How to Carry More Stuff on a Bike
Everyone needs to carry things on their bike, whether it’s something small like a multi-tool or a spare tube, up to larger hauls like groceries. There are so many ways to carry things on your bike! We are going to show you a few ways that work for various budgets, how much you need to carry, and your personal preference of what feels most comfortable to you. Let’s look and see what options are available:
Beginner’s guide to carrying things by bike
How can I carry things by bike?
- In your pocket – although be mindful of the potential for items falling out as you pedal.
- Backpack – a historically useful tool for transporting.
- Basket – put any bag in one and you’re good to go. Great for getting the weight off of your body and on to your bike. It actually makes riding easier.
- Saddle bag – great for smaller items such as tools you’ll need in case of an emergency.
- Rear rack – can clip on various bags, items, crates, and more.
- Front rack – many people prefer this to a rear rack for better bike handling.
- Bottle cage – carrying one pound on your bike beats carrying it on your body.
- Pannier, front or rear – clips on to rack with lots of space to load in items. Be careful to distribute weight evenly on either side of your bike for better handling.
- Handlebar bag – wonderful for easy access to items while out on a ride such as your phone, camera, or a map.
- Bike trailer – for kid carrying, dog carrying, home supplies, groceries…you name it.
- Milk crate – zip tie it to your rear rack and toss items in.
- Get creative!
What are important thing to carry?
- Spare tube or patch kit
- Tire levers
- Mini pump or CO2 Cartridge
- Spare light or batteries
What are other helpful items for transporting?
*These items are especially helpful in the case of unexpectedly large loads, or making sure things don’t fall out of or off of your bike.
- Zip ties
- Bungee cords
- Bike cargo net
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