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Old 08-12-09, 05:48 AM   #1
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Best Seat Bag

I'm looking to buy a new seat bag to hold one tube, tire tools, C02 Cylinder, keys and ID. Which bag is the best that will hold this without being to big and heavy?
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Old 08-12-09, 06:34 AM   #2
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I hate big bags that bounce and bang around.

I like a a very small bag, packed, that can secure way up under seat and is narrow at the front to avoid any thigh rub.
I carry everything you list in it (except ID) and also add a Gel, Wet-naps, Multi-tool, and a $20 bill.

The Jannd Mini works for me and is very well made.
It's a tight fit, but works perfect and most items except tube are quickly accessible.

http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMTKB

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Topeak Aero Wedge. Small, Med or Large. (I Use a Medium).
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Scicon elan 210 will hold your tube, CO2 and lever. Phone, keys and ID in a plastic bag in the jersey. The larger Elan 350 would hold all your stuff. They also have no seat post strap to scratch your post or your bibs.
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I like my Timbuk2 bag. I think mine's a medium but I'm not sure. It attaches very securely to the seat, with no movement or play at all. In it, I keep a tube, patch kit, 2 CO2 cartridges, 2-3 tire boots, a tire lever and my multi-tool. Like clausen, my ID and phone go in a plastic bag in my jersey.
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Besides personal preference on size and shape, I don't find much of a difference between a "good" saddle bag and a "bad" saddle bag.
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Topeak Aero Wedge. Small, Med or Large. (I Use a Medium).
Yup! Plus these come with a quick mount that eliminates the velcro straps, quick on and off if you have to make seat adjustments, etc.
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Topeak Aero Wedge. Small, Med or Large. (I Use a Medium).
Meh...the wedge seems like it would be okay but it seems too large and soft and bulky and cumbersome for my taste.

This offering from Topeak is far superior:



Its called the 'pro pack' and the clip on/off is awesome-so much easier to take off than some annoying straps.
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Ohhh, the propack looks nice!!!
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Topeak Aero Wedge. Small, Med or Large. (I Use a Medium).
+1. I believe they also have a micro size. I have the buckled version after reading reviews of broken clips on the "clip-on" model. Clips should be better the smaller the size gets IMHO. If it wasn't for my Quicker Pro mini pump, I would have gotten the small (plus a Air Stik 2 Stage) and get everything fit in the small.

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I have a Topeak Wedge (Medium)



The clipping is pretty much the same as the Pro Pack.

The Medium bag I'm using fits 2 tubes, 2 CO2, inflator head, tire lever, and patch kit. I got the Topeak because I have more than 1 bike and the clipping system makes it a lot easier to switch the bag between bikes.

If I only needed to fit 1 tube and CO2, I'd probably go with the Scicon 210 for minimalism but I'd rather not get stuck 70 miles away from home with only 1 tube and CO2.
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I have a Topeak Wedge (Medium)



The clipping is pretty much the same as the Pro Pack.
I didn't know the wedge came in a nice sleek clip on version like that, all the ones I've seen had to be strapped to the seat rail and post and were all soft, floppy and mushy.
This version of the wedge is very nice.
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I didn't know the wedge came in a nice sleek clip on version like that, all the ones I've seen had to be strapped to the seat rail and post and were all soft, floppy and mushy.
This version of the wedge is very nice.
One of my co-workers has the Pro Pack. The Pro looks a lot cleaner imo but stuff doesn't fit as nicely into it because it's oval in shape.

I decided to go with function over form...
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I just put a topeak wedge micro on my bike. I tightened it so that it is partially hidden in my brooks saddle. I was able to fit a spare tire (wrapped tightly with tape), a multi-tool, a patch and two tire levers. I could probably still squeeze my keys in, but absolutely nothing more. Just perfect for my needs. It also has a strap on the back that my super blinky will clip to.
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I like my Timbuk2 bag. I think mine's a medium but I'm not sure. It attaches very securely to the seat, with no movement or play at all. In it, I keep a tube, patch kit, 2 CO2 cartridges, 2-3 tire boots, a tire lever and my multi-tool. Like clausen, my ID and phone go in a plastic bag in my jersey.
Ja. The small ones are $12 at REI right now.

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I currently use the Topeak Wedge Micro, which as 28 ci capacity. I like the clip system and there is no strap to go around the post. I've liked it, but my thighs do rub and I don't want to damage any expensive bibs.

I fit a CO2 cartridge, a chuck inflator head, a Park Tools patch kit, a spare tube, and a multi-tool, plus two tire levers. It is snug, but no rattling around.

But, I'm hoping to avoid thigh rub. I'm going to order both the Aero Wedge small and micro and see which works the best. For those of you using them, do you have thigh rub? Do you use the seatpost strap (which some say wears carbon posts down) or just the fixer bracket?

I know thigh rub can be caused by saddle type/position, so this answer might not help me. I use an SLR which is pretty narrow.

I guess I'll order and see, just thought I'd ask if people generally have thigh rub or not with the Aero Wedge. I hope the change in shape will eliminate my inner thigh rub.
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