What if you don’t want to carry the world on your shoulders? Or even your stuff? Try one of these...
RUCKSACKS ARE A brilliant way of transporting your stuff by bike. But they’re not right for every rider or every ride. You still have to take the weight of whatever’s inside and even the best exert some degree of drag on the rider – and that can be tiring if you’re doing 300-mile days. Equally, sometimes you’re only carrying a few things and having them rattling around inside a huge rucksack seems redundant.
For longer distances, tailpacks or panniers can make carrying a tour’s worth of kit much simpler. For shorter trips, a tankbag — especially a compact one — can be an easy way to move wallet, phone, visor wipe and other essentials. All the options have the merit of switching away from a rucksack and putting the load directly on the bike, not on the rider.