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Cycling is very liberating, but you can’t always leave it all behind. Sometimes you need to carry something with you. From keeping a flat kit stashed for emergencies to having your cell phone handy, from keeping your work clothes dry and wrinkle-free to trekking cross-country with a month’s supply of gear, from carrying your beach towel to hauling your groceries home… Whatever it is you need to carry on your bike, there is likely a bike bag that exists for it.

At Higher Gear, we chose bike bag manufacturers for their quality products, affordable prices and styles. We offer bags from Banjo Brothers, Specialized and Linus.

When talking bike bags, you’ll hear the word “pannier.” Originally, panniers were baskets carried on either side of a beast of burden. Bicycle panniers are similar in concept. They require the installation of a metal rack over the rear wheel of your bike. (Our mechanics can determine whether your bicycle can support one.) That rack can then accept bags with different sizes, shapes, and functions.


For example, Banjo Brothers makes a one-piece saddlebag pannier that’s perfect for commuting because it comes on and off so quickly and more easily. They also make waterproof panniers for touring and grocery panniers that double as shopping bags.

You can also find more stylish bags that fit on the bike, yet quickly convert to fashionable over-the-shoulder bags or backpacks — perfect for commuting, running errands around town or a day at the beach.

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Higher Gear also offers handlebar bags, seat bags and top tube bags (a/k/a bento box). If there’s a place on your bike for a bag, chances are we’ve already installed one there.


Whatever your pleasure, we have the perfect bag or combination of bags for you. Stop by Higher Gear, and we’ll match you with the perfect bags for your needs.



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