Saddle bags were indispensible to cowboys in the Wild West and they are equally important to modern day cyclists, whether you are heading out on your daily commute or cycling long distances for training or leisure. Bike saddle bags come in different shapes and sizes, with some designed to deliver excellent aerodynamic performance which will not hinder the speed or handling of your cycle while others are larger and more practical for storing your precious items and perhaps a packed lunch.
Cycle saddle bags can also come in a variety of styles, with some finished in a hard wearing rigid case while others are made with rugged material padded with foam for added protection. You will also find that a bicycle saddle bag may not necessarily come with its own method for attachment. You can buy separate mounting kits to get you underway, while others will simply latch on using straps, which makes them quick to install and secure enough for most purposes.
There are more specialised products within this already niche range of items, including a number of MTB saddle bag options for those who are going to be taking their bike off the beaten path and want something that can take as much punishment as mother nature is ready to dish out. The best will have reflective elements to keep you visible in darker conditions and secure fasteners using zips which will not leave your belongings strewn in your wake. While waterproofing is not universal, you can expect most bags to be splash-proof.