Tired of showing up to the office with a sweaty back after your bike commute or wearing a hydration pack during the dog days of summer? Two companies, PCYCH and Hydrathon have created frame bike bags that let your bike, not your back, do all the heavy lifting.
PCYCH's frame bike bag attachment system does not rely on the bike frame for support so can work with practically any style of bike. Instead, the bike bag is tightly suspended like a hammock between the steering column and the seat post. Simply wrap one of the integrated, shock absorbing, ladder straps around each point and away you go.
The PCYCH frame bike bags come in three different styles: Commuter-Urban Utility, Trail-Cross Country and X-Treme Performance. The PCYCH Commuter features a padded pocket that fits up to a 16" laptop and an insulated HYDRATOR sleeve on the other side. The frame bike bag converts into a messenger bag with a padded shoulder strap so you can take it along with you at your destination.
The PCYCH Trail bike bag is built for cross country travel and fits two 50 oz. hydration reservoirs in insulated sleeves. The bag has enough room for your spare tubes, CO2 cans, toolkit, phone, snacks, and extra layers. Finally the PCYCH X-Treme is a streamlined version that uses a criss-cross seat post strap to eliminate any contact with your legs.
The PCYCH frame bike bags retail for $99.99 – $149.99 and can be bought from the company website.
The Hydrathon frame bike bag is perfect for riding in hotter climates or at higher altitudes were more water is required than you are capable of carrying in bottles or comfortably on your back. The bike bag houses two separate insulated 1L reservoirs with their own drinking tubes and finger shut off valves.
The Hydrathon bag attaches to your bike via full perimeter, seat-tube and down-tube velcro closures. With an additional 200 cubic inches of cargo space, you will be able to carry all the gear you need for the day. The Hydrathon frame bike bag not only straddles over your bike but has straps that release so you can wear it as a backpack when not riding.
The Hydrathon bike bag retails for $65 and can be purchased on the company website.