The right Bike Bag
The right bike bag for your adventure
Choosing the right bike bag depends on what your plans include and whether you’ll be riding in the city, on trails, or over long distances. The demands made on your gear all depend on where – and how – you’ll be riding. Whatever you’ve got planned – we offer a wide range of bike bags that are perfectly matched to your activity.
Whether you’re just taking the scenic way home or heading out on an epic bike journey around the world, you’ve got to decide what to take with you and we can’t lift the burden of those decisions. We can, however, help with deciding where to put it all with optimal storage and bike bag attachment solutions.
VAUDE is your reliable partner when it comes to practical solutions. In addition to optimal materials, our products also feature useful functionality, perfectly matched to different types of biking adventures. For city biking we’ve got bags with compartments for your laptop and other important documents. If you’re biking out in the countryside, your map will need to be close at hand along with your tools in case of an emergency.
For longer tours and multiday travel you need the right food and gear in order to be prepared for whatever comes your way. In addition to a wide range of bag sizes (volume) we also have different ways they can be attached to your bike – at the handlebars, on the seat post or on your rear wheel or rack. All of our bags are robust and made from tried and tested, eco-friendly VAUDE materials with Eco Finish. Plenty of additional functionality such as the ability to be locked, reflectors or straps for carrying ensure both comfort and security on the ride – and off your bike as well.
The basic rule for longer tours: “Less is more”. You should think carefully about what you really need. Never overstuff your bags. It’s important to have some spare room – when the weather changes you’ll need a place to quickly stow your jacket and you might pick up something new along the way. You’ll decide where to pack things based on the weight of your gear and when you’ll be using it next, taking into account how it will affect your bike handling when fully loaded.
Tip: Go on a trial run with your bags fully loaded in similar terrain to your planned adventure. You’ll find out right away where you need to make adjustments.
Tip: What do you really need for your next bike tour? Check out the VAUDE Checklist for important information about the topic.
- Two separate bags at the back
- Handlebar / saddle / pack bag at the front
- Water bottle and cage
- Optional: GPS
- Bike shoes
- Bike socks
- Bike shorts
- Long pants or leg warmers
- Arm warmers
- Rain pants
- Rain jacket or rainproof wind jacket
- Helm, optional: Buff or other neck gaiter
- Off-day clothing
- Optional: Bike shoes and overshoes
Camping and Cooking Gear
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Tent repair set
- Stove and fuel
- Dishes and cutlery
- Cup, plate, pots
- Herbs/spices, salt, pepper
- Folding water container
- Water filter
- Dish towel
- Dish soap and a sponge
Health and Hygiene
- First aid kit and medicines
- Wash bag and personal hygiene items
- Microfiber hand towel
- Insect repellent
- Ointment for wounds / sports balm
- Toilet paper
Tools and Spare Parts
- Repair kit
- Spare tube
- Tire glue
- Duct tape
- Folding spare tire
- Chain tool and spoke wrench
- Combination wrench
- Spare screws
- Spare spokes
- Spare brake and derailleur cables
- Spare brake pads
- Replacement chain links
- Sunglasses and case
- Laundry soap and line
- Camera and batteries
- Travel guide
- Identification and cash
- Phone including emergency numbers
- Plastic bags / garbage bags
Packing for a bike journey
Urban Bike Bags
Your city has an incredible amount to offer – just like the selection of different models and product lines that we’ve developed specifically for urban biking – Perfectly organised and with variable storage space, this series is equipped for all city adventures.
Our Classic City Bags are for the daily commute to work. They’re waterproof and a breeze to attach to your bike. They feature practical laptop compartments to keep your work safe.
Other products, such as the bike bags of the ShopAir category, are the perfect choice for your free time, whether your activity involves sports, shopping, meeting up with friends or a spontaneous picnic in the park.
If you want to be able to combine work, training, shopping and friends with full flexibility, our ExCycling Bags are the just the right choice. They offer plenty of space, are extremely versatile and, of course, have waterproof welded seams as well.
All urban bike bags are equipped with our Plug and Ride system. The system allows the upper guide rail to be adjusted. One slanted attachment of the bag prevents heels from getting caught when pedalling. In addition, the upper guide rail can be removed, so that no annoying pressure occures when the bike bag is used as a shoulder bag.
The bags are fastened with our proven QMR (Quik Mount Release) system.
Bag Selection & Weight Distribution
The longer your tour, the more gear you’ll need, which means both bigger bags (holding more volume) and more of them. Keep in mind that any additional weight in your bags changes the handling of your bike, but usually, you get used to these changes pretty quickly.
The weight in your bags should increase from the front of the bike toward the back. This means that heavier gear is stowed in the back bags and the lightest items on the handlebars. You should also keep things that you’ll need during the ride at the front: a map, phone, camera, money and credit card, protein bar, etc. Put things you won’t need as often but that are important in the saddle bag: your repair kit, spare tube, multi-tool as well as a mini-pump and a first aid kit. You should have these in your saddle bag on every bike trip – even if it’s a short one.