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Old 06-02-14, 11:47 AM   #1
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A good frame bag

I just got a trek 7.2 fx and will be riding it to work and with the wife recreationally. I am looking for a good bag that will hold my wallet, phone, and Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (17-Function). I have been looking at the Bontrager Shoulder Holder but am not sure if it's big enough. Any other suggestions for something like this? Thanks!
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Old 06-02-14, 12:10 PM   #2
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Amazon.com : Ibera Bicycle Triangle Frame Bag : Sports & Outdoors

I have this in the large size, and it is big enough to fit a folded change of clothes and several other smaller items. Your needs would probably call for the medium. It's well constructed and has two extra pockets, one on the outside and one zippered on the inside for smaller items. It's easy to install and remove as well.

Amazon.com : Timbuk2 Seat Pack XT : Bike Seat Packs : Sports & Outdoors

However, for how small your items are, you could probably get away with a small saddle bag. I have the one linked above in the medium size, it's enough for a spare tube, tire levers, 2 CO2 cartriges, patch kit, and a few other tiny parts like allen wrench etc. It also has a handy clip on the inside flap for keys.
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Old 06-02-14, 01:07 PM   #3
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I really like the one I have from Nashbar: Nashbar Frame Pack Bag - Normal Shipping Ground
Works good for a few tools and spare tube.


It is a good alternative to a seat bag. Any reason why you want a frame bag rather than an under the seat bag?


I also have one of these for times when I have to carry stuff but don’t want panniers (very well designed and made bag:
Revelate Designs Tangle Frame Pack | Bike Bag


And J&D makes a good (more basic, less expensive) alternative.
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Another option:
Frame Pack, Medium | Banjo Brothers
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Old 06-02-14, 01:09 PM   #4
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Thank you for your suggestions. I just don't like the look of the under the seat bags.
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Old 06-02-14, 02:01 PM   #5
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The Revelate Designs Tangle is a great bag. It holds an immense amount of stuff, including a decent size pump.
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The Revelate Designs Tangle is a great bag. It holds an immense amount of stuff, including a decent size pump.
And comes in 3 sizes. 4 to 6" high and 17-26" long.
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Thank you for your suggestions. I just don't like the look of the under the seat bags.
That nashbar frame bag I linked to above would be perfect for you given your tastes, and it is only $10.
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I use this: Amazon.com : Triangle Bicycle Cycling Bike Bag Beams Frame for Tripod Phone Tools Wallet Kit : Bike Handlebar Bags : Sports & Outdoors

Cheap, though it is no longer available. Holds my wallet, keys and ID badge no problem.

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Depending on your cockpit layout, one of the mini handlebar packs that basically rests on top of the stem could also be an option. Potential plus is being able to access it while underway.
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Depending on your cockpit layout, one of the mini handlebar packs that basically rests on top of the stem could also be an option. Potential plus is being able to access it while underway.
I use a version of Smart Bag Granfondo Series Bags Products Axiom Performance Gear that has 2 pockets that would hold the things you're looking to carry, and find being able to carry my phone where I can easily access it really handy.
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Old 06-02-14, 08:14 PM   #12
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I ended up going to the local bike shop and it changed my mind about what kind of bag I wanted. I ended up getting a Jandd Mountain Wedge II. It sits right below the seat and isn't too big and ugly. The triangle frame bags were just too small width wise. Thanks for all of the suggestions you gave.

One more quick question, I saw a bag like the last poster posted that holds a cell phone right on top of the handle bar frame. Do people listen to music on trails and roads? I would think that would be bad idea or maybe they just use them for map directions. The bag I saw at the shop was a cool idea. Thanks again.
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Old 06-03-14, 04:49 AM   #13
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Some people use those for GPS, others for music. I regularly encounter a woman who works here on base talking on her cell on the way cycling into work, using some kind of hands free device, however.

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Old 06-03-14, 05:46 AM   #14
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I would think it would be a bad idea to listen to music on trails and roads in case you need to hear whats going on around you. Maybe I'm wrong though.
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I can answer the phone when it rings when it's in the bag by the steering head, but can't do that when it's in the rack trunk. I don't listen to music when I'm riding, I think it would be too distracting but there are others who feel strongly that this isn't the case.
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