Best Cycling Bike Gifts: Bags

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Welcome to the RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks, and be sure to head back to the RoadBikeReview 2011 Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.

Cycling bags gift ideas- These are just a few bag suggestions for the dedicated cyclist on your list. These bags should make it easier for anyone wanting to ride their bike more while keeping the car parked at home. If you have a bag suggestion, please post them in the comments, we’ll add the best suggestions to the list!

Timbuk2 Tandem Pannier

These two super-durable saddlebag panniers magically transform into a single shoulder bag, thanks to built-in magnets. All traces of pannier-ness disappear with tuck-away attachment clips, while a 15″ laptop pocket makes every commute a beaut. And while it’s not technically “waterproof” because you can’t submerge it in a pool, its fabric-backed tarpaulin fabric makes it super duper water resistant.

Key Features:
• Saddlebag pannier with built-in magnets that clip together for a slim profile carried off-bike.
• Low profile stretch pocket that fits most 15″ laptops.
• Waterproof and durable fabric makes this extremely water and road grime resistant.
• Anodized aluminum pannier clips attach easily to your bike and tuck away when not in use.
• Reflective vista loops for night riding
• Comes with a removable shoulder strap for an easy transition from riding to walking.

MSRP: $120

Website: http://www.timbuk2.com/

Mission Workshop Vandal

The right bag can make all the difference, and there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to on the bike bags. For the hardcore urban biker, there is no substitute for the versatile and compact challenged Mission Workshop Vandal. It’s hugely expandable, quickly doubling in size from 1,800 cu.in. to 4,000 cu.in. With urethane coated zippers, carbon fiber reinforced internal frame suspension system, waterproof materials, and weather sealed cargo compartments it allows the rider to carry anything and everything.

Features:
• 3 weatherproof compartments
• 2 external accessory pockets
• Expanding cargo compartment
• Messenger bag durability
• Water-resistant urethane coated zippers
• Rugged internal frame
• Made in America with a lifetime warranty

MSRP: $279

Website: http://www.missionworkshop.com/

Chrome Niko

For the dedicated shutterbug rider on your list, the Chrome offers the Niko, a weatherproof padded camera bag with Chrome’s iconic quick release buckle. The Niko allows quick access to your camera and gear through a top-loading camera compartment. As with most Chrome products, the Niko is guaranteed for life. The Niko was first introduced earlier this summer and sold out quickly. Chrome has resupplied and the Niko is available now on their website, chromebags.com.

Key Features:
- Large zip around opening and customizable main compartment for organizing lenses, flash and other equipment
- Iconic quick release buckle with integrated bottle opener
- Velcro tripod straps
- Fabrication: Weatherproof 1000 denier nylon outer shell, Weatherproof military grade 18 oz. truck tarpaulin liner with 400 denier nylon interior facing, Nylon 69 thread, and waterproof urethane YKK zippers
- Dimensions: 15.5” wide, 9” high, 6.25” deep

MSRP: $95.00

Website: http://www.chromebags.com



About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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