K so I built a new mountain bike over the winter in hopes of blasting some of the many local trails around my area.
However, with all the rain, the trails are a mess so I have been using the bike primarily for commuting and short tours (50 miles or less)
As such I have decided to equip the bike to make it more commuter friendly.
This included adding fenders, Lights and a decent bag set up.
All of which can be removed at a moments notice when I want to hit the trails.
The bag is a Carradice Nelson and I have to say it is easily one of the best bags I have ever owned.
With the belt latching and securing system on this bag it might not be the thing for the rush-rush type but it all works and should not wear out for a long time.
I built the bag support myself in about 30 minutes using some scrap materials I scrounged at work.
You can buy a bag support for $50 to $80 depending on what you need or want.
by the time I realized I needed it it was too late to order one so I had to whip something up.
The "quick release" for the bag is a coupler one might use on a dog chain or something like that.
I simply hose clamped it to the seat rails.
All in all it is a much lighter and much more reliable system than the seatpost-mounted rack and bag I used for all of a day before deciding it sucked.
Anyway here are the pics.
I have a set of 700c x 40 Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires on the way that I will put on some cheap-ish wheels so I don't wear down my Kenda Small Block 8s before I get to hit the trails.
The smoother road tires should also make the bike roll a little better for my 18.2 mile round trip commute