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Old 08-26-18, 03:10 PM
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Bags and Other Storage

I got pretty well sorted for tires in my earlier thread. So let's talk about bags, I've been bugging people who post pictures on Strava about what they're using and figured this would be a great place to ask too.

Right now I've got my gravel race bike set up with a Ellum Bag Works Lil' Dude. I like it cause it's cheap(er) and very well made. It holds 2x tubes, tire lever, multitool, plugs, Leatherman, clif bar and spare quick link. It's unobtrusive and narrow enough that there's no leg rubbing. Only problem is that it doesn't hold anything else. I don't want to go for a full-size frame bag since that's too much room. I'm thinking either a top tube bag behind the stem or at the seatpost. Something to hold 2/4 clif bars. I have a Revelate Jerry Can on my other...gravel race bike and it's ok but a little wide. There's some stuff from Apidura that looks good but I've never seen any in person so I can't compare.



What's everyone using for storage on their bike? What do you like/dislike? How wide are your top tube bags, most of the one's I've seen are very wide? Anyone still running just a seatbag and packing everything into pockets? Once I tried the "old peanut butter jar full of tools" and it got so jammed with dirt and grit I could hardly open it. Who's running a full-rack setup? If I ever have to race in the rain I plan on using my regular allroad bike with full fenders and rack so that should be funny.

Anyone using rackless handlebar bags? Or fanny/waist packs? Walmart has some awesome waist packs right now that I use when I ride MTB, worth checking out.

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I use a jandd mountain wedge expandable for most riding. Fits everything I usually bring plus some food since its 1.9l closed and 2.9l expanded.
https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMWEX

for long rides where i won't hit another town for 25+ mi at a time, I have a jandd mountain wedge 3 that is 6-7.5l depending of its expanded or not.
https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRDUCT_ID=FMW3

I have a frame bag, but dont love it due to how it attaches combined with how my cables are routed. Plus, it can get wide and interfere with my knees if its packed full.

0 interest in a rear rack + trunk bag. No thanks for gravel.
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I had been running a under-saddle bag just big enough for a tube and patch kit, and a small triangle bag just big enough for mini-pump, pocket tool, and a few other random fix-it items...both were crammed full and a PITA if i needed to get anything out.

I recently upgraded to a half-frame bag. Found one that fit perfect at the LBS...best part is that not only do my two water bottles still fit in the cages, but the mouthpieces fit snug against the bottom of the frame bag, thus helping keep dust off. Plenty of room for everything I had plus some snacks etc for longer rides.

i have another small top tube bag with clear plastic top that I keep my phone and usb battery pack for long rides.



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I'm running Apidua 3L compact frame bag and a 1L top tube bag behind the stem, usually exclusive of each other.

For local gravel the top tube bag holds 3 gels, two or three sleeves of Gu Chews, some Nuun tabs and usually my pepper spray. I sometimes use it to carry a camera and micro-tripod. It will definitely hold 4x Cliff bars. It is slightly padded on the side and I don't know why - it seems odd.

The frame bag will hold a t-shirt and light running pants rolled up, small cable lock and glasses when I ride to place where I don't want to be in cycling shorts. It will be a little wide if I add a rain jacket. For true gravel rides it will hold a water filtration system, sandwich and rain jacket. Local winter rides I'll carry a Thermos of hot soup in the frame pack. This sounds like it will be too much for you.

These are not the waterproof versions. I have had clothing get wet in a 1 hour torrential rain - not sodden but certainly wetter then I would have liked.

Quality is top notch and shipping was five days from London to ATL.

You are welcome to try either.









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I have not tried that myself, but there are several guys that I know that use the Dakine Hot laps fanny pack.

This strikes me as the MTB/gravel version of rear jersey pockets. The added advantage is that you take it off and throw it in the pannier of the commuter bike so you don't have to have duplicates of everything.

The guys that I have talked to like them a lot.
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Fully racked and fendered here. Most tools go in a downtube tool bottle or a Silca tool wallet (where the spare 40mm tube goes and flat kit) strapped to my front rack. Otherwise for touring I have panniers and a handlebar and trunk bags.

Having lots of bags to pick from gives lots of options, depending on needs of what I want to bring and how much...as well as where to put the load to keep things getting too bizarrely distributed in terms of weight. For JRA I'll just use the tool-bottle/tool-wrap/ and my pockets, commuting I'll add trunk or a pannier.




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I use a Revelate Feedbag on every ride now and it's pretty amazing how much I can jam in there. For shorter rides that's all I use. Multitool, patchkit/CO2, tire lever, and my Endura Pakajak all fit in there with my phone, and an energy bar.
Longer rides/overnight I use some combination of feedbag/framebag/seatbag.
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The smartest guy I've seen is someone I go on group rides with. He has an expensive carbon race bike but he uses a Banjo Bros handlebar bag, carries all kinds of stuff in it. It uses a quick release attached to the bars so it doesn't flop around and he doesn't have to strap it. Since it's not strapped down you don't lose any hand space on the tops. It looks much better in person than you think it would. Thinking about getting one myself.




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I just bought an Ortlieb to hold cue sheets in bad weather. I rode Westside Dirty Benjamin in pouring rain - cue sheets were pulp after 20 miles of a 100-mile route and the only person in my group that still had functional cue sheets was using a handlebar bag with a map holder. It's not the 'cool' option, and will not be part of most gravel rides, but it was great for The DAMn (240-mile one day gravel ride). The bag held two cue sheets at a time, it was easy to change the cue sheets on the fly, and it was easy to access food in the bag.


Training ride pic showing the cue sheet/map window.

I've always used and enjoyed an older Revelate Gas Tank for food and a Banjo Bros saddle bag for tools, tubes, etc. Depending on the ride and weather conditions, I mix in a CamelBak Lobo which can carry a lot of gear.

For The DAMn, I used all of the above and was very happy with my set up.

Edit/afterthought - For a fanny pack - many friends like the local brand (Minneapolis) - Trash Bags Waste Basket. I plan to add on, but not likely use it on gravel rides ... if I'm going to wear something on my body, it'll be the CamelBak (super comfy and not as hot as you'd think)

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Banjo Bros = excellent bang for buck. I have their small frame bag - was only around $32.
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Thanks for the responses so far!

I've looked at everything that's been posted and there's a lot of cool stuff. For now I think the Apidura 1L top tube pack is what I'm going to go with as it looks to have just enough storage and is thin enough that it won't be annoying. I forgot to mention on my non-racing allroad bike I'm using a revelate tangle framebag that works great. I've got a deuter energy bag that I'm going to add and see how it works for winter. I've also got a front rack that I might use as well as the clothes I need to carry for my rides during colder weather are a little too bulky for a framebag.
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I've got a Topeak seat bag for all my tools, etc. that I rarely need. Got a Rogue Panda Alamo bag up front for stuff I access frequently: money, snacks, etc. - a Ruger LCP 380 fits in there nicely as well, for riding in the country...

Just bought a Topeak Super Tourist DX rack that I haven't installed yet, if I need to carry more stuff.

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I like Acorn bags. Classy, classic, good designs, and well made in the U.S. https://www.acornbags.com/password
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I was on the waiting list for Acorn bags but my money burned through my pocket before they restocked. How do you like the rackless front bag (or is that a saddle bag mounted front)? I was going to get a regular rando bag for use with my front rack during brevet season next year but now I'm more considering rackless options for that bike.

Nice looking bike BTW.
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I'm just using a tool bottle at the moment to carry my puncture repair tools and I carry my phone in my running belt around my waist.





The bicycle pump is mounted under one of the bottle cages.

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i could never keep the roadrunner burrito bag secure enough around my handlebars. it would always come loose over real rocky terrain. so i threw it in the trash.
my custom yanco rumblin roll carries a tube, patchkit, and a multitool. co2 is kind of a joke. i like my silca impero.
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Here is my Centurion Pro Tour with a half frame bag (Apidura, I think) and an Acorn Tool roll.

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Originally Posted by motrheadsroadie View Post

i could never keep the roadrunner burrito bag secure enough around my handlebars. it would always come loose over real rocky terrain. so i threw it in the trash.
my custom yanco rumblin roll carries a tube, patchkit, and a multitool. co2 is kind of a joke. i like my silca impero.
Sorry, I just have to ask...what’s that carabiner-ed to your seat?
Looks like a coffee mug and a bong had a baby. 😁
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Two small ones.

Tire and maintenance needs are housed in an Arundel Tubi, mounted between the bottle cages via a WolfTooth B-RAD 4... and some custom bits. CO2 to one side of the seattube bottle cage, pump is on the other.
Phone, spare batteries, etc, lives in a repurposed Molle bag on a handlebar mount (which also serves as out-front for the GPS, and holds my BT speaker.) The phone pocket is the one that's unzipped.



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Originally Posted by wheelsmcgee View Post
Sorry, I just have to ask...what’s that carabiner-ed to your seat?
Looks like a coffee mug and a bong had a baby. 😁
https://www.instagram.com/danglebongs thats exactly what it is
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Originally Posted by motrheadsroadie View Post

https://www.instagram.com/danglebongs thats exactly what it is
DUDE that is so awesome! I see Ultra Romance is one of their spokesmodels.
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That's awesome, do you have any more pics of the mount? I've been spitballing doing something similar with a waterbottle handlebar mount to hold a bag. Yours looks much more sturdy.

I tried a triathlon themed top tube bag over the winter. I'd stuff my frame bag with clothes and then put food and misc items into the top tube bag. It worked pretty well but once summer rolled around I didn't need the space so I took it off. X-lab stealth pocket 100 - just enough for 2-3 clif bars and a couple gels.
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Originally Posted by motrheadsroadie View Post

https://www.instagram.com/danglebongs thats exactly what it is
Awesome...that thing looks quality.



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