Bike Commuting Gear

Make Your Commute Stylish and Easy

By Kris Parfitt and Jennifer McLaughlin

Eagle Creek’s Satchel Backpack

Eagle Creek will introduce the Satchel Backpack – a hip and stylish urban backpack for women and men who value beautiful form and practical function – in July.

The Backpack offers a sleek design for walk, bus or bike commuting. With stain-resistant fabric in a gorgeous mustard color, the pack offers ample room for all your essentials in beautifully lined pockets and padded spaces for items with screens and lenses.

The urban commuter can utilize the cross-body strap or two shoulder straps for comfort between home and office. We liked the utility clips that secure the straps to the bag offering a bold design touch along with simplicity in attaching and removing the straps.

The design also employs Eagle Creek’s signature security system: a simple loop and toggle to deter the dexterous fingers of would-be pick-pocketers. Retail: $135


Swift Paloma Handle Bar Bag

The Paloma allows you to access everything you need within arm’s reach. With an outward opening lid, front pocket and interior pen and phone pockets, you’ll be well–organized, no matter what your journey.

Navigating by mobile device? Safely swipe and click through the clear map case on top of the bag located at handlebar height. Lined with X-Pac, a light and waterproof rip-stop textile specifically designed for outdoor adventure, the bag has two inside rain flaps to prevent weather from intruding. In addition, the lid widens graciously for extra insurance against elements and the bag easily mounts and un-mounts to your handlebars.

This pioneering bag will prove to be your preferred comrade on any excursion. Retail: $147


Junior Ranger Panniers

As they say, “good things come in small packages” and these bags will not disappoint. Each detail masterfully balances the overall design and use. Two external pockets are ideal for organizing small stuff.

The dual-option closure provides flexible storage and easy access. Choose between a double roll-top closure or side-buckle system. The design concentrates on light-weight over waterproof. You can also add a Sea to Summit nylon dry sack to keep your gear organized and completely dry.

The traditional tension design is unbeatable when it comes to safety and stability. When set up properly, your bags won’t budge or rattle. Capacity: 20 liters a set. Weight: 3.5 pounds a set. Retail: $220