Check out Café du Cycliste's suave and practical new range of bikepacking bags

Café du Cycliste Bike Packing Collection
The Café du Cycliste Bike Packing Collection on a gravel bike (Image credit: Café du Cycliste)

Founded in 2009 by Remi Clermont and Andre Stewart, the performance-wear label Café du Cycliste is well known for creating some of the best cycling apparel with an added French twist. The brand has now taken its first foray into the bikepacking bags market with a range of bags designed to carry riders and their essential cargo in style. The new Café du Cycliste lineup includes top tube, frame, saddle, tool and handlebar bags.

As with all the Café du Cycliste kit, like their recently released hiking inspired Outland gravel shoe, these bags look so good you may be reluctant to use them on your wet and muddy gravel adventures. However, they aren't all about appearance, Café du Cycliste say they also pack a spec to back up the looks and should deliver everything required for the best gravel bike adventures, and we had a delve into the new range to see what they are all about.

A gravel bike rider with the Café du Cycliste Bike Packing Collection

The Café du Cycliste Bikepacking Collection looks super stylish (Image credit: Café du Cycliste)

Handlebar Pouch Bag

First up in the range is the fully waterproof Handlebar Pouch that is designed to carry your essentials on short escapades into the wilderness or for one-day local spins. The 2-liter capacity provides enough space for carrying tools, a rain jacket, snacks and valuables. With heat-sealed seams and AquaGuard YKK zips, your essentials should stay dry and secure, and Café du Cycliste says the pouch is easily accessible whilst on the move.

The Handlebar Pouch attaches with three fixture points at the handlebars and the headset/steering tube for secure mounting and should stay in place even when fully loaded on the trails. Quick-release buckles also make for easy attachment and release, and the pouch can be clipped handily onto other luggage when not on the bike. Unlike the rest of the range, this bag comes in Black with White branding, and the other bags in the collection come in an on-trend Khaki.

Details on the Café du Cycliste Handlebar Pouch

The Handlebar Pouch comes in Black coloring unlike the Khaki Green on the other items (Image credit: Café du Cycliste)

Top Tube Bag

The internal capacity of 1.5 liters on the top tube bag is said to offer practical and easily accessible storage space. It also has a rigid construction to hold its shape, with an aerodynamic, low-profile design. Attached using three fixing points that use large velcro straps it should offer plenty of stability, and they say the compact size of 10x37x5cm will cause no negative impact, like knee rub while riding.

Again, it is constructed with a fully waterproof fabric, heat-sealed seams and the AquaGuard YKK zips, keeping contents protected. The Top Tube Bag comes in the as-mentioned on-trend color of Khaki Green with Black logos and Orange zipper pullers.

Café du Cycliste Top Tube bag details

All the range features the Café du Cycliste recognizable branding (Image credit: Café du Cycliste)

Frame Bag

The Frame Bag also comes in the same styling of Khaki Green with Black logos and Orange zipper pullers, with a large 4-liter capacity. Café du Cycliste says it will easily carry a weekend’s worth of kit alongside other tools and essentials. The left-hand side has a small zipped compartment for valuables, whilst the right-side zipper allows access to the larger volume storage space that has a divider space for other those who like to be organized. There is also an opening at the front near the steerer to run a charging cable for your lights or GPS/Phone or a hose to a hydration bladder.

Like the rest of the collection, it's fully waterproof with welded seams to keep belongings dry around the clock. The bag should be easy to attach and release, with binding to secure to the top and downtubes using large Velcro straps, designed to fit snugly into all frame geometries with minimal movement whilst riding. 

The Café du Cycliste Frame Bag in Khaki Green

Like the entire collection the Frame Bag is fully waterproof with heat welded seams (Image credit: Café du Cycliste)

 Bike Packing Saddle Bag

Designed for the best bikepacking adventures, the Saddle Pack has a whopping 10-liter capacity, that Café du Cycliste claim will easily take a single-person bivy, camping mat or lightweight sleeping bag, and still have the capacity for other smaller items of clothing and essentials. 

The Saddle Bag features a robust shell outer section with an inner removable dry bag designed to keep belongings protected and easily accessible. The inner dry bag also features a compression valve to release air once belongings are packed allowing it to securely fit into the outer shell section.

The pack attaches to the seat-post with large nylon and Velcro straps with reinforced anti-vibration webbing and has a carabiner-style clip on the outside to attach the essential camping mug. The pack is claimed to have minimal movement whilst riding and has a quick-release clip on the saddle-rail strap to offer easy attachment and release. Handily the inner dry-bag part of the pack can be clipped over the shoulder or onto other luggage when not on the bike.

Details on the Café du Cycliste Bike Saddle Bag

The Saddle Bag has capacity for a single-person bivy camping set-up (Image credit: Café du Cycliste)

Tool Saddle Bag

Finally, the minimalist under-saddle Tool Saddle Bag has a 0.5-liter capacity and fits perfectly underneath the saddle, binding securely and snugly with a single durable velcro strap. It has plenty of space for on-the-go maintenance and will easily carry an inner tube, tire levers, multi-tool and CO2 inflator canister. 

Details on the Café du Cycliste Tool Bag

The Tool Saddle Bag has a 0.5-liter capacity (Image credit: Café du Cycliste)

Pricing and availability

The entire collection is available now from Café Du Cycliste with some items in the collection showing as already out of stock on the Café Du Cycliste website. The items available are the Frame Bag at $130 / £98 / €100, the Saddle Bag at $221 / £167 / €170, and the Tool Bag at $59 / £44 / €45. Find all the information on the collection and all things Café du Cycliste at Cafeducycliste.com.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm