The Best Budget Commuter Bags

Those of you who pedal to work know that the time on the bike is the best part of the day. Of course, it helps if you have the right gear. That's why we’ve gathered five of the most well-reviewed commuter bags on the internet, and they’re all under $100.

The North Face Pivoter ($80)

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(Courtesy The North Face)

This 27-liter backpack has a padded laptop sleeve and exterior bottle pockets (two musts for any commuter bag in our opinion) but we love it because it has a separate compartment for your gym clothes or your sweaty bike kit that you shed after arriving at the office.  

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Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Messenger ($90)

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(Courtesy Herschel)

The Pop Quiz is a straightforward messenger without a lot of frills, but you get a 15-inch padded laptop sleeve, organization pocket, and 15-liters of space for sundries. We dig the stabilizing strap that keeps the bag in place when you’re on the bike.

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Timbuk2 Spire Laptop Backpack ($75)

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(Courtesy Timbuk2)

Timbuk2 built this pack specifically for Apple lovers, with sleeves designed to fit the iPhone, iPad and 15-inch MacBook. Lots of other details complete the packaged, like a waterproof TPU/canvas build, daisy chain webbing that fits a U-lock or helmet, and Napoleon pocket that offers easy access to your wallet.

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Osprey Flapjack Courier ($100)

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(Courtesy Osprey)

This 20-liter messenger carries well on the bike, thanks to the substantial shoulder strap and stabilizing strap, and has a padded sleeve for a 15-inch laptop, side bottle holder, hidden rear pocket and easy-access front pocket. Once you get to the office, hide the strap and carry it like a briefcase with the top handle. Because you’re a professional.

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Dakine Duel ($75)

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(Courtesy Dakine)

Dakine makes a whole line of commuter-friendly packs, but we like the 26-liter Duel for its retro styling, exterior load straps (good for a jacket, bike lock or skateboard) and simple organization pocket. There’s even a built-in insulated cooler pouch for your lunch, or post-work beverage.

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