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Old 04-12-17, 04:16 AM   #1
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What bag to use for a bike with no pannier mounts and an oval carbon seat post?

So probably like many before me I have a bike that wasn't made with commuting in mind. It doesn't have panniers and has an oval carbon seat post so I can't bolt on a rear rack there either.

I want to avoid using my back as when I use my messenger bag my back becomes like a swamp of sweat even with my Lycra.

So I think my only option is a handlebar bag that fits between the road drops or a seat bag. I need to bring a towel and a change of clothes with me, what options are there? All the handlebar bags on Amazon I have seen are super small. Ideally I want to find a seat bag and handle bar bag that are both as big as possible.

This was the biggest seat bag I found.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00PBE6W8E/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
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Old 04-12-17, 05:02 AM   #2
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I wouldn't like the big saddle bags, since my thighs would hit them while pedaling. Even the small rear racks that clamp to the seatpost are annoying, my thighs brush against the clamp fitting.

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There are rear racks that attach via the rear wheel quick release and a fitting bolted under the rear brake. I googled "bicycle rack quick release brake bolt"

For example, this Axiom Streamliner Road DLX rack. Found on Bike Tires Direct. They show this waterproof pannier, too.

There are large handlebar bags that clip onto a fitting attached to the bars. For example, Arkel bags. But these can be expensive. They are designed for bike touring, allowing the rider to access the bag contents while on the bike.

A rear rack and simple pannier bag would be great for commuting.
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Old 04-12-17, 07:06 AM   #3
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thule pack n pedal rack out back with a dry bag strapped on top should suffice and still be aero...
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Haven't tried them myself, but how about a bikepacking saddle bag? I have seen some of great capacity. I was considering one for my commute just to be able to ditch my rear rack, but they're costly (especially the larger ones).

These are the largest ones I remember from the top of my head
https://www.arkel-od.com/en/seatpack...-seat-bag.html (15L)
https://www.apidura.com/product/saddle-pack-regular/ (17L)
https://www.ortlieb.com/en/Seat-Pack/ (16.5L)

Another solution (costly, again) would be the Tailfin, which is a rear rack designed for road bikes with no mounts for racks. It attached through the rear hub and to the seat post https://www.tailfin.cc/collections/f...s/tailfin-rack

In case you have rim brakes, the cheapest solution I can think of would be a front rack that attaches to the brakes' mount on the fork. You could then attach a bag with bungee cords. These are dirt cheap on eBay/Aliexpress.
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Old 04-12-17, 07:49 AM   #5
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Bikepacking seat bag. A friend just did a short overnight tour on his Cervelo
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I'd like to see a photo of the bike before I suggest anything.
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Get a frame bag. Many sizes. Fits in the space of the main triangle.
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jandd mountain wedge 3 attaches to the rails and has a very decent capacity.
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If you're open to some DIY, I constructed a handlebar bag just this past weekend by modifying a normal size backpack. As you can see it looks like a regular backpack with some sort of stand built in, and it's fairly easy to construct although there are a couple of mods that you can't see here. I fold it into a neat cylindrical bundle and it slips on and off the drop bars without any fuss, and is stable with no hardware needed on the bike. I can over-stuff it, and if I stop at a store and fill it completely I can always wear it on my back. I'll post more pictures later, and if you're interested explain how it's made.
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Larger seat bags like the above pictured interfere with taillight mounting, or block taillight, unless there is a way to mount the light securely on the bag, somehow.
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If you're open to some DIY, I constructed a handlebar bag just this past weekend by modifying a normal size backpack. As you can see it looks like a regular backpack with some sort of stand built in, and it's fairly easy to construct although there are a couple of mods that you can't see here. I fold it into a neat cylindrical bundle and it slips on and off the drop bars without any fuss, and is stable with no hardware needed on the bike. I can over-stuff it, and if I stop at a store and fill it completely I can always wear it on my back. I'll post more pictures later, and if you're interested explain how it's made.
That looks intriguing. I hope you post more photos.
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If you're open to some DIY, I constructed a handlebar bag just this past weekend by modifying a normal size backpack. As you can see it looks like a regular backpack with some sort of stand built in, and it's fairly easy to construct although there are a couple of mods that you can't see here. I fold it into a neat cylindrical bundle and it slips on and off the drop bars without any fuss, and is stable with no hardware needed on the bike. I can over-stuff it, and if I stop at a store and fill it completely I can always wear it on my back. I'll post more pictures later, and if you're interested explain how it's made.
Interest granted! More details please
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Here are some photos of my commute this morning. The pack on the teal fleece is loaded with a full change of clothes and a few small items. I included the office picture because I sometimes carry it bundled, by the strap and stem brace. This one is about convenience more than style.

I don't want to hijack your thread with construction details, maybe on a new thread. Basically that steel rod is one piece, bent to brace under the stem and hook over the bars. There are two plates of Coroplast inside, curved with a heat gun to provide shape and support, and an elastic strap that loops around the stem.
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