Touring - Carradice saddle bags where to buy?
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Who sells affordable Carradice saddle bags? While I'm at it, I was looking for a small to med saddle bag to attach to my trusty Brooks. The bag doesn't have to be very big. Just enough to fit a jacket and some extras while on club rides or some metrics. Would I need a rack for the larger Carradice bags or will they clear my rear wheel without? Thanks
I don't know about affordable.. heck, if you can find a place in the USA that sells Carradice bags cheaply, I'd like to know.
I bought my set of Carradice bags from Wallingford Bike, aka:
I have a set of Super C rear bags (huge) and a smaller set of
the front Carradice bags (forget the name right now).
These aren't saddlebags though and a regular pannier...
I use a Old Man Mountain Red Rocks (with the third stay) on the back to tour and commute on. I would suggest with as large a bag as the Super C, that the third support leg is very useful. However, not really for commuting sized loads, unless you need to carry a lot in your commute. I don't and typically only use one Super C to commute with and put the other one on if I need to stop for groceries or for touring.
10-24-05, 01:04 PM
A bought a carradice style bag from Rivendell. Not exactly 'cheap' though. Affordable, depends on how long it lasts...
10-24-05, 08:06 PM
Best deals on this stuff is to order it from St. John Street Cycles (http://www.sjscycles.com) in England. It only takes about five days for the stuff to arrive in the US and the prices are significantly lower than any of the US sources.
I've bought a bunch of stuff from them and every transaction was easy and painless.
10-24-05, 09:19 PM
In addition to SJS (best prices) and Wallingford, you can get them from both Harris Cyclery http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/bags/carradice.html and Peter White Cycles http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/carradice.asp (good info on the bags here). I've got a Barley myself, it easily accomodates my tools. spare tube, patch kit, spare batteries, first aid kit, jacket, rain pants, etc, and even my Road Morph in the straps (haven't tried fitting it inside as you suggested yet Michael). I don't use a bagman rack for my Barley, but it will give you a better angle and is a must for the larger bags.
I see you are here in my neck of the woods...any plans on riding the Red Flannel?
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