Cycle Panniers and Racks
Bike Pannier Bags Pannier bike bags attach to a rack on the front or rear of a bike and are the most convenient way of carrying anything while cycling. They are made from heavy duty nylon or similar with more specialist bags being fully waterproof and more robust for longer adventures. Available in single or double sets in different sizes and styles to suit all needs and budgets. Merlin Cycles stock a range of bike pannier bags from two of the best brands in the business – Topeak and Altura.
Bike Seat Packs Seat packs are small packs of varying size which sit under the saddle and are a very convenient way to carry spare tubes or tools. They are securely attached with Velcro straps or a dedicated locking attachment to the saddle rails and seatpost. Larger seat packs with a specific rack which attaches to the seatpost are also available for larger loads. Merlin Cycles stock a wide range of bike seat packs from brands including Fizik, BBB, Arundel, Altura, Fizik, Topeak, Lezyne and Scicon.
Bike Top Tube & Energy Bags Top tube bags sit at the junction with the head tube allowing all your nutrition to be stored in a convenient place. The bags attach with Velcro straps making them easy to install and keeps them and contents secure. Carry your phone or bank cards in a protective case which provides protection from the elements but still allows the hone to be used without removal. Merlin Cycles stock a range of top tube and energy bags from brands including Lezyne, Topeak and Zipp.
Bike Pannier Racks Pannier racks attach to the rear and/or front of the bike enabling pannier bags to be carried. They are available in a multitude of shapes and sizes but all follow the same basic pattern. Use will determine model needed with heavy duty touring racks being more robust than those used for light loads. Bikes must have mudguard or rack eyelets for attachment otherwise a seatpost rack must be used instead. Merlin Cycles stock a range of bike pannier racks from brands Topeak and Tortec.
Bike Bags and Backpacks Messenger bags are ideal for carrying smaller items and laptops as they are padded, waterproof, and sit comfortably and securely against the body with an across the shoulder strap. For slightly bulkier items cycling specific backpacks are better and are crammed with features to make them more comfortable while riding. Cycling specific kitbags are also packed with ingenious features making packing and transportation easier. Merlin Cycles stock a range of bike bags and backpacks from brands including RSP, Topeak, Lezyne and Ogio.