National Cycle to Work Day: 10 best bags for commuters

Get ready for National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags

On 4 September, riders all over the country will be saddling up for National Cycle to Work day. Whether you’re new to commuting on two wheels, or a seasoned bike-to-worker, it’s a good excuse to invest in a new bag for the job. The carrier you choose will depend on what you need to transport; if you’re lugging a computer or tablet, you might want a bag with a designated padded sleeve. Or, if you’re after something that works for other adventures (mountain-biking, running and hiking, for example), then it’s perhaps best to opt for a technical, lightweight bag. Or, if style’s as important as function, then go for a case that won’t look out of place in the office or on the street.

We consulted cyclists in The Independent offices, and tested a range of bags for all budgets. We started with  Dare2B’s compact, stuffable silicone rucksack and pedalled our way up to Michaux’s super-stylish Lightening rucksack. Here’s our pick of the best.

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For a bag that will keep your precious tech protected, is comfortable to carry and works for a business meeting, go for the Evoc Commuter. If it’s a bag that doubles up for running and other sports and feels super-light on your back you’re after, try Deuter’s Race Exp Air bag (but perhaps leave your shoes at work to avoid overloading this one). Or for a hard-wearing bit of kit that doesn’t scream “cycle commute”, we like the Osprey Flap Jack which comes in a range of colours with bright contrasting straps.

Buy now

1. Deuter Race EXP Air Cycle Bag, £52.32

2. Jack Wolfskin Moab Jam 30 Rucksack, £80

3. Michaux Lightening Rucksack, £249

4. Evoc Commuter Bag, £119.95

5. Ortlieb Messenger Bag, £80.99

6. Henty Wingman Suitbag, £119.99

7. Altura Morph Versa Tarpaulin Backpack, £48.74

8. Proviz Night Rider Rucksack, £44.99

9. Osprey Flap Jack Courier Bag, £44.99

10. Dare 2b Silicone Rucksack, £18