As the name implies, these not only wrap around your hips, but they are square enough to be hip! Also once known as fanny packs, the hip packs from Granite Gear keep your essential goods near you without the necessity for an entire backpack. If you've got just a few things to carry, like a wallet and keys, a hip pack is a great place to stash them. The Hip Wing model is a small thing at a small price and will conceal your goods while keeping your body free to cycle. The Swift and Skylark models will hold a bit more, feature an external pocket, and add a bit of padding.
Granite Gear is best known for their amazing backpacks, designed to fit all sorts of needs. For the biker, it is pretty important to keep it small, light, and well-fitting. Since most of the backpacks are designed for long hikes or overnight trips, consider going with one of their smaller models. They are still incredibly lightweight, mostly between one and two pounds, but are designed to hold more goodies than you would expect. Check out the Cayenne model, which is supported by framework that keeps the weight off your back, while maximizing coolness. Also, it has a built-in rain fly, which is crucial for biking around rainy regions. Almost all of their backpacks feature a hydration port and sleeve, which is always important for the thirsty biker.
If you're planning to ride with a bit of gear, you may want to stash it on your rack. Bungee down a Zipp Sack for a space saving place to store clothes, books, and more. The nylon Zipp Sacks come in several sizes and colors, all of which will fit nicely on most any rack. For a few dollars more, upgrade to the Air Zipp Sack, which is made out of nylon Cordura, making the bag waterproof as well as translucent, so your enclosed items are visible and easily organized. Even the zipper features waterproofing technology. This will keep your items dry and safe as they take a ride on the back of your bike.
For the hiker biker, compression stuff sacks are essential to squeeze your sleeping bag down to size, making it manageable to transport. The Air Compressor model is their lightest stuff sack, and is sure to cinch up your clothes, tent, or sleeping bag. Granite Gear's drawcord stuff sacks are designed to fit camping gear, or whatever small odds and ends you are carrying that require some organization. The Air Pair is a double sided stuff sack that allows you to organize to the max. Get your gear organized and compressed and you will be set for the bike lane, trail, or highway!