5 great rucksacks for cyclists
A cycling holiday with Macs Adventure normally includes luggage transfer between accommodations, so there is no need to overload your bike with panniers and other baggage.
However, you might like to take some bits and pieces, such as a waterproof or windproof jacket, arm warmers, snacks and hydration, map and guide book, phone and camera, in a rucksack that is suitable for cycling.
The rucksack shouldn’t be too large because carrying a big or heavy pack on your back while cycling could become a bit sweaty.
Here are five rucksacks that are suitable for cycling.
Osprey Escapist 18 Unisex
Whether you’re riding a long day in the saddle or off for a short outing, the AirScape back panel offers good ventilation and support. Other features include the Biostretch hip belt and harness to keep the pack neatly in position on your back.
There are “scratch-free” pockets for keeping your phone and sunglasses safe and to hand and a quick-access external hydration sleeve.
Other pockets include InsideOut compression pockets and PowerMesh stretch pockets, plus internal organiser for keeping all your bits and pieces in the right place.
There’s also a useful hi-viz rain cover, reflective graphics, light attachment point and a useful gadget for attaching your helmet to the bag when not in use.
£60, Osprey Escapist 18 Unisex
Deuter Cross Bike 18
This compact rucksack boasts Deuter’s Airstripes System, which is much acclaimed as offering good back ventilation. The pack also has a host of other cycle-friendly features including a helmet holder, lots of pockets inside and out, 3M reflectors, a reflective loop for a safety light. It is hydration system compatible.
£60, Deuter Cross Bike 18
LittleLife Toddler Animal Daypack
Perfect for younger riders this cute Toddler Daysacks adds fun to the practicals of carrying their own kit. The packs have a two-litre capacity.
LittleLife rucksacks include a handy top grab handle for times when you are off the bike. This handle allows parents to keep hold of their child in busy places. There’s also a removable safety rein.
Like a grown-up’s rucksack there are adjustable padded shoulder straps, plus a chest strap to prevent the pack from slipping around while cycling.
£19.99, LittleLife Toddler Animal Daypack
dhb Active 20L Rucksack
dhb is on-line cycling retailer Wiggle’s own brand. They know a thing or two about cycling and have created a range to suit people who are newcomers to cycling.
That’s not to say that the kit is not perfectly useable and fit for purpose. The dhb Active 20L Rucksack has a padded air mesh back panel, adjustable chest strap, removable webbing hip belt, zipped main compartment, lower front pocket and attachment loop for a light.
£12.34, dhb Active 20L Rucksack
Altura Vortex 25 Backpack
The Altura Vortex is fully seamed and waterproof. The main opening and the smaller front pocket use roll-top closing methods to keep the bag super water-tight.
It’s a larger bag so you can fit in more if you need to, although we recommend that you do not fill it if you are hoping to enjoy your day of riding!
There is a handy external U-lock holder that makes a tight hold of the lock to stop it from moving around.
There are also external helmet hooks, which allow you to strap your helmet to your bag when you are off your bike.
The bag has ergonomically shaped and padded shoulder straps, as well as a chest and waist strap to stop the bag from swaying about.
Extra features include reflective trim, an LED Light Loop and a removable laptop sleeve if you want to use the bag for commuting or on the plane.
£85.49, Altura Vortex 25 Backpack
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