A look beyond the usual suspects
Baggage Claim: 10 Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag
Once you’ve got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities — phone, laptop, lock, multi-tool, patch kit, tire levers and spare clothes should do it — and, beyond that, meets specific personal work- or looks-related criteria. Since there are many bags that are both functional and good-looking, the next thing to consider is the style of bag. Do you need a backpack, messenger or something else entirely? This roundup offers all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks that reflects their versatility on and off the bike.