Need some guidance on how to haul? We took some new gear for a spin.
Highlights: the sturdy woven nylon fabric, the handy sleeve for a tablet, the hitching place for a u-lock, the zippered compartment for easy access to essentials and the sternum straps for stability. The “cooling panel” on the back helped — a little. Pedal away with no fear of wrinkles with Timbuk2’s OCD Packing Folder ($35-$39).
SODO Handlebar Bag ($78)
We managed to squeeze in a rolled-up pair of pants and a shirt, a bagel and an apple. Plus, the waterproof compartment on top for your smartphone means you can text without removing it — but not while pedaling!
ORP Rolltop Backpack ($110)
It’s light (0.9 pounds), waterproof and built like a bucket, and it has a top to roll down if you’re not carrying much or to pull up for bulky loads. (It definitely can hold a tablet computer — or a six-pack of beer.) Comfortable shoulder straps and a sternum strap keep the ORP (for “Operation Readiness Pack”) from weighing you down.
RIBZ Front Pack ($59.95)
This appears to be the world’s only front pack, which makes so much sense for cyclists. Your stuff, stored in a couple of zippered compartments, hangs in front of your chest, not your back, so … no sweat!