You can get by with a normal rucksack while riding a bike – but it’ll never be ideal. A proper bike rucksack has chest and waist straps to stop the ones on your shoulders being pulled apart, as well as a tougher construction.
You’d also expect waterproofing, whether that’s permanent or in the form of an integral cover that can be whipped out and rolled over the bag when the rain starts to fall. Here are five great choices from the MCN Shop.
Kriega R30 £159
Pricey, yes – but this is possibly the king of rucksacks. It holds 30 litres of stuff in a waterproof main compartment with a rolltop closure, plus a couple of external pockets. The carrying harness supports weight better than any other rucksack around.
Oxford Aqua B2 £49.99
Keep loads of stuff dry in this 25-litre bag made from tarpaulin material with a rolltop closure. Padded straps and back panel keep you comfy and there are two external pockets with water-resistant zips and a couple of mesh pockets on the sides.
Knox Studio Rucksack £59.99
It looks like a trendy hipster rucksack, yet is as practical as they come with a 25-litre capacity and waterproof construction. A leather base makes it more robust and there’s a helmet-carrying strap for lugging lids off the bike.
Givi EA104B Easy-T Expandable £53.49
This one isn’t permanently waterproof, but there’s an integrated hood to keep out rain on wet days. It holds 22 litres of stuff, has an internal organiser section and there’s an extractable helmet holder for use off the bike.
Held Zaino £65.99
Simplicity is the order of the day with the Zaino, which is made from waterproof tarpaulin material with a rolltop closure to stop rain getting in the top. Comfy padded straps, fasteners for chest and waist and two external pockets complete the picture.