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Old 01-28-17, 09:10 AM
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How many of you leave your bags on all the time?

Just a fun topic. How many of you leave your frame bags on for every ride as function for carrying stuff and how many of you like to ride bare framed and put your frame bags on for longer/multi day rides only? I am not talking seat bags or tank bags but rather frame bags such as tangle bags etc.
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Old 01-28-17, 11:07 AM
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I don't use those triangle frame bags, just a small seat bag. I have one one each bike. But I do like a clean, less obstructed-looking frame. So the bags I use are just big enough to hold a spare tube, a small patch kit, tire irons, and a few $$ cash.

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Since they are Saddlemen motorcycle saddlebags, I'm not going to take them off, just empty them.
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I used a frame bag exclusively for commuting, and designed it for quick attachment and release, a normal looking drawstring bag when off the bike. From my perspective leaving it on permanently defeats the purpose since I'd prefer a rack on some other solution in that case.
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Old 01-28-17, 12:30 PM
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I enjoy having my stuff along for the ride.
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Old 01-28-17, 01:08 PM
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I love the capacity I have with my Revelate tangle bag so it stays on all the time but seeing these gorgeous pics of all these bikes people post on here just makes me think I should take it off unless I am doing a multi day trip or bike packing. It does ruin the clean looks for sure. I do have a seat bag and a tank bag I could use instead.
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My Revelate Ripio frame bag stays on all the time. The top compartment carries the 3 liter water bladder, snack and phone. The bottom compartment holds a spare tube, tools room for a fleece/rain jacket and/or 32oz bottle of Gatorade. The functionality is great, and I am less concerned with maintaining a "traditional" bicycling appearance.
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Old 01-29-17, 08:42 AM
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I went for a ride yesterday and realized why mine stays on all the time. The weather was mediocre for January Iowa weather with a 15 mph NW wind. I had no idea how warm I needed to dress or what kind of gloves to wear. So I layered and wore a medium set of gloves and packed my heavier gloves in the right side of my tangle bag. I have even packed my North Face rain/wind breaker in the right side before as well. It does hide the beautiful lines of my frame but damm I got so much storage space.
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you mean this kind of thing? I've seen triangles but this looks good

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
you mean this kind of thing? I've seen triangles but this looks good


Dude I thought I was looking at my bike for a minute lol.
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well dam, that thing can hold a ton of stuff
  • your knees don't hit it?
  • it doesn't bulge out?
  • are there dividers inside or just one big cavern?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
well dam, that thing can hold a ton of stuff
  • your knees don't hit it?
  • it doesn't bulge out?
  • are there dividers inside or just one big cavern?
Dividers on left side. I have carried a rain jacket and gloves plus air pump and spare tube in just the right side and no my knees have never hit. The left side carries phone, wallet, multi tool, levers and patch kit, first aid, medicine and antacids, food, maps and so much more. On Ragbrai I carried pickles in the right side as well (in ziploc bags of course). I can get everything but the kitchen sink in without my knees hitting. On one bike packing trip I carried a pump, tube, and 4 14 ounce Guinness nitros in just the right side lol. I will stop there as you get the point by now.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
well dam, that thing can hold a ton of stuff
  • your knees don't hit it?
  • it doesn't bulge out?
  • are there dividers inside or just one big cavern?
I use one, a Jandd version, for my longer gravel rides. Its usually only half full at most, but i have filled it to the point of not being able to zipper it closed.
A 55mi gravel race last October- no water for 35mi, so i had 2 bottles on the bike and an extra on the frame bag. A couple of tubes, a clif bar, some energy gummies, arm warmers, and a medium weight wknd jacket were all stuffed in the bag at the end of the day.
35mi without water or support, 45deg start and 65deg mid-day temp...gotta plan and pack.

The bag, even buldged out, didnt interfere much with my knees riding in or out of the saddle. I did brush against it a dozen times over 25miles.
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Old 01-30-17, 11:49 AM
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I'll undo my rack/kickstand for an organized ride, which seems to have become a "never" occurrence. It's four bolts/seatpost clamp and a couple of minutes.
I have found that the rackbag and panniers absorb a good deal of vibration.
The thing's rear gets right chattery without the fredrack.

My framewedge, I'm inured. Besides, supplies.

I think I'm going to fab that rectangle in post#9. Perhaps today.
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Old 01-30-17, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
a Jandd version...filled it to the point of not being able to zipper it closed.
That's funny. Mine's seen four zippers, and has been needing a fifth for a while now.
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I use a daypack when I need one, which is rare.
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