The humble musette. Once upon a time it was a mainstay of Le Tour de France – often filled with enough wine and chicken to keep a young rider sustained over a stage. But now you’re more likely to find the pros using convoluted contraptions like this water bottle vest, while the musette has been relegated to tweed runs and other nostalgic events.
But musettes are actually fantastic. They sit well on the shoulder and are an ideal shape for cycling (they also work great if you ever engage in a bit of skateboarding, by the way). But whereas previously they were made of cotton, now a number of more heavy-duty options are available so you can really make use of this classic design. They’re perfect for a short ride into town, with enough integrity to carry a lock, multitool, and purse. Because sometimes that gigantic rucksack is just too much to face.