Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-13-11, 10:39 AM   #1
Gloomy
Member
Thread Starter
 
Gloomy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just got my SEAGULL black bag

Hey guys,

I don't really know where to post this but it seems like some of you fixed gear riders are using this bag...

I just got my Seagull black bag (large) 2 hours ago and my first impressions are not very nice. My expectations were maybe higher than what the bag really offers.

To make everything clear, I have to say that the quality of the bag is really nice and stiff. My only concern is that the bag seems to be rocking from side to side like CRAZY.

I've added a vid to make myself clear and I need you to tell me if it looks normal. Damn, my old trecking bag (from the 90's) is way tighter than that $160 (with shipping) Seagull bag.

All in all, is it just me expecting too much from Seagull or these bags are really not intended to be used while cycling?

As for the vid, I was carrying 14lb (7kg) of stuff, school book, pillow, climbing shoes and bike locks. The first take shows a stiff/comfortable straps tighting setup while the second take shows a over tighted straps setup, including chest pain and hard breathing...

Any advice is very welcome!
Thanks

Last edited by Gloomy; 04-14-11 at 05:41 PM.
Gloomy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 10:42 AM   #2
chenghiz
Senior Member
 
chenghiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: PDX
Bikes:
Posts: 389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Have you actually ridden with it yet? Unless you're constantly out of the saddle mashing I doubt it's actually that big of an issue. I'm sure my timbuk2 bag is far less secured than that, but it's never been a problem for me.
chenghiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 11:03 AM   #3
Gloomy
Member
Thread Starter
 
Gloomy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll go check that out right away. I was thinking about keeping it new just in case I want to sell it, thinking it was not suited for my needs...

I'll go for a 15 minutes ride and come back.
Gloomy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 11:28 AM   #4
gilmatic
Gilmatic Cee Allah
 
gilmatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: BKNY
Bikes:
Posts: 119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That looks pretty uncomfortable. I'd just return it and get something that you like.
gilmatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 11:59 AM   #5
1fluffhead
Senior Member
 
1fluffhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: baltimore
Bikes: Pake Track; Bianchi XL EV2 El Reparto Corse, Kona Jake the Snake
Posts: 1,663
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What looks uncomfy is that binder in your back.

FWIW, I never wear any of my bags all the way cinced down like you did in the video and have some movement in them. Not really that big of deal, IMO. Mess bags are fit differently than backpacks when riding. That is one of the main reasons why they aren't great for carrying heavy loads off the bike. If the bag moves while riding just elbow it back into place, but I doubt it will move as much as you made it move in the video while riding.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by diff_lock2 View Post
so what if it's custom, are you suddenly NOT a jackass?
1fluffhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 12:11 PM   #6
Gloomy
Member
Thread Starter
 
Gloomy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ok, after a good 30minutes ride, I can tell it does feel way better while biking. As Flufhead said, I do not do any gorilla moves on my bike like I did on my vid so it wasn't a good example. What's strange is that as soon as you step off your bike, you start feeling the bag a different way than on the bike.

Also, with a light jacket, the bag is more comfortable...

I do have to learn how to organise the content of my bag better but give me a chance, it was just as a test.

Last thing, I think that bag is a bit to large for my needs, I might be selling it if someone wants it.
Gloomy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 12:40 PM   #7
Maddox
Ride heavy metal.
 
Maddox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Teenage Wasteland, USA
Bikes: '74 Raleigh LTD-3, '76 Motobecane Grand Jubile, '83 Fuji TSIII (customized commuter), '10 Mercier Kilo WT (fixed obsession), '83 Bianchi Alloro, '92 Bridgestone MB-1 (project), '83 Specialized Expedition (project), '79 Peugeot UO-8 (sold)
Posts: 1,634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No matter how you cut it, 14+ lbs on your back is going to move around. The key is to keep the load within the bag as stable and evenly distributed as possible, with the heavier part of the load as close against your back as possible.

But yeah, there's a reason that messengers don't use bulky, loaded packs during races unless that's the gimmick of the race -- heavy loads make your center of balance unstable and are tough on your back.

But good thoughts, I hope the pack starts to feel more comfortable on you.
Maddox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 12:50 PM   #8
xavier853
.
 
xavier853's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus
Bikes: Pegueot UO8, Tommaso Augusta
Posts: 2,027
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My seagull bag never moves as much as you were making it, even when I am carrying a ton of stuff.
xavier853 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-11, 12:53 PM   #9
Scrodzilla
There goes Tokyo
 
Scrodzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: EAI Bare Knuckle, 1975 Raleigh Pro Track
Posts: 25,339
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 225 Post(s)
Nice sweatpants brah.
__________________
Scrodzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:20 PM.