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Seat bag recco? Something cool looking, easy to use?

Old 06-07-15, 10:15 AM
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Seat bag recco? Something cool looking, easy to use?

A crash last weekend broke the rail clamp on my Scicon 430 bag. It's replaceable, and I love the quick-release, top-loading design, but I thought I'd just check on the "state of the industry" before replacing the clamp part, and see if there's anything else cool out there.

Target features are small to mid size bags, preferably quick-release, and preferably top-loading. It must not be droopy or saggy, and preferably highly water-resistant. Extra points for style, too.

So, whaddya know? Anything to tempt me away from my Scicon?
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Old 06-07-15, 11:04 AM
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Is the 430 one that you can fit a smartphone inside? Is this it?

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If you have a Fizik Saddle, get a Fizik Bag. they clip in and are integrated. If not, then get the one with the straps
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Is the 430 one that you can fit a smartphone inside? Is this it?

Not precisely, but it seems to have the same basic construction, so judging by the feature set, I'd guess that's an earlier iteration of what I have, which I believe is properly the 430 Compact Carbon.

Mine fit an iPhone 5S perfectly, but does not have the pictured phone strap; I think their newer Roller 2.1 mount did away with that in favor of integrated tire lever mounts. One lever mounts outside the bag, right atop the bag, under the mount, and the other slides in a mount inside the bag, right on the bottom of the upper case, directly below the mount. Pretty slick.

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I have this Fizik bag, and I quite like it. I have the medium, not the small.. and its still a small bag in the scheme of things.

Fi'zi:k Saddle Pa:k - Seat Bags | Competitive Cyclist

Holds all the essentials, and just barely. Well no, it holds everything I need it to hold.. Im just not getting anything else in there like a phone or wallet/keys.

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Originally Posted by JmanEspresso View Post
I have this Fizik bag, and I quite like it. I have the medium, not the small.. and its still a small bag in the scheme of things.

Fi'zi:k Saddle Pa:k - Seat Bags | Competitive Cyclist

Holds all the essentials, and just barely. Well no, it holds everything I need it to hold.. Im just not getting anything else in there like a phone or wallet/keys.
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That Fizik is really not the kind of thing I'm looking for, but thanks anyway, guys!
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I was commenting on the coincidence of both having chosen the same bag to recommend.
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Hope nothing else but the dust in the crash...

About a year ago, I started using a Pro (I think that's a Shimano brand) mini saddle bag. I give it two-thumbs up.

Mine is packed to the gills with two tubes, two CO2 cartridges, two tire irons, a couple of Allen wrenches, air chuck, homemade ICE info card and a $5 bill. No more room for anything else. The bag sits high and tight under my saddle PLUS it's slightly narrower at the tip where it's up against the seat post so my inner thighs don't rub against it. Just the tip. The tip doesn't get rubbed.

Shimano Mini Strap Saddle Bag | Campmor

(I'm not affiliated with the seller and don't know if this is a good deal.)
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I think getting a QR system is not hard, as several brands, incl. Lezyne, Topeak, Ortlieb, and Giant have them, but getting an appealing mix of styling and clamshell opening is something else... Scicon's QR is the best, but I'd give that up if I had a saddle to fit Cyckit's Aeroclam, but SMP is not supported at this tme.
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Doing some researching and found these:

BikePakmart - Ibera Bicycle Saddle Bag, Bike Saddle Bag, Seat Bag

BikePakMart - IBERAUSA Clip-On Saddle Bag, 1.5L
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those are massive and hideous beyond belief.
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Might a Lezyne Pod Caddy be in the ballpark?

I use their Micro Caddy, w/o the QR, mostly because it is small and doesn't grab the seat post.
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I went this; Topeak® Cycling Accessories ? Products - SideKick Wedge Pack, small route with my Prologo saddle;U-Clips | Prologo , the saddle has the quick click retainer built into the back of it.
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The Fizik pack is available with the integrated clip system as well as the one with straps. I have one (no straps) and it clips out of the saddle and can be moved to my other bike in seconds. But it only works with Fizik saddles.

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Originally Posted by GuitarBob View Post
Might a Lezyne Pod Caddy be in the ballpark?

I use their Micro Caddy, w/o the QR, mostly because it is small and doesn't grab the seat post.
Yeah it's definitely ballpark!...but kinda ugly, with nothing to recommend it over the Scicon.
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I have a Bontrager bag. It comes in strap or quick release versions. It also comes in XS, SM, Med, LG... i have the XS with straps sicne the quick release didn't fit on carbon rails.






The XS holds a spare tube, (2) CO2 w/ head, 2 Park tire levers, multi tool and cash. Cell is double bagged and in my center jersey pocket.


I like that it has a water resistant zipper so your stuff will stay dry unless you go for a swim.
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That Bontrager doesn't hit any of the points I outlined, and is really not at all what I'm looking for. That kind of bag is a dime a dozen.
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How about Arundel?

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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Not precisely, but it seems to have the same basic construction, so judging by the feature set, I'd guess that's an earlier iteration of what I have, which I believe is properly the 430 Compact Carbon.

Mine fit an iPhone 5S perfectly, but does not have the pictured phone strap; I think their newer Roller 2.1 mount did away with that in favor of integrated tire lever mounts. One lever mounts outside the bag, right atop the bag, under the mount, and the other slides in a mount inside the bag, right on the bottom of the upper case, directly below the mount. Pretty slick.

I have that bag in white, looks great. Small size, but fits my mutli-tool, tube, two cartridges and patch kit and a credit card holer

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Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
Thanks, but I don't see anything interesting in those, though I do appreciate the absence of a seatpost strap.
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Originally Posted by CityGuy View Post
I have that bag in white, looks great. Small size, but fits my mutli-tool, tube, two cartridges and patch kit and a credit card holer

Different model, but the smaller size would work, as the 430 is more than I use. I'm really pretty over futzing with rear-entry bags, though; clamshell/top zip are much more convenient for me.
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Don't know how much you carry, but this fits a tube, small multi tool, co2 cartridge, and tire spoons. It attaches with straps instead of a qr and I've had both styles but have found on my road bike I like tiny and strap instead of qr.

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That Lezyne is not bad, but the thing with the QR is that it allows quick access, handy for stuff like stashing my ID and some cash. I guess I just need to consider whether I want to sacrifice utility for the style of that bag.

Scicon have the Elan 210 Carbonio which is similar and flashier, and they also have a QR model in standard nylon, should I decide to downsize while retaining mount type.

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