Get­ting the right back­pack makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence

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WHEN I STARTED rid­ing (shortly af­ter Noah) the only lug­gage I had was a 1980s camp­ing ruck­sack. It was great — huge and some­times show­er­proof… and heavy and tir­ing to wear for long dis­tances, as it had the drag co­ef­fi­cient of a block of flats. Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, I came to pre­fer tail­packs...

But that’s the thing with rid­ing a bike… ruck­sacks are al­ways use­ful. Maybe not on every trip (es­pe­cially if you ride mostly for plea­sure) but whether you’re pop­ping stuff round to a mate or com­mut­ing every day, you can’t beat a back­pack. As long as it’s a good one. They hide the weight, keep your gear dry and aren’t a tir­ing drag to wear.

We gath­ered 20 bik­ing ruck­sacks for a back-to­back test. I said back-to... oh, for­get it. Any­way, you can find the per­fect bag for you on p78.

En­joy this is­sue — and en­joy your rid­ing.

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