If you’re going to use a bike for transport on a regular basis, you’ll need to be able to carry things. Your cargo might include a meal, bike tools, work items and a change of clothes. If you think you might need to buy something while you’re in town, you’ll need some spare capacity to take that item home. This means investing in bike luggage.
Many of the bike bags cheaply available online are small, with only enough capacity to carry a handful of items, but if you’re using a bike every day you’ll probably need to carry more than this. Here there are two practical options for bags that attach to a bike: these are pannier bags and a rack pack. Pannier bags mount either side of a rack. A rack pack is a medium-sized bag that sits on top of it.
A frame bag is a small pouch that attaches to the bike’s top tube. It’s useful for small items that you need quick access to such as your phone, keys and multi-tool – items that you might want to keep separate from the rest of your luggage. A storage bottle does the same job but sits in a bottle cage. You could make a storage pod to do the same job.
If you need to move heavy or bulky items it may be worth investing in a bike trailer to tow behind the bike. These vary in size. Small ones can carry a small crate of stuff, the largest ones are equivalent to a car boot. A trailer tends not to affect the handling of the bike, meaning it still corners and balances as normal – but they affect your ability to climb and to accelerate, meaning you’ll be using your low gears more often.