Top 10 Bike Messenger Bags in 2014

Lots of bike riders carry bags when out cycling, whether just on the office commute or out for a day’s fun. When you have heavy loads to carry, panniers and front baskets have their place, but the ubiquitous messenger bag used by cycle couriers the world over is a good bet for your laptop and all those other little bits and pieces.

A messenger bag looks businesslike and it’s easy and quick to access the contents without taking it off. What’s more, on a hot day you won’t build up so much of a sweat as you would with a rucksack.

Here’s our take on the best messenger bags available at present. 

Timbuk2 Command Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag, Medium, Carbon Full-Cycle Twill

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00E1O4F84″ cloaking=”default” height=”113″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41bBTGxEObL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Timbuk2 Command Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag, Medium, Carbon Full-Cycle Twill[/easyazon_image]This messenger bag is made from durable oxford nylon and feels smooth. It is TSA compliant which means that you can go through airport security without removing your laptop from the bag. The laptop compartment is lined with high density foam and has crater holes which permit easy air circulation. There is a side entry pocket which enables access without unzipping the bag. It is available in three sizes, small, medium and large. Even the small size will just hold a 15” laptop. It takes all iPad models with a smart cover.

Timbuk2 D-Lux Laptop Messenger Bag (Black/Gunmetal, Medium)

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B005HEV56W” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31n0RScYn%2BL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”75″]Timbuk2 D-Lux Laptop Messenger Bag (Black/Gunmetal, Medium)[/easyazon_image]This messenger bag is made from durable ballistic nylon which is weatherproof and will keep your laptop dry. The laptop compartment at the rear unzips for easy travel through airport security. It has foam protection and good ventilation. There is a separate compartment for your iPad or tablet. These can both be accessed without undoing the flap. The bag has a newly designed buckle which avoids having to adjust the fit every time you use it. Simply unclip the cam buckle, put the bag over your shoulder, and then re-lock the cam.

Timbuk2 Commute Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag, Medium, Dusk Blue/Gunmetal/Dusk Blue

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00AYOKT8A” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41fCuQC6mEL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Timbuk2 Commute Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag, Medium, Dusk Blue/Gunmetal/Dusk Blue[/easyazon_image]Another TSA compliant bag which unzips and lies flat so that you don’t have to remove your laptop going through security. There is a separate compartment for your iPad and tablet. Pockets are faux fur lined to keep you iPad and gadgets safe. The shoulder strap is removable so you can use it as a messenger bag or carry as a briefcase. The exterior is of durable ballistic nylon and keeps your contents dry in a drizzle. It also has external water bottle pockets.

5.11 Rush Delivery Messenger Bag (Black, 1 Size)

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B004D1R7VC” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yFpb4SgCL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]5.11 Rush Delivery Messenger Bag (Black, 1 Size)[/easyazon_image]Made of 1050 denier nylon this bag will take a 15” laptop in comfort in the padded internal sleeve. There are two backup belt system pockets (one internal and one external) with zip and velcro fastening which allow you to have your weapon completely concealed, or prepped and not visible. There are two pockets at the ends for water bottles.

There are over 20 organizing pockets fitted.

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag 2013, Indie Plaid/Black, Medium

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00GLLI7X4″ cloaking=”default” height=”133″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41aUSabM2GL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag 2013, Indie Plaid/Black, Medium[/easyazon_image]This has a ballistic nylon exterior and a waterproof TPU liner to keep the contents dry. The front panel has three zippered pockets and there is also a Napoleon side entry pocket.

There are a lot of internal pockets for organizing your iPad, phone, pens, notebooks and more. It also has an internal slash pocket.

UTG Multi-functional Tactical Messenger Bag – Dark Earth

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Ogio Midtown Women’s Laptop/Tablet Messenger Bag (Terra, Medium)

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B0076D0JLY” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/311vy3DHYxL._SL160_.jpg” popups=”default” tag=”bestcommuterbike-20″ width=”160″]Ogio Midtown Women’s Laptop/Tablet Messenger Bag (Terra, Medium)[/easyazon_image]This is made of nylon and has a compartment for your laptop that the makers say fits a 15” laptop. However, users say that it will take a 16” laptop with no problem. Available in black and seven other colors. The laptop compartment is fleece lined for protection and has an elastic closure. The shoulder strap is fully adjustable for a comfortable fit and the back panel is quilted. The back pocket will hold most iPads, tablets and Kindles.

JanSport Elefunk Bag, Black/White/Fluorescent Pink

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Comments

  1. Since you only have 8 listed, I don’t go anywhere without my Rickshaw Bagworks commuter bag. Rickshaw has great products and are 100% made in the USA.

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