Rack Bags

Rack Bags

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Which rack bag to choose for my bike?

Bike rack bags are an accessory that allows you to carry bulky objects or a heavy load comfortably and safely while pedaling. These bags are usually placed on the pannier rack, which can be located in the rear or front area. They are very useful for carrying with us all kinds of objects, such as clothes, laptop, shopping, tools or the food we need on an outing.

There are different types of bicycle pannier bags, each with its own characteristics and functions.

The most practical bicycle rack bags

Bicycle panniers are a type of panniers that are placed on the pannier (or panniers, as there are models with luggage racks attached to both axles) of the bicycle and are used to carry personal items while cycling. Available in different sizes and designs, they usually have a load capacity ranging from 10 to 30 liters.

Some of these saddlebags also have additional compartments for storing everything from keys to electronic devices. In fact, some models also include straps to make life easier: they allow us to use them as shoulder straps and carry the bag with us whenever we need it. These are the main models:

  • Bags for luggage rack located in front of the handlebars. These are small bags that are placed on the front pannier of the bicycle and allow you to carry all kinds of objects inside. They are usually very useful for carrying things by hand, although their load is more limited.
  • Rear rack bags. They are the most common and offer more space than those located in front of the handlebars. It is advisable to carry the heaviest objects in the rear area of the bicycle to prevent the control of the bicycle from becoming difficult and even dangerous. They usually have interior compartments and are waterproof to protect objects from water.

Generally, there are single and double saddlebags. At Santafixie you will find products from the best brands on the market, such as Ortlieb, Restrap, Topeak, Brooks and Urban Proof. Remember that single panniers are ideal for carrying small and light objects, while double panniers are ideal for carrying heavier or bulky loads, as well as for longer trips or journeys.

It is important to choose saddlebags that fit well on your bike's rack and are made of high quality materials. The saddlebags of the brands listed above stand out for being more durable and resistant to adverse weather conditions.

What size luggage bag should I choose?

There are several factors to consider when choosing the size of the bag for our bicycle. These are some of the aspects you should consider to select the most suitable pannier rack:

  • The size of the bicycle. The size of the bag should be proportional to the size of the bike. If the bike is a touring, mountain or even road bike, you may need a larger bag. On the other hand, if you have a folding bike or a children's or youth size bike, you will have to choose a bag adapted to its characteristics.
  • The amount of luggage to be transported. This is another factor to consider when choosing the size of the bag. If you are going on a cyclotourism trip, you may need a larger bag. Double pannier bags are perfect for this. If you're only going to use it for commuting, you might want to go for a smaller one. If this is your case, you should ideally opt for single panniers.
  • Intended use. If you are going to use the bag to carry things on a daily basis, you may need a bag that stands out for its strength and waterproofing. If you use your bike for occasional use, you may want to opt for a smaller one.

How do I install the rack bags on my bike?

Installing rack bags on your bike is a convenient way to carry your gear with you while exercising or commuting on your bike. Follow these steps to install the rack bags:

  1. Start by choosing the right bags for your bike. Make sure they are the right size and fit snugly on the rack.
  2. Place the bags on your bike's luggage rack. They must be securely fastened and must not move during use.
  3. Secure the bags to the rack using straps or tie-down straps that come with them. Adjust the straps so that the bags are securely fastened and do not move.
  4. Load your belongings in the bags in a balanced way, to avoid imbalances or difficulties while cycling. Make sure you do not overload the bags and that the weight distribution is balanced.

By following these steps, you will be able to install the rack bags on your bike quickly and easily. Enjoy your new carrying capacity and travel by bike without worrying about how to transport your belongings!