It can be hard to keep track of all of your cycling gear when you head out for a ride. Whether you are rolling out your front door, or driving to a trailhead, there is nothing worse than being about to start your ride, only to realize that you have forgotten your cycling shoes, helmet, or maybe your lock or lights. No matter what kind of riding you do—road, mountain, commuting, and beyond—good organization is crucial to be sure you have all the comfort and safety gear you need. For whatever kind of rider you are, the Thule Roundtrip Bike Duffel can help.
This duffel makes sure you spend more time pedaling than looking for the gear you need to start your ride. While other duffels, especially those as large as the Roundtrip (55L) can feel like bottomless pits, the Thule stays organized. The main compartment is divided into an open space for your helmet—be it a streamlined road helmet, a round commuter, or a full-face downhill helmet—and a removable internal organizer of triangles, organized sort of like a honeycomb. Each of these pockets is perfect for sliding in a water bottle, a rolled up chamois, jersey, or raincoat. It’s easy to see where your things are, and be sure, with just a glance, that you have everything you need. It’s enough room for a few days of riding, or your whole wardrobe’s worth of kits, and it even has a padded pocket for your sunglasses.
This bag also has additional intelligently designed storage for the things that all cyclists need. When your shoes get muddy, or smell a bit funky, an exterior tarpaulin lined shoe pocket ensures that the mess and funk stay in one easy to clean place, without bleeding into your clean gear. There is also an interior tarpaulin lined pocket on the lid of the duffle designed for your dirty riding clothes so they don’t spread their funk to the rest of your clean gear.
For the rest of your small gear, like CO2 canisters, tools, pumps, tubes, snacks and whatever else you like to keep with your riding gear, there is an external side pocket lined with smaller interior pockets and rows of elastic straps for organizing everything you need.
This organization system makes the bag perfect as an in-house storage solution. You can load it up with all of your cycling gear and toss it on a shelf in the garage or at the bottom of your closet. You’ll always have everything you need together. If you do want to load the bag up and take it into your car for a day trip to a trailhead, or a weekend riding excursion, the bag is also supremely easy to transport.
The Roundtrip’s crossbody shoulder strap keeps the bag tight to your back as you walk, or even ride with it. The bag also has a central handle on the lid of the duffel as well as a handle on each end for carrying and tossing in the bed of trucks.
Thule’s Roundtrip Duffel is a great solution for a variety of cycling disciplines, at-home storage, and riding excursions. It holds an incredible amount of riding gear in an easy to find way, keeps your cleans and dirties separate, and gives you space to store all the small and large things you need to ride. It’s a revelation for organization, storage, transportation and riding readiness.
$130; 2 colors; thule.com