Photo: Oliver Baker

Louis Garneau Trizone 30 Cycling Bag


$80, Amazon.com

The draw: Compact construction

Thanks to the flat bottom and firm construction of this slick-looking 30-liter bag, it stands up by itself, even when empty. The bag and shoulder straps are both cushioned and ventilated, so it’s comfy to carry when loaded. Our favorite features are the pocket against your back to protect important documents and your ID, Velcro straps to fit a full-size bike pump, and reflective piping and logos to improve visibility. There are no built-in compartments for a helmet or a wetsuit, but it does have two removable bags—one mesh, one waterproof—that act as de facto pockets.

– Transition bag reviews by Bethany Mavis