Al­ter­na­tive lug­gage

What if you don’t want to carry the world on your shoul­ders? Or even your stuff? Try one of these...

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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.

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