Three Choices for Stowing Stuff on Bikes

Stow bags are ideal for carrying your essentials when riding your bike.

Closeup of someone riding a bicycle
Skip the bulky backpack with an easy-access stow bag.Pexels/Film Bros

Your bike togs shed the wind slicker than teflon. Your helmet is streamlined. Your bike itself is the latest aerodynamic design. So how do you carry your belongings without wrecking the whole effect? Clearly, a saddlebag isn’t going to cut it. There are a number of stow bag options that are small and won’t appreciably affect your performance. Consider the size you need, security and convenience in choosing a stow bag for your bike.

Aduro Sport Bicycle Bike Storage Bag Triangle Saddle Frame Pouch for Cycling

Compact Size

This angled option an aerodynamic 10 inches on the sides and 2 inches wide.Aduro Sport

Storage bags or pouches come in different sizes. Look for the capacity to store the things you usually carry when biking—cell phone, keys, bike lock, repair kit, etc. Waterproof fabric is a plus, as are easy-access double zippers.

Bike Phone Front Frame Bag - Waterproof Bicycle Top Tube Cycling Phone Mount Pack Phone Case for 6.5’’ iPhone Plus xs max

Secure Attachment

This bag is firmly held to the bike frame with three Velcro straps.Opamoo

Bikes take a beating even on roads, and the last thing you need is to get back to the parking lot to discover your stow bag—car keys and all inside—fell off somewhere back down the trail. Look for storage bags that feature secure attachments to your bike.

BV Bicycle Strap-On Bike Saddle Bag/Seat Bag/Cycling Bag

Attachment Location

This option conveniently straps on under your seat.BV

Stow bags are designed to fit specific locations on your bike. If you’ll need access to what’s in your bag while riding you’ll want a stow bag mounted within easy reach. You’ll also want it mounted where it won’t interfere with pedaling or normal bike movements.