Guide To Bicycle Backpacks

Guide To Bicycle Backpacks
08/06/2015 Byte9 Systems

Bear & Bear collection of bicycle backpacks

At Bear & Bear we take a lot of pride in selecting the freshest things to show to our wonderful customers. We are feeling pretty excited about our awesome collection of bike backpacks at the moment, so I thought it’d be worthwhile to give you all a run through. So for all you keen cyclists out there, take your pick!

Filson Dry Day Backpack

Filson Dry Day


30 Litres // 33 x 50 x 18 cm // Vinyl-coated Polyester // £102

This  backpack is as ready to brace the elements as you are! Filson aren’t shy to offer a lifetime guarantee with all their products and there is no doubting why. Prepare yourself for any journey with this bag. It has a water-tight, vinyl-coated exterior with a roll top which adds extra protection to your stuff. The oval shape keeps it upright to make loading it easier, padded shoulder straps for comfort on a long cycle and they feature durable nylon loops for clipping accessories to for easy access while on the go. The sternum strap keeps the load stable on your shoulders and the bag has adjustable cinching straps to aid comfort. So whenever you’re caught in a flash storm, worrying about the life expectancy of your belongings is a thing of the past.

Buy it now: Filson Dry Day Backpack


Poler Rolltop Backpack

Poler Rolltop

28.3 Litres // 69 x 41 x 10 cm // Campdura, Nylon, Leather // £80

Poler Outdoor Stuff keeps in mind that travellers don’t always want to look like they’re just about to ascend an alpine peak or trek through a jungle for a month. They know sometimes we want a bag that is hardy and durable but also looks awesome and says “adventure”. This is their adaptation of the classic roll top style. For throw and go storage without all that cumbersome bulk this is certainly one of the best bicycle backpacks around. It is made from durable campdura fabric with smart leather accents, is water resistant and has a well thought out accessory pocket on the front– something you don’t often see with rolltops. It has load compression cinch straps, padded and adjustable shoulder straps and a stabilising sternum strap. You can load it up with a laptop up to 15” in the padded compartment, a change of clothes, your lunch or whatever you dream up. This is a bag for those trips you don’t yet know where you’ll end up.

Buy it now: Poler Rolltop Backpack 


Alban Rolltop Backpack

Alban Rolltop

24 Litres // 30 x 15 x 45 cm expanding to 62 cm // Coated Canvas // £79

Now, this is a personal favourite in our selection of bicycle backpacks. It is understated, simple and timeless. A city slicker that is ready for a spontaneous night out and wont cramp your style. Alban designers are inspired by a British vintage style which they combine with a workwear aesthetic. All of their bags are constructed from durable and robust 20 oz. coated canvas with nickel hardware and premium leather trim detailing, making their bags extremely wearable and good looking. The rolltop feature keeps all your belongings secure, protected from the elements and with a double-layered base to the bottom, it offers extra durability when you set it down. You can also marvel at the padded laptop compartment (up to 15” laptop), two side pockets for a drink bottle/ any extras and a sternum buckle which doubles up as extra lateral security and aesthetics. You don’t have to worry about lugging around an unattractive bulky nylon bike bag whenever you dismount with this backpack.

Buy it now: Alban Rolltop Backpack 

Sandqvist Lars Goran Backpack

Sandqvist Lars Goran

27 Litres // 46 x 28 x 21 cm // 1000d Cordura, Leather // £169

This backpack from Sandqvist is admittedly more of a fashion item but it definitely deserves a mention.  It boasts some brilliant features which makes taking in on the road a great choice. The extra wide, ergonomic shoulder straps mean that even though this bag has a large capacity maximum, it will still be a very comfortable wear even after you’ve loaded it with some serious weight. The large zip side pockets add some extra space alongside the large interior and you have a small zip pocket in the front flap closure for quick access. You don’t need to leave your laptop behind as it has a padded compartment that will fit a 15” laptop, so this backpack is as great for cycling to work as it is for taking on a weekend trip. Made from durable cordura cotton and with lots of secure closure features this is ideal for loading up for a long cycle.

Buy it now: Sandqvist Lars Goran Backpack


Millican Dave Rucksack

Millican Dave


28 Litres // 36 x 42 x 17 cm // Organic Cotton Canvas, Recycled Polyester, Leather // £170

Millican is the brain child of Jorrit and Nicky, avid backpackers with a passion for travel and adventure. These bags are designed, tried and tested by backpackers who love the travelling lifestyle. The materials they use are fully eco-conscious, sustainable, organic, and recycled and ensure exceptional quality. Yes this is a bag mainly for the outdoors, but its versatility surpasses your average outdoors backpack thus it qualifies in our collection of bicycle backpacks. It is perfect for a cycling trip thanks to the fold away rain cover which only adds to its already weatherproof canvas exterior, large ergonomic shoulder straps and the double entry openings for effortless access inside. I can barely do it justice in a limiting blog space so you’ll just have to have a look for yourself.

Buy it now: Millican Dave Rucksack

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