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Old 06-22-14, 01:05 AM   #1
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Seatbags! Recommendations? Let's see 'em!


Just like the title says. Curious what saddlebags folks are running. I'm toying with the idea of tucking a small-ish*sized bag under my saddle, so I can move my tools and spares out of the bottom of my oversize saddlebag to a hopefully more accessible place and make a little more room in the big bag. Anyone make one that accesses from the side?

When I get off work in the morning I'll have to snap a photo of my Zimbale 18 liter bag (with a Carradice Cape Roll on top) mounted on a Carradice Bagman Quick Release Support - Expedition (original). Cumbersome name, great product! I'm hoping to tuck a modern(-ish) seatbag between the very large one and my seatpost.

Anyone have something they particularly like?

* Small, but large enough for a mountain tube and maybe levers and a patch kit.
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Old 06-22-14, 02:27 AM   #2
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On my commuter, I'm using an expandable Timbuk2 saddle bag. I believe it's a medium size. It has a large reflective panel, so it's my backup for when my rear light runs out of juice.

On my roadie, I'm using a small Topeak aero wedge. Both are able to store a spare tube, CO2 cartridge and chuck, levers, multitool, and my keys.
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I'm using this Serfas in a medium size, the solid black one. Don't know if it will fit between the seat and bag as you have described. In it I keep a tube, levers, patches and glue, hex wrenches, two way screwdriver, small knife and a shop towel with latex gloves rolled up inside. It will go on and come off easily, yet it's still very secure. I would buy it again.|saddle-bags
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I like my Ortlieb Micro; mostly because it doesn't have a strap around the seatpost to wear a hole in my leg.

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Old 06-23-14, 07:32 AM   #6
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Carradice 'Super C' Super C Saddlebag

it sits on top of my rear rack.. also.

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Jandd micro wedge.

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Old 06-23-14, 09:41 PM   #8
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Serfas Speed Bag, medium size (in orange). It expands downward from the bottom of the bag so if you need to carry extra stuff, it doesn't tilt the back of the bag downward and point your taillight at the ground.
un-expanded though i can fit a 700x28-32 tube, multi-tool, 2 co2 cartridges and a trigger, keys, cellphone, levers, and a small gps.
of the 3 bags i've had, it's my favorite and the best by far.

(just noticed it was also posted above)
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Old 06-24-14, 08:41 AM   #9
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A square of canvas , wrapped and folded, with your stuff in it. and then secured with a Toe-strap,
under the seat rails..

Unfolded you have some place to spread out your tools and small parts while doing the job..

make it 2 pieces 1 water resistant, the other a shop rag , perhaps?
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Old 06-24-14, 10:32 AM   #10
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I have a Novara Expanding bag on both my commuter and my "fun" bike.

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It's nice to be able to put my phone/wallet in the expanding section and keep it away from all the other junk in the main bag. It holds a ton but the zippers rattle like crazy. I gotta find a way to fix that, I'm thinking of doing some velcro tabs to hold the zippers in place when it's closed up.
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Simple Bontrager Pro medium bag for me. One spare, patch kit, 2 CO2 bottles with valve, compact tool kit, two tire spoons. Still some room for keys.

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