Saddlebags typically connect to your saddle rails and seat post. A saddlebag should be compact, big enough to carry the essentials but not as big as rear racks and panniers. A saddlebag should be discreet, complementing your bicycle as much as can be, and not dangle precariously off the saddle. They should sit tight to the seat post and saddle rails. They typically include two compression straps that pull the seat bag tight to the saddle and two more that pull the bag in towards the seat post. A final compression strap is added to compress the goods to the tip of the bag. Many saddlebags are constructed from abrasion- and water-resistant material to keep your things safe. Reflective detailing and clips for bicycle lights are also common features.
Most people tend to use their saddle bag to carry tools or spares with them in the case of an accident. These items tend to be a bit heavier and bulkier and can be uncomfortable to carry on the person in a jersey pocket. Saddlebags are, in fact, often teamed with jersey pockets to spread the load. You can keep the mid-ride essentials like food and clothing in your jersey pockets and everything else in the saddle bag. You can fill them with an emergency repair kit and leave them on your bicycle all the time. It’s something you should have with you every time you go out and the size and location of a saddle bag mean that it never gets in the way. It’s always there on your bicycle in case you need it and you’ll never forget it.
Saddlebags come in a wide variety of sizes offering ample storage for your cycling essentials. If you are leaving your bicycle in a busy area, a quick release saddlebag is a great idea, preventing any theft.