You love to ride your gravel bike, but it’s a pain in the ass to carry everything you need with you. Gravel Bike Bag have the solution! the bags are made of durable and waterproof materials that will protect all your gear from rain, mud or even a spill on the trail. Plus, they are lightweight so carrying them won’t slow you down. Whether it is for commuting to work or going on an overnight trip, we have what you need.
- 1 TYPES OF BIKE RACKS
- 2 TYPES OF GRAVEL BIKE BAGS
- 3 GRAVEL BIKE BAGS FEATURES
- 4 VIDEO GRAVEL BIKE BAGS
If you want some peace of mind about having enough space for all your stuff when riding around town or exploring new places by bike, then get yourself some cycling-specific luggage like our panniers and handlebar bags
Bike bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In the market offer saddlebags, panniers, backpacks – even messenger bags for those who prefer to take their gear on the front!
The bags are cleverly designed to fit around your bike’s geometry, utilizing every bit of unused space and come in four key varieties: handlebar, frame, seat or top tube. They’re perfect for any type of cyclist who wants a little more storage on their next journey while cycling through the woods with friends. Check out these best available on the market right now that will have you covered ahead of your next adventure!
TYPES OF BIKE RACKS
A rack provides a stable framework to hold gear on your bicycle. In good weather, items can be strapped directly to the rack without a cover. For foul weather or the ability to hold loose items together, bags such as rack trunks and panniers can be easily attached to the rear rack.
Rear racks are usually rated to carry loads between 20 and 50 pounds, which is sufficient for most uses. A few heavy-duty touring models can carry up to 80 pounds. These racks typically have three supports per side (others have only two).
Rear racks are designed to attach to the braze-on mounts that many bikes have. If your bike does not have braze-on mounts, you can still mount a rack using metal C clips included with the mounting hardware of most racks. These clips wrap around your bike’s frame tubes and accept the lower mounting bolt.
A front rack offers an additional mounting spot for gear. It is a secondary option after a rear rack as it adds weight to the bike’s front wheel and can affect steering and balance. Front racks are popular mostly with touring cyclists who carry large volumes of gear.
There are two primary styles of front racks:
A standard rack (also called a “top mount”) maximizes gear capacity as the load can be carried above the front wheel as well as hung off the sides.
A low rider rack accepts bags only on the sides but holds that weight closer to the ground for better balance.
As with rear racks, front racks are designed to attach to the braze-on mounts on your bike.
TYPES OF GRAVEL BIKE BAGS
Trail snacks are the best! But, if you find yourself on a long hike and need to keep your hands free for other tasks, it’s time to pack up some essentials. A quick solution is using stem bags – they can carry anything from water bottles or sunglasses all the way back down to gloves.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-store snack container that’s also versatile enough for taking along with personal items like phone chargers or clothes layers in case of emergency (think emergencies!), look no further than hydration packs called “stem bags”. They work great as carrying pouches because they have wide openings at either end so you don’t risk spilling everything when opening them – even things like trail mix which might
The fork bag is an ideal storage solution for anyone who needs to make use of every cubic inch they have. It’s the perfect size and weight for storing anything from sleeping gear, extra clothing, or bulkier items such as cooking equipment or food and drinks. The 3L version has enough room in it that you can get creative with how you store your belongings!
This bike bag is perfect for carrying your everyday essentials, extra clothes and camping gear on your commute or long-distance tour.
This great piece of kit can be used to carry all the important items you need while biking in a style that allows it to double as an excellent city commuter or touring companion.
Named after the French word for baskets, panniers offer roomy storage and protection from weather. They can be used singly or in pairs to attach onto your bike’s front or rear rack with a simple system of spring-loaded hooks, clips, or bungee cords that you easily disconnect when needed so you can take all your gear with you.
Small items tend to get lost in large panniers, so consider using stuff sacks to get organized.
Caution: “Don’t put your heel on the back of the bike because it will make pedaling difficult, and you could lose control,” says professional cyclist Ryan Thomas. “Too-large panniers (or those improperly mounted too far forward) can cause this impact.” 1
The saddle bag is a perfect addition to any cyclist’s arsenal. This small pouch can carry the necessities you need for your ride, such as an energy bar or spare tube and tire levers. The large models are ideal for long rides where more supplies may be needed! One of these bags will never leave home without you again!
The best bike accessory for carrying your frequently used items such as a camera, sunscreen and snacks is the handlebar bag. This mounts to you bars with clamps or straps to keep these things at hand but also visible while cycling. Some models even have clear plastic sleeves on top that show maps so this can be an excellent option for touring cyclists who are more accustomed to using one of those than a seat bag
Caution: A bike’s weight and size influences the style of bicycle you should use. One that is too heavy, or one with handlebars which are not height-adjustable, may be difficult to control when going down a hill at high speeds. Be sure your bag does not affect your ability to operate brakes or shifters on your bike; overloaded bags can cause an imbalance in balance while biking on your adventure
Best for carrying a jacket, tools, and food when you need a bag smaller than a pannier, but larger than a seat bag.
The Rack Trunk is the perfect way to carry your gear. They are larger than seat bags and smaller than panniers, meaning they can hold more items like clothing, bike tools or even lunch! The plastic liner on many of these packs will reinforce its shape while still being pliable enough for packing easy access storage pockets that make organizing a cinch. Some trunks offer integrated rain covers so you don’t have to worry about lugging around an extra item in your pack just in case there are clouds overhead – now that savings space too!
Frame bags are a great way to keep your phone and snacks on hand. They can be mounted anywhere from the top tube, down by the seat post, or even underneath for those who like something lower profile. Frame bags not only offer utility as storage but also function as an added safety measure in case of emergencies with easy access right there when you need it most!
Best for carrying a range of items, including grocery bags, on fair-weather rides.
Baskets can carry loads on the front and/or back of your bicycle. Rear baskets are usually mounted on either side of the rear wheel. They can carry tall loads, as they have no lid.
Front baskets tend to be smaller than their rear-mounted cousins; they are most often hung off the handlebars or anchored to the front fork with metal stays.
GRAVEL BIKE BAGS FEATURES
When choosing a bag for your bicycle adventure, consider the following things to make your trip smooth and enjoyable.
Some bags adjust via compression straps or expandable collars. This allows you to carry loads of varying sizes without having the unused portion of the bags flapping in the wind or the load shifting as you move on your bike.
Ease of Access
Handlebar bags are more accessible than panniers or seat bags, making them a great choice for small, frequently used items. Other characteristics to consider: How many openings are there? Zippers or flaps? Are there small pockets for organization or simply a large, undivided space?
If you’re an all-conditions rider who doesn’t shy away from rain and road spray, look for a bag rated as “waterproof” instead of “water resistant.” Waterproof bags are made from a rubberized material to keep the contents dry even in a downpour. Many features a roll-top closure to prevent water from getting in.
If you park in public areas, you’ll probably want to take your gear with you. Panniers attach to racks using a simple system of spring-loaded hooks, clips or bungee cords and are easy to disconnect. For seat bags, look for one with a quick-release mounting bracket rather than a set of buckles or rip-and-stick straps.