As riders we want different things from our rucksack – not the sort of thing a camping shop will sell.
A good one will sit the weight lower on your back, have straps for waist and chest to stop the windblast pulling the shoulder straps apart and will also be tougher to cope with wind speed.
A waterproof hood stashed somewhere inside is also handy.
Here are our favourite five small rucksacks from the wide selection at www.mcnshop.com
Oxford backpack anniversary edition, £19.99
Small lightweight rucksack for carrying your essentials, with padded straps for shoulders and compression straps to keep your luggage compact. There are pockets on the front and sides for easy and quick access to small items.
Held To-Go, £29.99
Water-repellent rucksack with a 12-litre capacity for carrying your clobber around, with two external pockets for quick access and mesh side pockets for items like neckwarmers. There’s Scotchliter light-reflective material to make you more visible at night, an internal organiser and a built-in rain hood.
Richa L Bag, £39.99
Richa’s medium-sized rucksack has a wide range of compartments and pockets to suit the organised riders who like to know where things are at all times. It has an integral waterproof cover and comes in a selection of colours to suit those who want to be more visible while riding.
Furygan Griso, £44.99
Those who carry a laptop around will welcome the dedicated compartment to keep their computer tucked safely away in the Griso. There are also several pockets in the main compartment to help riders stay organised. There’s a waterproof cover stashed inside and the bag has a carry handle on top.
Alpinestars Lite Backpack, £49.98
Commuters will appreciate the 20 litres of capacity in Alpinestars’ bag, with a laptop compartment and straps for the chest and waist to spread the load across a greater area rather than focusing on the shoulders. It has mesh pockets on the sides and light-reflective detailing for night-time visibility.