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Old 12-30-07, 03:24 AM   #1
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Bike Fanny Pack

I like biking to my local gym, whether it be one of the 3 school gyms on campus, or the local chain back home. It gives me a good warm-up and cardio, plus sometimes you just have to be an arrogant ass and bike with your shirt off after a good workout to boost your self esteem.

My problem is carrying all the little necessary things (I.D., cellphone, wallet, maybe some water/protein bar, multi-tool, patch kit). A backpack or my messenger back is out of the question as I don't want back-sweat to turn the thing rancid, plus the space is way more than I need. Also on long rides one of those addidas workout-drawstring bags really get annoying.

What I'm looking for is something I can attach to my bike, and detach with ease as I go in the gym. Imagine a fanny pack that clips on a bike's tubes. I was thinking a good place to put it would be the intersection of the top tube and seat tube, or the top-head-down tube area. (this is a seperate question upon itself, which location would get in the way of my legs less and thus avoid chaffing/scratching the hell out of em). An acceptable but less desirable alternative is behind the saddle, such as this

http://www.topeak.com/2007/products/...wedgepacks.php

These are less desirable because I want to have the bag where I can keep an eye on it in case it starts unbuckling or zippers come loose.


My requirements for the bag are that it be reasonably sized for a 50cm frame (wont have straps dangling near the cranks, wont be so huge that it significantly catches crosswinds). Waterproofing and multiple compartments are a definite plus, but not necessary. Reasonable price range is appreciated, and by reasonable I mean definitely not topping 50$. 30$ or less is ideal. Clamps/straps that dont scratch a frame would be nice, But I could always tape them over.

And obviously this thing has to be stable as hell when clipped in to the frame. Last thing I want to worry about is a 5-10 pound fanny pack whipping around my knees.

Anyone know of any good quality bags that fit this criteria? I feel like ive seen this type of bag around before but I dont know where to start looking.
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Old 12-30-07, 03:37 AM   #2
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I know I've seen bags that fit that description, velcroing to the corner where the top tube and the seat tube meet. I think a lot of people use em for chains, though I'm sure you could use em for your small necessaries.
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Old 12-30-07, 03:37 AM   #3
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honestly it sounds like, if you don't want to go with a saddle bag, an actual fanny pack would work out well. they can be purchased for under $5 at thrift stores and will hold everything you need with no big sweat marks. plus you can either sew a ulock "holster" on or, what i do, loop the strap around the shackle and you're good to go
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Old 12-30-07, 03:39 AM   #4
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The Topeak seatpack you linked to will do the job just fine. It won't start unzipping or come loose during a ride; they're very well designed.
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Old 12-30-07, 09:56 AM   #5
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Why not use an actual lumbar pack (I hate the term"fanny)? I have one made by Mountainsmith and it's fantastic. My mini u-lock even fits perfectly into the pocket in the pad. Holds a surprising amount of stuff, is very comfortable, very adjustable, holds two water bottles, and is supremely durable.

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Old 12-30-07, 10:12 AM   #6
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Get one of those triangle bags, and then just put the rest of your stuff in a detatchable bag inside of the triangle bag. Probably the smallest bags out there. I can't see why you can't put a grocery bag inside another bag and carry that from yr bike to the gym.
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Old 12-30-07, 10:36 AM   #7
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Another possibility would be a handlebar bag. They clip onto the front of the bars and hold more stuff than a saddlebag. Something like this http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2312 would do you proper. Not the most stylish thing ever, but very practical.
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^^i want to stay away from a bag as big as the lumbar bag mentioned. Not only do they cost a bit more, but I want something smaller that I can keep near my person as I work out.

Handlebar bag looks like a good option, style's not really a concern.

Any more ideas?

EDIT: Performance and Nashbar have some uber cheap bags. Found kind of what Im looking for at Nashbar

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...20Frame%20Bags

Kinda doubtful about that bag though, as it looks as if its held onto the frame by just Velco straps, which will wear out over time.

Might end up just buying a saddle bag from Performance as there's one by my house so I dont have to pay shipping on a 5$ bag from Nashbar.

EDIT: Nice avatar Fugazi. Good series that.

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bento box?
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FWIW you can get lumbar bags that are pretty tiny.
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bento box?
yes but it can't be pinku (thats japanese for pink) or any girl color. It has to be of 2 or more kotoba (thats japanese for 2 compartments) and has be be chibi (small) sized. And has to be really kawaii (cute). Also It has to be about 10-20 bux. And the seller has to post pics of it first (i wanted to make shure it was kawaii [cute]). And it would have been nice if it came with matching chopstick holder (WITH chopsticks). OH! and it CANNOT have had any cartoon pictures, or been made out of plastic. It has to be made of ceramic, or something like that. Also it would have be nice if it was made in japan. and not in china or corea (korea) or whatever. I have found a bento box similar to the one im describing in e-bay, but it was 1 kotoba, and i didnt want my gohan (rice) to touch my other things (it can get wet and i would not like that, plus 2 compartments looks more kawaii).
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lacquered wood pwnz all other bento's.
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freight baggage makes a really good hip pouch. waterproof, main pocket with outer velcro pocket and ulock holster.


http://www.kingkog.com/kogshop/index...roducts_id=265

pricey, but worth it if you're planning to use it all weather and often. - the strap might be annoying if you're going to ride shirtless though.
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i like the EMD F7 locomoive patch, but steam locomotives are waaay cooler than diesels.

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yes but it can't be pinku (thats japanese for pink) or any girl color. It has to be of 2 or more kotoba (thats japanese for 2 compartments) and has be be chibi (small) sized. And has to be really kawaii (cute). Also It has to be about 10-20 bux. And the seller has to post pics of it first (i wanted to make shure it was kawaii [cute]). And it would have been nice if it came with matching chopstick holder (WITH chopsticks). OH! and it CANNOT have had any cartoon pictures, or been made out of plastic. It has to be made of ceramic, or something like that. Also it would have be nice if it was made in japan. and not in china or corea (korea) or whatever. I have found a bento box similar to the one im describing in e-bay, but it was 1 kotoba, and i didnt want my gohan (rice) to touch my other things (it can get wet and i would not like that, plus 2 compartments looks more kawaii).
As I understand it, saying "Bento Box" is redundant because bento means box already? Like saying ATM Machine. I don't speak Japanese, but I seem to remember someone told me this.
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^^ yeah, obento > "bento box"

i learned relatively fluent japanese when i was 5 (i'm japanese & italian) and after a 14 years of never needing to speak or write it, i forgot the language in its entirety.
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Wear Some ****ing Pants
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thank god we don't all live in the south!
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what the hell

roadies have been doing double centuries with all their crap in a seatpost bag for a long time

why is that not good enough

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I blame it on the fact you cant buy porn inside of city limits and we have a six ***** limit
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I know #7 is the only thing keeping me from going over the edge.
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Wear Some ****ing Pants
I would but im thinking with an eye toward summer too. Im not going to wear jeans or cargo shorts to go lift, may be comfortable to you but not to me.

I dont own any mesh/basketball shorts with pockets, and even if I did, all the stuff I mentioned I would be hard pressed to fit in the pockets of normal pants. Add to the fact that there is no reason to rent a locker at the gym when I need to supply my own lock and renting costs 20$ a semster, and why would I rent a locker to hold workout clothes I would need to bring home every week to wash? Not to mention I need to keep the workout clothes on for the ride back in the summer, otherwise my regular clothes get sweaty anyways.

and THAT'S why i dont wear some ****ing pants
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If you really think a fanny pack will solve your problems:

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-w-Tags-Child...ayphotohosting
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Why would you put that on ebay with a 9.99 starting bid......why put it on ebay at all...

although if it were in pink with dora the explorer on it....I would be hard pressed to say no
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