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Old 06-13-05, 05:32 PM   #1
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anyone use Carradice bags?

anyone use Carradice bags?

I am thinking of trying one of their seat post bags for commuting and light touring. My bike does not have the eyelets for a rear rack and this seems like a good alternative

www.carradice.co.uk/sqr-products.htm

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I have a Carradice Nelson Longflap which is a good bag ... the right size for touring, but perhaps just a tad large for Randonneuring.

I've never tried those ones, so I'm afraid I can't give a report.
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anyone use Carradice bags?

I am thinking of trying one of their seat post bags for commuting and light touring. My bike does not have the eyelets for a rear rack and this seems like a good alternative

I use a Nelson for light touring & a Pendle for brevets. I love them both. I also use a Bagman support.
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I've used it for 18 days for my trip from Brussels to Rome. It is an excellent bag, complete waterproof, very strong, handy, no probs while riding, and enough storage potential for light touring (max.15 litres or 10kg)
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I'm getting a Super C Saddle bag (on sale) which I hope is not overkill (I"ll soon find out!)
I'm going to marry it to a small Nitto rack so it has something to rest on. I do have a Brooks saddle with eyelets, but you can get a clamp that connects to the rails on any saddle and then creates loops to hang a saddle bag on.
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You can get Carradice stuff delivered to you in the USA from Saint John Street Cycles in the UK cheaper than buying it from US vendors. I ordered a Carradice Barley bag from them because Wallingford was out of stock on them, and it arrived here parcel post in five days from England, and cost me twenty bucks less! I have bought stuff from them before, and the transactions are as painless as doing business with any other well run internet business.

http://www.sjscycles.com
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You can get Carradice stuff delivered to you in the USA from Saint John Street Cycles in the UK cheaper than buying it from US vendors. I ordered a Carradice Barley bag from them because Wallingford was out of stock on them, and it arrived here parcel post in five days from England, and cost me twenty bucks less! I have bought stuff from them before, and the transactions are as painless as doing business with any other well run internet business.

http://www.sjscycles.com

wow thery have some really good prices on alot of stuff
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The prices posted are in UK pounds, but they have a link to a currency converter on their site. Keep in mind all their prices are pre-loaded with 17% Value Added Tax (VAT) that people in countries that are part of the EU have to pay. The US is not part of the EU, so you get a 17% discount off of the prices you see.
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I have the large seat post model and I find it really handy that it just snaps on and off. A bit expensive but good products are.

Be careful to keep the bottom clear of the tire and mount it as high as you can so as it is behind your hips and offers no drag.
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The prices posted are in UK pounds, but they have a link to a currency converter on their site. Keep in mind all their prices are pre-loaded with 17% Value Added Tax (VAT) that people in countries that are part of the EU have to pay. The US is not part of the EU, so you get a 17% discount off of the prices you see.

Good to know about VAT. Even with that figured in the price, some of their prics are very good, even better if that is taken out.
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I use the Pendel and Camper Longflap. Both have the SQR mount attached and I have SQR blocks on three of my bikes for them.

Carradice makes good, sturdy stuff. I recently completed my second self contained trip from Texas to Kansas using the Camper Longflap and a Topeak Frontbag. I also use both bags for commuting.
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I use 1 Super C pannier for commuting, it's huge. When I tour, I'll stick the other one on the other side, when I do self supported tours, I also use front panniers too.

However, for CC touring, the 2 Super Cs are plenty for everything that you'll ever need. I bet I could do some short supported tours with just the rears now too as I've taken to single wall tarptents which is loads smaller than my previous double wall tents.

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I just ordered a CArradice Super C Saddle bag (from the used list at Wallbike)
I've never owned a Carradice before, and only owned some old Bellwether panniers in the past. Anyone use the Super C Saddle bag? Is this thing overkill on the size thing?
I'm hoping to do some credit card type touring, maybe riding from B&B to hotel, and thought this would be good... or is it too big? (guess big is relative)

Perhaps I'll need to get a middle sized one for commuting/day rides.

My other quandry is mounting a rack on my bike which has no braze-ones, BUT it also has Carbon Fiber stays... the very ends by the drop outs are steel.
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The prices posted are in UK pounds, but they have a link to a currency converter on their site. Keep in mind all their prices are pre-loaded with 17% Value Added Tax (VAT) that people in countries that are part of the EU have to pay. The US is not part of the EU, so you get a 17% discount off of the prices you see.
When does the 17% VAT get removed? Is it after the order is placed?
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Not trick....but rock solid. I've got a Camper longflap, bought in '80, Super C panniers and bar bag from '82-ish. the velcro and elastic on the bar bag are cooked and I once had to repair a hook on a pannier.............

I've noticed how Carradice and Brooks stuff attract premium prices in the US; most unusual.
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When does the 17% VAT get removed? Is it after the order is placed?
Yes, they back it out manually. They're very prompt about doing it and keeping you informed via email.
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Yes, they back it out manually. They're very prompt about doing it and keeping you informed via email.
What are the shipping charges?
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What are the shipping charges?
Depends on the item. They ship via parcel post. The bag I bought from them came to about $66 US, including shipping. The same bag here is $84 including shipping.
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I've noticed how Carradice and Brooks stuff attract premium prices in the US; most unusual.
Not many places carry the products. Its supply and demand...
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Not many places carry the products. Its supply and demand...
Funny thing is, quite a few folks have commented to me on how cool they thought the Carradice Barley bag is, and wanted to know where they could get one.

I don't know of a single LBS in SF that actually carries them, so I always refer them to Saint John Street Cycles, Peter White Cycles and Wallingford Cycles.

LBS seem to cater to mountain bikes, comfort bikes, and race bikes. If you are out of that marketing area, you don't exist.
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This is one great connection. I could have gotten a Carradice bag at JS Cycles for $45.00, whereby bought in the United States, it cost me $109.00!! And this does NOT include the value added tax reduction. Great link for any upcoming purchases, for sure.
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Another thumbs up for Carradice. I have a barley - great bag. I also have a Bike Bureau that I use as my everyday briefcase on and off the bike.
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I have a barley that I use on brevets and a Nelson Longflap & Bagman Rack that I use for commuting. I love them.

If you don't have saddlebag loops on the back of your saddle, you can get the Bagman rack with built in loops. http://www.wallbike.com/racks/bagman.html
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Funny thing is, quite a few folks have commented to me on how cool they thought the Carradice Barley bag is, and wanted to know where they could get one.

I don't know of a single LBS in SF that actually carries them, so I always refer them to Saint John Street Cycles, Peter White Cycles and Wallingford Cycles.

LBS seem to cater to mountain bikes, comfort bikes, and race bikes. If you are out of that marketing area, you don't exist.
I got my Barley from Harris Cyclery http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/ and I am pretty sure they carry Brooks as well.
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If you don't have saddlebag loops on the back of your saddle, you can get the Bagman rack with built in loops. http://www.wallbike.com/racks/bagman.html
My Barley bag hangs from saddle rails of my Swift saddle. The bag hangs about an inch lower but there's absolutely no problem. It is also supported by the small Bagman Support. I really don't think these loop adapters are absolutely necessary in mounting most of these bags. Hang them by the rails.....most other bags do.
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