How to Choose: Finding the Perfect Commuting Backpack

You’ll soon find out that a professional backpack is the best choice for bike commuting.

But wait… Yes, the amount of options seems endless. But here are some key features to find the best fit for you.

Basically you have two options on the market. Backpacks made for cycling purposes and these made for office work. Both have their advantages. So the first step is do define closely the purpose of your backpack. 

Ninjas hide their equipment… They don’t carry their swords at sight, as the Samurai do. They carry it on the back.

When I first started to bike commuting, my needs were basically centered on cycling stuff and food. I started with a basic hiking rucksack…It didn’t work bad. But it didn’t fit my commuting needs completely. While it had enough space and was light, It wasn’t designed to carry working equipments or documents. It wasn’t made either for carrying cycling equipment like a bike helmet. And its bright colors didn’t fit too much in a office environment.

I soon changed to a slim, black cycling backpack. This one had a pretty nice feature: The helmet could be stored in special outside pocket.

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One of my commuting backpacks – This one has a pocket for bike helmets 

This backpack was pretty nice, but over time one of the zippers got broken. I also was a bit worried about traffic safety, so I started to research about intersting alternatives.

My choice?

A Proviz Reflect360 Cycling Backpack…

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My cycling and commuting backpack – Proviz Reflect360 Cycling Backpack 

It material is incredibly reflective in the darkness, but a decent fit for formal meetings!  And it adds some pretty nice features for commuting ninjas: 

  • Lightweight
  • Water tight zippers
  • Washable
  • Posibility to put extra leds on it
  • Comfortable
  • Pockets for the small stuff
  • Compartments for PC / documents

The fabric works perfectly fine… Just a few bruises and scratches due to heavy duty use. The strap for the led light broke of when I got stuck with the led light on a door…So if you want to fix an additional LED light just use the second handle of the backpack. The LED light won’t stick out.

I use one of two small extra LED-lights. They are small, rechargeable vía USB, and have a powerful light that does not glare.

The backpack has a huge packing capacity, that I’ve fully used One afternoon I’ve had to transport spray cans…

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This is not what I carry usually 😉

Yes! Urban Bike Ninja loves urban art. It is great to explore and enjoy urban art on bike commutes. 

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Rufo Milfuegos at work

The backpack surprised me once more… A carry capacity of … spray cans is awesome and way big enough for most demanding office days. And yes, your gym stuff also fits in. The backpack also has external pockets to store your wet shirts…

And it was comfortable to ride with the backpack even at full load.

A great choice!