surprisingly effective mounting kit, they’re not tough enough for regular commuting, let alone touring.