Before you say 'not another seat bag thread', please hear me out
I realize that this is a commonly discussed topic, but while I have been reading page after page of posts describing what seat bags people use, I am still not sure what I want.
Background info: New to riding (at least since I was a kid), and have a department store mountain bike that will work for me until I am ready to spend some more cash.
I recently purchased a Specialized mini wedgie, with the hopes that I could store a (mtb) tube, my alien II tool, and maybe my cell phone, and misc other small items.
Boy was I mistaken! I can barely squeeze a tube in there, but nothing else will fit.
I have been reading a lot about different seat bags lately, and I have my eye on the regular Specialized wedgie (not the mini).
I think my problem is that I have not been able to find good examples of exactly what people are fitting into these seat bags. Pictures I see (when items are not shown for comparison) can be deceiving.
I would like to fit:
At least 1 x 26" mountain bike tube
My Alien II
Small patch kit
Maybe my phone, energy bars, other small items
btw, I probably will get another bag (besides under the seat) at some point - I am just keeping things simple for now.
I would love to hear real-world experience with carrying similar items in a seat bag, without going super huge.
Feel free to flame me if you don't like my post!