The way of carrying load on the bike always comes down to personal preference. Some riders prefer pannier bags, some others prefer messenger bags and of course there are riders who prefer cycling specific backpacks. It’s a sporty, comfortable choice that can be suitable for many different disciplines.
Thanks to the even weight distribution, practical design more and more cyclists choose this way to carry load on their bikes.
The cycling specific backpacks are designed for a
specific type of usage and it shows in every details of them, however they can
be very useful for everyday use also. The water resistant (many times fully
waterproof) material, the waist and chest straps, the well - ventilated back
panel, the elastic cord, mobile phone holder, zipped inner- and outer pockets,
the rain cover and all the reflective panels are there for our comfort and our
· Before you choose a cycling specific backpack always consider what is it designed for (commuting, MTB, etc…) and also what size backpack you need.
· Always be sure the shoulder, waist and chest straps are adjusted properly! If the shoulderstarps are too long the weight will be pushing your lower back, if the straps are too short your backpack will be pushing against your helmet. The waist and chest straps need to be tight but no overtightened.
· Always keep priority when you’re loading your backpack. Use the smaller zipped pockets to store the essential multitool, set of tyre levers, spare tube, your keys and a small amount of cash. In the larger pockets you can store your mini pump, rain jacket, clothing and some food of course.
Always take a plastic bag with you in case your
backpack isn’t waterproof or it doesn’t have a raincover.