While some people can make a traditional bike basket look good, the majority of us would prefer something a bit more low-key.
Consider Planet Bike's Big and Little Buddy saddle packs as a modern solution. Available in large (Big Buddy) and small (Little Buddy) sizes, they strap to the back of your bike's seat for easy, low-profile storage. They're also portable, so you can easily attach and remove each pack quickly by unhooking the straps.
The Buddy pack style has a surprising amount of storage space to fit trip essentials such as a phone, keys and snacks.
The Big Buddy provides 80 cubic inches of space, while the Little Buddy offers 44 cubic inches. Each pack has a white liner and a diagonal zipper which allow you to see and easily access its contents. The interior is also padded to keep stuff safe.
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The Buddy pack is black and includes nighttime-visibility features such as reflective piping around the outside and a strap to hold an LED tail light. It's also easy to install -- no tools necessary. Just connect the hook-and-loop straps around the seat.
Price is $17.99 for the Big Buddy (80 cubic inches) and $16.99 for the Little Buddy.
To purchase or find a store near you, go to www.planetbike.com.