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. Watch our 60-second video above to 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