Bike Messenger Bags

Bike messenger bags are the stylish bag of choice for many urban cyclist.

These comfortable shoulder bags rest diagonally across a rider’s back and typically have a stabilizing strap across the chest to keep the bags secure while riding. They are well-known for quick cargo accessibility due to their one-shoulder design, which allows a rider to slide the bag from back to front, for easy loading without having to take the bag off. With the multiple shapes and colors available, bike messenger bags have lots of personality while being highly functional for the daily tote-n-ride. With the ease and comfort of the messenger bag, it’s no wonder they have sustained such a long history. They began as mail carrier bags for the Pony Express riders in the nineteenth century, resurfaced in the 1950’s high-fashion shoulder bag scene, and have continued to make an impression ever since as a utilitarian bag used by active enthusiasts with places to be and stuff to carry. Made to be ultra durable, they are typically constructed from high denier Cordura, the heavy-duty fabric which offers toughness while being highly water-resistant or waterproof. In most cases, the fabric is completely waterproof, but some design features like stitched seams or outer pockets, will dub the bag as water resistant.

For comfort and fit, messenger bags rival bike bike backpacks

messengerbags_psd___100___Interview_with_bike_messenger_Austin_Horse__RGB_8__After many years of figuring what works best, there are some standard features that every messenger bag should have. The shoulder strap is the main point of interest, considering all comfort fit factors ride on this part of the bag, while the rest is convenience. Shoulder straps should be fairly wide on bike messenger bags in order to distribute weight more evenly across your body. The straps are either reinforced and padded along impact points, or include an adjustable pad which can be moved along the strap for custom comfort. The shoulder strap can also double as a Batman-like utility belt, it’s a great place to accessorize cell phone holders, lock holsters, small ditty bags — all necessary items to have at your immediate disposal.

The structure of messenger bags are designed for ultimate convenience. Equipped with a large main flap that secures with cinching buckles, Velcro, or both, you can quickly open the bag, expel it’s contents, and hurry on your merry way. Some bags go a step further with a waterproof roll top flap which opens up organization accessibility while increasing waterproofing with the tight roll closure. Keeping with the multi-faceted bag theme, the large main compartment usually will have multiple organization features like pen slots, pockets, and removable key ring holders. For those who need to be plugged in at all times, some messenger bags will also include an integrated laptop sleeve, or offer a removable one as an accessory.


So, then the question still hangs, “Are bike messenger bags the right bag for me?”. As one of the most versatile and well-known bags on the market, the answer is probably “Yes.” Some main points to consider: Do you prefer to carry your gear on your bike or on your person? How much do you want to carry? How much use do you need from a bag when it’s not on your bike? Messenger bags keep your bike bag-free, for a lighter and more maneuverable commute. Which is why they are often the bag of choice for bike messengers or couriers who are constantly moving around by bike. Messenger bags are also great for carrying a lot of gear, but they can be problematic if overloaded. Even the larger messenger bags have a structural limitation based no the way it rests on your back. Bulky or odd shaped items can often sit awkwardly against your back or poke through the side of a messenger bag, so it’s good to evaluate the type of cargo you want to carry. As far as usability off the bike, cyclists and non-cyclists alike have come accustomed to using messenger bags as an everyday bag.



  • Daily Commuter
  • Professional Bike Messenger
  • Great Laptop Travel Bags


  • Easy Access without removing bag
  • Sizes range from very small to HUGE
  • Stylish and efficient way to carry gear



Banjo Brothers : High quality, well-built and affordable panniers, backpacks, handlebar bags, seat bags, messenger bags, and more for bike commuters, recreational and urban cyclists.

Ortlieb : The tried and true German brand Ortlieb has been making the leading waterproof bike panniers for decades. It was only natural for the large bag company to dabble in producing other waterproof bags. Ortlieb’s patented T-ZIP waterproof zipper and classic waterproof materials allow these messenger bags to go where no bag has gone before.