One of the fun ways to work more riding into a busy schedule is by running errands on your bike. Whether it's a weekend trip to the farmers market, or picking up a few essentials, urban bike bags makes these errands very feasible. They are designed to easily mount on your bicycle’s rear rack, and include features like pockets for wallets and keys, and handles and shoulder straps that make them useful off the bike and in the store.
Urban bags typically have fewer pockets and compartments than bicycle touring panniers. Another common feature on urban bags are flaps to cover the bicycle mounting hardware during off the bike use,also a handy feature for the bike commuter heading into the office.
This year Bicycle Garage Indy features urban bike bags from Arkel, Blackburn Design, Bontrager, and Koki.
Arkel Bags are known for their rugged design, attention to detail and coast-to-coast ride durability. This year we feature their new waterproof Signature V Urban Pannier ($149.99). It can hold a full size grocery bag, has a padded laptop/tablet sleeve, and a roll-top closure. It mounts on your bike with Arkel’s Cam-Lock system for secure piece of mind, with a simple single pull quick-release mechanism.
Blackburn Design introduced their Interlock line of urban bags last year. The open-top Local Grocery ($44.99, one side) holds a full grocery bag, includes a shoulder strap, and folds flat when empty. For the commuter, the Local Rear ($54.99, one side) includes reflective printing, strap down closure flap, and shoulder strap. It’s ideal for short commutes or trip to the library. The Local Saddle Bag ($64.99) has the twice the capacity of the Local Rear, and easily mounts by hanging over the rear rack. For a more stylish flair, the Central Shopper ($69.99, one side) has a tweed like finish for the office, with reflective accents for the ride home.
Bontrager, Trek’s in-house brand, has two urban bags, both grocery bag sized. The open top Town Shopper Small ($49.99, one side) or the zip-and-roll closure Town Shopper Large ($69.99, one side). We are offering these bags in bright yellow or black, and both have built-in handles an loops for mounting flashing lights. The Large also includes interior and exterior small item pockets.
Koki (pronounced "cookie") offers something completely different in their UP-1 Urban Bike Tote ($44.99 single bag) and UP-2 ($54.99 – double bag). These bags are made in the Philippines from a mix of new fabric and repurposed polypropylene (a canvas-like synthetic) rice bags, making each bag colorfully unique. The UP-1 mount to your rear rack with spring-locking hooks, and the UP-2 is a drape-over saddlebag. You can learn more about Koki upcycled chic on their website.
All the bags described here require a rear rack, sold separately. Bicycle Garage Indy offers bicycle racks to fit almost any bike from Blackburn and Bontrager to fit almost any bike from, starting at $44.99, along with hundreds of bicycle accesories for all types of riding.
Bicycle Garage Indy has three locations to serve you; Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, in the Dean Road at 82nd St.), Greenwwood (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd), and the Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA at City Market.
– Jay Hardcastle
Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness