Despite what Rule 29 says, saddle bags DO have their place. Clif bars are bulky things, puncture repair kits aren’t as small as you think, and you don’t want to stretch out your beautiful new merino jersey by cramming it full of the stuff that, let’s be honest, you don’t really need but you’ll be bringing along anyway. Because it may be January, but the sun could possibly get strong enough to give burn you. You need that suncream, right?
Anyway. Here’s our varying saddle bag picks. We’ve concentrated on smaller ones here, but don’t forget that there are many large saddle bags (and saddle bags and pannier sets) designed for cycle touring as well. These bad boys, however, are more suited to a sportive.