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Does this bike make my saddle bag look big?

Old 04-14-16, 01:03 PM
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Does this bike make my saddle bag look big?

No, seriously though, I need a recommendation for a minimalist saddle bag (Multi-tool, tube, tire levers, maybe a cell phone and keys). Bonus points if it kind of *rolls up* to take care of extra space, and rolls up less when there's more to put in there.

I currently have a medium bontrager wedge-type and it's just so big and bulky.

What about using the second bottle cage and a bottle as a bag?
I wouldn't have to sacrifice water, I could put the items in then fill it with water...Could put them into a ziplock bag if they affected the taste of the water.

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No, but seriously, any recommendations -- most of the threads I find are from like 2011 and a lot of the links/pics are old and invalid.

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Edit: I went with Specialized Mini Wedgie. See post 34 https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...l#post18693977

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Old 04-14-16, 02:49 PM
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See Rules 29-31.

REI has Timbuk2 and XLC bags on clearance/outlet right now, S and M all for about $10. I have the Timbuk2 one, works fine. Holds all I need. small enough.

I also have Pedro's Ethik seat bag. It fits your sizing requirement, but it's a little flimsy.

https://www.amazon.com/Pedros-6390100.../dp/B001C4AZT4
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One of the forum members who hangs out in C&V makes and sells his own roll up bags. As cell phones get bigger, it's harder to fit them in small bags!
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What you describe is much... much larger than a "small" saddle bag. My small saddle bag can BARELY fit a thin tube, multitool, and levers.
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I recently purchased the Specialized tube spool for my flat repair solution. It is a minimalist design and contains a tube, lever, co2, and inflater which then fits nicely in one of my jersey pockets or can be strapped to your saddle rails with the supplied velcro if you choose. I have used the X-labs mini bag for some time but found that it is wider than the nose of my Arione saddle and would chafe my bibs enough to put holes in them. I also used the X-labs mini cage pod that takes the place of one of your water bottles and holds a lot of stuff but down here in Florida we need two water bottles especially with summer coming. Below are some links, all minimalist designs and all well made with the tube spool being my new favorite. No room for phones with any of them but my Galaxy Note 4 fits in my center jersey pocket just fine.

Specialized tube spool - https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ac...bespool/106001

X-Labs mini bag - Mini Bag

X-labs mini cage pod - Mini Cage Pod

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Old 04-14-16, 03:00 PM
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A bigger saddle bag will make your butt look smaller.
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someone GAVE me a really cool looking roll-up saddle bag. It looks all retro and everything. It's oiled leather or something.. Well, I was a bit of a noob at the time, so I went ahead and put all my crap in it, rolled it up nicely and stuck it up under my seat as the instructions told me. Well, at one point in a ride, I looked down and noticed it was gone. Yeah. Fell off mid-ride. I turned around and about a mile back found it in the middle of the road with all my stuff strewn around it. It's lived in my garage, unused, ever since. Come to think of it, I should have sold it in my last garage sale.

Want it? I'm in SoCal, where are you?
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Originally Posted by GeoKrpan View Post
A bigger saddle bag will make your butt look smaller.
Ha ! Good one ! That reminds me of when... never mind.
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Originally Posted by deapee View Post
No, seriously though, I need a recommendation for a minimalist saddle bag (Multi-tool, tube, tire levers, maybe a cell phone and keys). Bonus points if it kind of *rolls up* to take care of extra space, and rolls up less when there's more to put in there.

I currently have a medium bontrager wedge-type and it's just so big and bulky.

What about using the second bottle cage and a bottle as a bag?
I wouldn't have to sacrifice water, I could put the items in then fill it with water...Could put them into a ziplock bag if they affected the taste of the water.

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No, but seriously, any recommendations -- most of the threads I find are from like 2011 and a lot of the links/pics are old and invalid.
I carry all those items in my jersey pocket
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Old 04-14-16, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by deapee View Post
.... a minimalist saddle bag (Multi-tool, tube, tire levers, maybe a cell phone and keys).
How about a lawn mower and a blender? You used the M word and then listed all this stuff. You need a medium to large bag, dad.
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Cyckit AeroClam will hold tube, patches, multitool, levers, and CO2 inflator. Maybe a couple of keys (if you're clever), but definitely not a phone:

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Originally Posted by elboGreaze View Post
Ha ! Good one ! That reminds me of when... never mind.
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Old 04-14-16, 06:29 PM
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Best saddle bag is a ziploc bag in the middle jersey pocket.
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This is a Bontrager "small", they make a XS but it didn't hold what I needed.

Spare tube
Multi-tool
Tire levers (2)
CO2 (2)
CO2 head
Park "Boot".
Quicklink
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Originally Posted by goenrdoug View Post
Want it? I'm in SoCal, where are you?
Lol pretty much as far away as you can get...about 3 hours drive to the other ocean.

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I try not to get "Specialized" everything -- I even use a Bontrager floor pump because I don't want to look like a hipster.
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Originally Posted by deapee View Post
Lol pretty much as far away as you can get...about 3 hours drive to the other ocean.

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I try not to get "Specialized" everything -- I even use a Bontrager floor pump because I don't want to look like a hipster.
Because specialized is hipster?
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Because specialized is hipster?
Don't tell him that Bontrager is owned by Trek. When I tell people that i have a Trek that look down on me.

Not that I care.
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Originally Posted by deapee View Post
...... -- I even use a Bontrager floor pump because I don't want to look like a hipster.
I only use Bontrager accessories on my Trek bicycles. If I had a Bontrager floor pump.... I'd need another pump for the Cannondale.

I think any of the small bags would work... if you stick your phone in a Ziploc bag and put that in a jersey pocket. I just got the new 6SE iPhone. As small as a 5 but as fast as a 6.

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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Best saddle bag is a ziploc bag in the middle jersey pocket.
Right on, brother.
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I use the Lezyne S-Caddy. It's relatively small, but has plenty of room for tire levers, the three hex keys I need, an extra tube, and some speed patches with room to spare.

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Because specialized is hipster?
No, but being as much of a noob as I am, having all matching, name-brand stuff, seems like being a poser. I just want to ride man.
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You can eliminate the bag and go with something like this in your pocket

https://www.sfbags.com/collections/c...ing-ride-pouch
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You can eliminate the bag and go with something like this in your pocket

https://www.sfbags.com/collections/c...ing-ride-pouch
I purchased one of those and couldn't put everything in it. And what I could fit, was a big lump in my center pocket.... i returned it.
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Some of us are endowed with smaller tubes than others.



Mich Aircomp.
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Some of us are endowed with smaller tubes than others.



Mich Aircomp.
I'm having tube envy.
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