More bike bag ideas for your adventure ride

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Bike packing bags, are the key to unlocking true weekend riding adventure (Photo: Restrap)
Bike packing bags, are the key to unlocking true weekend riding adventure (Photo: Restrap)

There are some great some local businesses manufacturing bicycle bags here in South Africa. But what about international options? 

The go-to bags for most gravel-bike packers would the saddle bag, handlebar bag, top-tube bag, and frame bag. Or a combo thereof, capacious enough to carry all your kit for rides lasting anything from a single-day outing to more ambitious multi-day adventures.

Started back in 2013, this family-run business is driven by a team of enthusiastic cyclists who use their first-hand experience to develop innovative, expertly made bike packs. 

They have an in-house team of designers and makers at their London headquarters. These designers desire to push the boundaries of bag construction. The result is a range of sleek, lightweight bike packs made of laminate materials and welded seams that are durable and waterproof.

We chatted to East City Cycles in Cape Town – the leading retailer for Apidura in South Africa – to see which bags are best suited and have proved most popular to local gravel riders.

From Apidura’s 'Racing Series' designed specifically for ultra-distance racing, bags in this range are ultralight and waterproof with hi-viz design elements. 

The top tube bag comes in two versions. A bolt-on if your frame has top tube bolt bosses. Or a version with Velcro strapped attachment points reinforced with Hypalon, a durable rubberised nylon. 

It has an innovative magnetic quick-access flip-top opening and its closed-cell foam padding structure protects your frame and electronics on rough gravel roads. Price? R1 295.

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