Bike panniers are a specialised form of rack bag for cycles which let you leave the backpack at home and let you put all of your energy into pedalling. Perfect for long distance cruises or regular trips to and from work, you can choose from a diverse selection of panniers for bikes at varying price points. Traditionally bicycle panniers are intended to hang down at the rear of your bike, allowing you to make the most out of the available space and carry plenty of extra luggage and equipment with you. There are a number of top manufacturers who produce bike panniers and you can pick from many different colours and designs as well as capacities and materials.
Even the most affordable bicycle panniers will be able to deliver water repellence thanks to special treatments applied to the fabric. Of course the more expensive options will feature space-age fibres that naturally keep moisture at bay for longer lasting protection. While material and price is important, you also need to think about the amount of storage space you are getting and how easy it will be to access your essential items while you are in the saddle. Many panniers come with top mounted pouches into which you can put the things you will be reaching for most regularly, which will save roadside fumbling.
Some panniers come with hybrid top trunks which sit on the bike rack itself and allow for even more interior room and increased ease of installation, which may appeal to certain riders.