Bicycling’s 2020 Gift Guide: Pack Your Bag!

Bikepacking is all the rage, and your bag choice will make or break your first foray. Love it with these three fine options.


By Jon Minster |

Forget those cumbersome panniers and racks, the modern bike bag is the business! With a handlebar bag, a frame bag and a seat bag, you can tackle two- to three-night missions with ease. Choosing wisely will ensure your first dip into the world of undiscovered roads, friendly strangers and lifetime memories is a positive one. Here are our picks.

Geosmina handlebar bag

This 10-litre handlebar bag from the Spanish brand has a nylon outer shell and laminated TPU inner, which combine to make it 100% waterproof. It has roll-down closures on either side for easy access to your stuff, and the straps are gentle on your bike’s handlebar, be it a flat bar or drops.

R1 195 // eastcitycycles.com

Ortlieb Frame Pack 

Ortlieb is a big name in cycle touring – their gear is durable, practical and usually waterproof. This pack is no exception. It has a 6-litre capacity, and secures with plenty of strong Velcro straps. The nylon fabric will keep out a deluge, as will the waterproof zip.

R1 765 // cycletouring.co.za

Apidura Racing Saddle Pack

Apidura are the kings of bike-packing cool. Their bags are used and loved by ultra-distance athletes and Average Joes alike. (This pack falls into the former category…) With a 5-litre capacity and a compact, lightweight design, it won’t feel like you have a lead tail swinging around behind you as you surf the gravel. If you want something bigger, check out the Expedition Saddle Pack, which comes in 9-, 14- and 17-litre sizes.

R2 790 // privateer.co.za

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