Bike panniers and bags for touring and commuting

Packs to facilitate your dream of traveling the country on your bike.

bike against a wall
Bags for bikers.Michał Wichrzyński via Unsplash

The right bike pannier or pack will make make your daily commute more comfortable. A rugged, waterproof option could also empower you to see beautiful countrysides on your two wheels. Here are four bike bags we recommend.

Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Pannier

Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Pannier
Make sure your gear stays dry in the pouring rain.Amazon

The best feature of the Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Pannier is that it’s fully and truly waterproof. Unless it never rains where you live, or you’re not planning on biking in less than ideal weather, it’s worth considering getting a fully waterproof pannier, particularly if you plan on carrying electronics like a laptop. The Ortlieb has one main compartment, and the clips on the back easily adjust to your bike rack, so the panniers stay secure while you’re biking. This one is best suited for bike touring because it isn’t as easy to carry once it’s off your bike.

Timbuk2 Flash Tandem Pannier

Timbuk2 Flash Tandem Pannier
An urban, slick and durable commuter bike bag.Amazon

Timbuk2’s Flash Tandem Pannier is stylish, and a good fit if you’re looking for a commuter bike bag. It’s smaller than the average pannier made for touring. The panniers attach to each other when you’re not riding with the same hooks you use to secure them on the bike rack. It’s water-resistant and can fit a 15-inch laptop.

Two Wheel Gear - Pannier Backpack Convertible

Two Wheel Gear - Pannier Backpack Convertible
A simple backpack that easily fits on your bike.Amazon

The Two Wheel Gear is the perfect pannier for people looking for a backpack that can clip onto their bike rack. It comes with multiple compartments for organization, including a key leash, pen compartments, and a water bottle pocket on the outside. It also comes with a rain cover.

Axiom Bag Trunk Seymour O-Weave P9

Axiom Bag Trunk Seymour O-Weave P9
An insulated lunch bag for commuting and day trips.Amazon

If you are only planning to carry a few items on your bike, Axiom’s Bag Trunk can be a good solution. It easily attaches to your bike rack with velcro, and the handles make it convenient to carry around. It’s insulated, so it’s ideal as a daily lunch bag and a few other essentials.