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Old 05-08-10, 10:00 PM   #1
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Kinesis TT Bag - The Perfect Top Tube Bag?

Any experience with the Kinesis TT bag? It looks to be a very nice bag for long rides. The inside is lined and has a divider if needed. The left side (non-drivetrain) has a pen holder and zippered compartment for cue sheet, etc., while the right side (drivetrain) side has a mesh pocket.

For me I love the idea of having a place to put my APC USB battery pack and mini USB cable to keep my Garmin charged on long ride AND have space for camera and/or food AND cue sheet. My large Bento Box just quite doesn't have enough space but I don't want to go all the way to a handlebar bag.

The little plastic bits for securing the velcro to the bike look a little questionable; I would prefer the Bento Box design based on initial inspection. The bag looks a little over built so it might be on the heavier side. And the $36 price tag is steep but there appears to be a lot of work that goes into each bag.

Any feedback from first hand experience with the bag would great.

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Old 05-09-10, 08:21 AM   #2
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I've no experience with that particular bag, but I do have this one from REI: http://www.rei.com/product/800510 It seems a little smaller and quite a bit cheaper. It works great for what I want it for. I made a cardboard middle divider which allows me to carry my cell phone on one side and digital camera or wallet on the other without the two rubbing. There's also a small zipper pocket for a house key. The only problem I have with it (which would apply to any bag like this) is that when standing to peddle the inside of my legs tend to rub on the bag. Not severely, but enough to be a little irritating. I've only been on 3 rides with it so far, but the rubbing did seem to be less noticeable on the 3rd ride, so maybe it's also a riding technique issue. If I were to ever go to a handle bar bag, then I'd probably take this bag off.

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That looks really nice.
I'm currently using this banjobrothers model, and like it pretty much.
http://www.banjobrothers.com/products/01062.php#
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Another happy Banjo Brothers user here. There are no separate compartments to keep everything organized, but it is nice and sturdy so stays in place well - the previous one I used flopped to the side all the time.

Jim - The problem with hitting your knees on it when standing is always going to happen if you overfill it so that it bulges out. I don't recommend changing your pedaling style to compensate for this (you may end up with far worse problems), instead I would recommend packing it differently, or with less stuff, or find a different bag.
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I've tried the Bento Box top tube bags, but the thing never stays in place no matter how tightly I manage to bind the straps, the dang thing always sagged over to the side if I had anything of substance in it. Organization would be nice, but the thing staying upright and in place is important to me. I tried the detours one (guppy?) but the rubber thing snapped when I tried to mount it so gave up on that one. Does the Banjo Brothers one stay upright and in place even if there is a cell, a couple gels, and other various sundries in it?
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My Banjo Brothers one stays upright even with one of the biggest compact cameras available in there - a Canon G10, which weighs 400 grams (almost a pound). It's been on my cyclocross bike going over some pretty rough trails, and down Alpine descents at up to 50 mph, and never any problems. I doubt you'll find anything more sturdy. I've also mounted it on 3 different bikes with equal success on them all.

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Well, as a user of the Kinesis TT Bag, I can say that I'm very happy with the way it's constructed. I use the divider as a sling to keep my camera suspended above the top tube, eliminating any road shock from damaging it. I also find that it more than adequately holds everything I need, without it's being overstuffed; you always think of that "one little thing more I ought to have with me". I've had mine for just under 3 years; saw it in action at a SUBrevét up at Bryce Canyon NP. The list price may seem high but there is a discount for RUSA members, also for UMCA members IIRC. No matter, it's well worth it.
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@dg - Thank you for the reply! I was wondering if anyone on here has ever used the product. It is good to get at least one positive review before I purchase the bag. I plan to place my order shortly.
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