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Old 04-25-11, 07:01 PM   #1
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Deal alert - found an interesting bag for my Moulton Mk III

I bought a cheap ($19.83) Sunlite bag for my commute bike from REI outlet recently and wasn't paying close attention to the specs, but when I received it I realized that it's a better match for the wide rack on my Moulton Mk. III. The bag is unusually wide and it has an insulated main compartment that holds 12 cans, plus a removable watertight liner. Neither the REI page nor Sunlite's website mentions the fold-down panniers which I think are kind of cheezy, but they might not be bad in practice if they stay out of my rear wheel.

It does have a removable plastic bottom stiffener, but it will probably sag over the edges of a standard width rack, and it will certainly hang over and interfere with panniers unless your rack has a lower rail. It's not for everyone, but this bag seems like a great deal if you've got a wide rack to mount it on.




Did I mention that it's an enormous bag?

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Old 04-26-11, 11:33 AM   #2
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I took the liberty to check out this bag for myself (thanks for including the links) and reproducing the single review below. You might not be aware that this is mostly an insulated bag intended for carrying food that needs to be kept at an certain temperature-most likely cold in this case-as the reviewer found out for him/herself. I would still have bought an separate insulated bag (like the one I already have for this purpose). I slip it into my attached bike bags when I need it for the purpose it is intended for. Otherwise it stays home-less weight and to keep track of. The side mounted smaller pannier is a nice touch but it is an easy bag to sew so I don't see the need for that part as well. The price is low, but the insulated bags are even cheaper when purchased separately (wait for sales). There was a reason(s) why people passed on this bag. A little questioning would have answered why.

As for stiffening the bottom/sides of any bag, I would use a precut-to-measure thin plywood.

http://www.rei.com/product/796872/sunlite-top-loader-4-insulated-rack-bag-09-overstock?siteId=cjIsd2x-it3792&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rei.com%2Fproduct%2F796872%2Fsunlite-top-loader-4-insulated-rack-bag-09-overstock&PID=3641099&AID=10456937&cm_mmc=CJ-_-Aff-_-3641099-_-10456937

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Large but compact
Roomy
CONS
Didn't hold shape
Stained contents
BEST USES
Comments about Sunlite Top Loader 4 Insulated Rack Bag - '09 Overstock:
I was sad this piece did not hold up at all. It had great storage space and yet had a fairly small footprint. After a couple months of use, the shape started distorting and collapsing. Also, after storing a white shirt inside, it somehow got stained from a rainy bike ride. Ended up getting a Toe Peak bag, so much better and rigid.
BOTTOM LINE No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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Nice to see another MK3 in what looks like original spec condition.

This is mine which I use for local shopping trips so I have kept the original worn paintwork look to make it less nickable.



Mine is upgraded with lighter parts, rack removed and carrying of my shopping is done on a modified Brompton carrier block fitted to the front frame head tube.

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I took the liberty to check out this bag for myself (thanks for including the links) and reproducing the single review below. You might not be aware that this is mostly an insulated bag intended for carrying food that needs to be kept at an certain temperature-most likely cold in this case-as the reviewer found out for him/herself. I would still have bought an separate insulated bag (like the one I already have for this purpose). I slip it into my attached bike bags when I need it for the purpose it is intended for. Otherwise it stays home-less weight and to keep track of. The side mounted smaller pannier is a nice touch but it is an easy bag to sew so I don't see the need for that part as well. The price is low, but the insulated bags are even cheaper when purchased separately (wait for sales). There was a reason(s) why people passed on this bag. A little questioning would have answered why.

As for stiffening the bottom/sides of any bag, I would use a precut-to-measure thin plywood.

http://www.rei.com/product/796872/sunlite-top-loader-4-insulated-rack-bag-09-overstock?siteId=cjIsd2x-it3792&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rei.com%2Fproduct%2F796872%2Fsunlite-top-loader-4-insulated-rack-bag-09-overstock&PID=3641099&AID=10456937&cm_mmc=CJ-_-Aff-_-3641099-_-10456937

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By Flyha
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Roomy
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Didn't hold shape
Stained contents
BEST USES
Comments about Sunlite Top Loader 4 Insulated Rack Bag - '09 Overstock:
I was sad this piece did not hold up at all. It had great storage space and yet had a fairly small footprint. After a couple months of use, the shape started distorting and collapsing. Also, after storing a white shirt inside, it somehow got stained from a rainy bike ride. Ended up getting a Toe Peak bag, so much better and rigid.
BOTTOM LINE No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Yes, I knew the bag was insulated before I bought it, and I read the review also. I think the bag disappointed the reviewer because it's unusually wide, that's likely why it distorted over time. Not a problem for me, the Moulton rack is wider than the bag - no stiffener needed.

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Nice to see another MK3 in what looks like original spec condition.

This is mine which I use for local shopping trips so I have kept the original worn paintwork look to make it less nickable.



Mine is upgraded with lighter parts, rack removed and carrying of my shopping is done on a modified Brompton carrier block fitted to the front frame head tube.

Regards

Jerry
I think I've seen your bike before, great work with the upgrades! Mine was resprayed badly, and had some minor changes made before I received it, and it will probably end up with uprades like tipraider's amazing Mk3.
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Old 04-28-11, 02:25 AM   #5
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Yes I exchanged some email with tipraider when I was building mine, specifically on how to fit a sealed bb. His MK3 is spot on as you say!

I just can't cope with a dropped riding position these days

Ps like tipraider I have also recently swapped out the MK3 forks with a nice set of MK1s. These have a longer front sweep and I think make the bikes lines look even nicer. They also have dedicated eyelets for the guard stays unlike the MK3 ones which have to go under the wheel nuts.

MK1 Forks




MK3 Forks


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