How to Choose Bike Bags & Racks

Carrying your gear along with you on a bike ride can be tricky. Luckily, there are tons of great options to get you and your stuff from point A to point B. Some bags mount directly to a bike’s frame while many convenient options attach to a rack mounted over one of the wheels. Racks themselves are usually screwed in tube raised on mounts on the bike’s frame while others simply clean up to the seat tube. When selecting your rack, make sure its weight limit will work for you. Racks and carry anywhere from 20 to 80 pounds depending on the mode. Start with a rear rack but if you need more room you can also add a rack to the front of your bike. Well, you shouldn’t feel much of a difference in riding with a loaded rear rack front racks can’t affect your steering and balance.so, be careful. With the rack installed, you can either strap your directly to it. You can attach panniers to the side or a rack trunk that sits on top. Veneers are super popular with commuters because they let you carry lots of gear out of the way. They offer great weather protection and they’re easy to attach and remove. so you can take them with you when you leave your bike. make sure that when you mount your veneers, there’s plenty of room for your heel as you pedal. Veneers are sold in pairs but if you don’t need that much space you can always use just one. It on the right side, so it doesn’t stick out into traffic. Rack trunks are slightly smaller than veneers but larger then the frame mounted bags. So they may be just right for traveling light or just adding some space. While some manufacturers design racks and trunks to slide together, most trunks melt with straps and buckles. If you need additional storage only want to stash small items or you don’t want to bother with a rack. There’s a wide variety of cool little frame mounted bags. There are bags about between the top tube and the seat tube, bags about between the top tube and the stem, bags mount to the handlebars and bags the mount beneath the seat. Now all of these are great for adding storage but by far the most common is a seat bag. It attaches with either straps or a quick-release system, so you can easily take the bag with you. The typically where cyclists store an extra tube a multi-tool or even a snack. Some options are expandable and have enough room to fit a jacket. Casual riders or those looking to transport taller items often turn to the trusty bike basket. Baskets can mount either to the front or the back of your bike and they’re perfect for bringing home the grocery. And to keep your gear dry there are waterproof bags and others with rain covers if you plan to ride regardless of the weather. Don’t forget heavy loads will affect balance and steering control, so carry heavy loads low and in the back of the bike to help even things out.