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Bespoke bags carry major payloads

If your bike design (or fashion sense) precludes panniers, a messenger bag is the way to go. Widely accepted as the best in the business, PAC Designs has spent decades figuring out the most comfortable way to carry virtually anything on your back (including small children). The bags are all handmade to order on Manitoulin Island, with a bevy of features and custom options. The larger sizes will gobble up huge grocery runs, among other things, provided you can take the weight. Street Small messenger bag, 13” w. x 12.5” h. x 9” d., $175