Bike Backpacks

Packing gear on your back is a comfortable, ergonomic option for hauling around the necessities. Backpacks meet this highly functional need for students, teachers, backpackers, bike commuters, tourists, and nearly everyone in between. The versatile nature of a backpack makes it the ideal choice for someone with a multi-faceted lifestyle and many things to carry. You can easily transition between activities like riding, walking to work, or hiking all while carrying everything you need for each situation. No other style bag can quite meet the same level of convenience as a backpack with the many different styles, sizes and uses available. This guide will help to answer some of your questions about benefits and versatility of bike backpacks that are designed with the cyclist in mind.


Bike backpacks are not just used for cycling, but encompass the gamut of all physical activities. The idea is to be able to move around as much as you want, and still maintain good fit and high functionality, while carrying a bunch of stuff. Bicycling is a sport that involves a wide range of motion, not to mention that most cyclists have a set destination in mind to enjoy hiking, kayaking, or other outdoor sports. Bike backpacks have all of the benefits of a regular backpack, but are amped up with detailed comfort features and helpful organizational capacity. These details are what separate the good bags from the great bags.

All of the bike backpacks we sell are designed to fit well and utilize weight distribution in the most efficient manner for your body. To maintain the model of a good fit, there are multiple adjustment straps to fit the person carrying the bag: from the very tall to the very small. The most important part of the bag are the bones or internal structure of the bag. With the use of a lightweight wire frame, or reinforced foam backing plate, your gear sits evenly across your back and shoulders so you can carry more without strain or discomfort. Vented padding at impact points also adds to your daily comfort of a no-rub ride, while laterally adjustable waist straps and vertically adjustable sternum straps secure the bag snugly for a custom fit. Okay, the bag fits great, but what about those convenience features you were talking about? Generally speaking you can make a pack from nearly every textile you can think of. Whether you prefer nylon, polyester, leather, cotton or latex and whether you fancy PU, acrylic, PVC or hypalon coatings or even no coating at all depends on what you plan to achieve. By picking your choice you must realize one thing: the materials you go for define the price class as well as the expected life span of the pack. So make sure you take some time and get the fabric that is best for the application you need.


Just like all bags, certain inherent factors of the bag should be taken into consideration. The most common is the notorious sweaty-back phenomenon. Biking backpacks, like those from Vaude, resolve this problem by including a rigid frame which pushes the actual backpack off your back for full, flow through air venting. Other backpacks include mesh cooling vents on the back and shoulders to maximize air flow at contact points. Increasing the weight on your back can also increase your center of gravity which can potentially lead to instability.

Compression straps help to secure the items in your pack, for minimal movement on your back. To carry weight at a lower center of gravity, check out bike panniers, which are mounted to bike racks. For the best of both worlds, there are the Ortlieb Vario and Vaude Cycle 28 conversion panniers, which easily transform from pannier to backpack.

Depending on the size and fit of a backpack, your helmet might come into contact with your pack when you turn your head while riding, which can lower your visibility. Adjustable shoulder straps and sternum straps can help to create a great fit both on and off the bike, even considering the additional space necessary for a helmet.

weatherproof-hydration-packs Who invented the backpack? Rumor has it was Dick Kelty… Born in Duluth, Minn., Mr. Kelty moved to Glendale as a child. He worked for the Lockheed Overseas Corporation in England, joined the Navy and later worked as a carpenter in Southern California. An avid hiker and camper in the Sierra Nevada, Mr. Kelty, who was known as Dick, started his brand of backpacks out of his home in 1952. The packs contoured to hikers’ bodies; others then on the market featured heavy wooden frames and canvas bags. Mr. Kelty’s packs also had padded shoulder straps and waist straps that shifted weight from hikers’ shoulders to their hips. Thanks Dick!


  • Commuting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Touring


  • Integrated hydration reservoirs
  • Helmet holders
  • Back cooling vents


  • Shoulders Strap Storage
  • Laptop/Tablet Sleeves
  • Cell Phone Holster

Ortlieb: As the only backpacks that can be labeled 100 percent waterproof, most people who enjoy water sports reach for Ortlieb. Their patented T-ZIP waterproof zipper makes an airtight seal, so your gear will be ready for any environmental onslaught, even if you’re not. 

Vaude: With the largest range of styles of biking backpacks, you will definitely find something you like in the Vaude line. Spanning from easy commuter packs with lots of organization and laptop sleeves to outdoorsy, trail packs made for intense rides, Vaude offers a bag for most any occasion.