Life in the Saddle

I am Tim Wiggins, an endurance cyclist, involved in all aspects of the sport: from long distance bike touring, to multi-day road races.

Bags are a natural part of touring, travelling and racing on a bike: you need them to carry kit both on and off the bike.

In addition to bag reviews, I also review an extensive range of cycling products.

What kind of bags do you review?

I review all kinds of bags: from carry-on luggage, to bike saddlebags, and bike carry bags.

I have been reviewing for 8+ years to date, and must have reviewed several dozen bags during this time.

Most of the time brands send me a sample of the product, I test it, and then pass it onto a friend or family member when I have finished testing it.

I stay up to date through press-releases and trade shows.

How do you review the bags?

I generally test products for at least a month before I review them.

I look in particular at quality, durability, and functionality; as these are the most important aspects for cyclists doing long miles and long travel. I tend to focus less on style, although I do consider how products look and appear to others.

What are your favorite bags?

My favourite rucksacks and luggage are mostly from Thule; the quality is superb, and the brand always seems to deliver innovative and interesting products.

My every day carry is a Thule Commuter Rucksack. It is a good size for general use, it is fully waterproof, and it has innovative features like a built in sunglasses case.

I always carry a phone, a Bellroy wallet, sunglasses, a power pack, a lightweight down jacket, and a beanie (even in summer!).

How do people use your reviews?

I hope that people consider my reviews when they are looking for their next bag purchase.

I only review products that I would recommend (if I don’t like the product, I don’t write a review, but I feedback my thoughts to the brand). Therefore, I would hope that after reading my reviews people are interested in purchasing the product, if the description relates well to what they are looking for.




Featured Life In The Saddle Reviews


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Thule Crossover

Review posted 8 February 2018 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Vea

Review posted 1 October 2017 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Scicon Aerocomfort

Review posted 20 August 2017 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Legend

Review posted 20 April 2017 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Crossover

Review posted 9 April 2017 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Stir

Review posted 22 November 2016 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Stir

Review posted 4 August 2016 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Pack n Pedal

Review posted 18 July 2016 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Paramount

Review posted 18 April 2016 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Pack n Pedal

Review posted 1 November 2015 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review


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Thule Pack n Pedal

Review posted 21 February 2015 by Tim Wiggins - Read full review



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