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You'd think it would be easy to buy a seat pack

Old 02-05-06, 04:28 PM
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You'd think it would be easy to buy a seat pack

I finally decided to replace my aging, torn Pedros seat bag with something with a fold down rear flap. So off I go to Performance, where I pick up a Transit Micro Wedge. Mistake #1: I don't bring the old bag with me, so I "guess" on the size. Even though it looks close from the outside, it holds nowhere near the amount of stuff I need it to.

Since I don't feel like driving the 30 min to Perf (and 30 min back) I swing by the LBS and pick up a really nice Trek wedge that holds all my stuff perfectly. Unfortunately, the zipper jams, so now all my stuff is trapped, and the LBS is closed.

Guess I'll have to swing by tomorrow and see about cutting it open. What a production just to buy a seat bag!
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If it wasn't for bad luck, you would have no luck at all. Good luck getting your stuff out safely.
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I have yet to find a seat bag that holds enough and still looks good. I hate these big hurkin' wedges that make a fast Italian bike look like a tourer. I can't stand those bags that when you open the zip....all your stuff falls out. I'm no engineer, but that's just plain stupid.
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Topeak has an aero wedge with straps or quick release option.. 4 sizes.. The Large is absolutely huge, the medium is just right.. Medium I can fit 2 tubes, topeak hexus tool, spoke wrench, park tire boots, 2 - co2 cartridges, co2 head, tire irons and cell phone...

Open it up and it sits an angle so stuff does not fall out

http://www.topeak.com/products/bag_001.html

http://www.topeak.com/products/bag_002.html
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Thanks Socalrider. The medium looks pretty good. I'll check them out.
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I have the Topeak Aero Wedge in size small. It fits all my stuff perfectly.

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Originally Posted by socalrider
Topeak has an aero wedge with straps or quick release option.. 4 sizes.. The Large is absolutely huge, the medium is just right.. Medium I can fit 2 tubes, topeak hexus tool, spoke wrench, park tire boots, 2 - co2 cartridges, co2 head, tire irons and cell phone...

Open it up and it sits an angle so stuff does not fall out

http://www.topeak.com/products/bag_001.html

http://www.topeak.com/products/bag_002.html
i have the topeak bag quick clip bag.... a small on my ruby (and a medium on my mtb... it has a zipper that gives you even more room inside if you need it!)

hubby has the mini on his road bike... holds everything he needs/wants to carry... (and he uses a small on his mtb.. so obviouly he carries less stuff than i think i need! )
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Got me one of these:



Seemed nice, until my stuff got trapped inside. I think I'm going to return it like this, then demand my stuff back. Let them be the ones to cut it open.
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I took this photo last summer as a test to see how much stuff could fit in my medium size Cannondale bag... It's about the same size as the Topek Medium linked above. I leave the GPS at home 99% of the time, but as a size comparison, it's about twice the size and weight of modern cellphones.

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I have the Medium Topek as well. And I must not be stuffing mine nearly as well as some of you as I haven't been able to fit near as much in it. But it is plenty for a spare tube, patch kit, a gel or two, cell phone and keys. There is also a space below it to store a mini pump.
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This is what I have in my small Topeak Aero Wedge. (And before any of you smarta$$es say anything, no I do not stuff my keyboard and phone in the wedge. )



I do have enough room leftover in there for small things like keys although I keep that in a wallet insert that I stuff in my jersey.

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Originally Posted by thewalrus
I took this photo last summer as a test to see how much stuff could fit in my medium size Cannondale bag... It's about the same size as the Topek Medium linked above. I leave the GPS at home 99% of the time, but as a size comparison, it's about twice the size and weight of modern cellphones.
I see a "toony" in that pic!
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I've got one of these:



It holds a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, car keys, Allen wrenches. I keep the cell phone in my back pocket. The pack is very small, sits under the saddle, doesn't protrude from the sides.

And of course, it's gay.
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Jandd makes nice gear: http://www.jandd.com/search_results....vel=2&subcat=4
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The LBS replaced the seat pack for me. Of course, he had to hack the old one open with a buck knife to get my stuff out.

"You packed this really well" he said.
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I hang one of these if I want to carry EVERYTHING....

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I'll second the PI bag. It's simple--very simple--and as such is effective without the frills.
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Khuon, is that a lock in your picture? I thought I was the only looney that carries one of those small luggage locks. Thanks for validating my thinking!!!

Also, I use the Topeak small aero bag too. I like the quick release straps and the size makes me think carefully about what I am packing (do I really need it?)
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Originally Posted by Polonswim
Khuon, is that a lock in your picture? I thought I was the only looney that carries one of those small luggage locks. Thanks for validating my thinking!!!
Yep. It's the Kryptonite Gear Gripper. It was marketted as both a luggage/baggage lock as well as lightweight bike lock. I am however still baffled as to why it has a thermometer on it. Oh well, it's compact and useful for low-threat environments and short-term security such as when I need to duck into the restroom at a gas station. The key however is to be aware of the surroundings before you lock and leave as anyone with a pair of cheesy wire cutters could defeat the tiny braided cable. Consider it a deterrance and delaying obstacle rather than a true theft prevention device.
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Originally Posted by khuon
The key however is to be aware of the surroundings before you lock and leave as anyone with a pair of cheesy wire cutters could defeat the tiny braided cable. Consider it a deterrance and delaying obstacle rather than a true theft prevention device.
I picked up one of these years ago for my laptop, haven't had any real reasons to use it, but it might be useful someday... It has an electrical circuit through the cable, which sets off a loud alarm if jiggled or removed. After having one bike stolen in November, I generally tend towards two extremes of security... I'm either on the bike or it's in my immediate possession (I'll walk it into a cafe if need be), or I'm locking up my "beater" bike with a beastly 6-pound U-Lock. The good bike is never unattended in public.

http://www.targus.com/SG/product_details.asp?sku=PA430B

might work best if looped through a spoke?

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http://www.wallbike.com/brooks/bags.html
Please try one of the Brooks bags and let us know how you like it.....
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http://www.wallbike.com/brooks/bags.html
Please try one of the Brooks bags and let us know how you like it.....
It's like a Coach purse collection for the bike.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
I hang one of these if I want to carry EVERYTHING....

By far the nicest bag I've seen so far.

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Originally Posted by CastIron
It's like a Coach purse collection for the bike.
Definitely not for Vegans...

when riding with one of those, be sure to also have the Brooks leather bar tape, leather saddle, and wear shoes made with real leather.

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Originally Posted by lrzipris

yep, ive got both the small jandd & the larger jandd shown below (except in black). the larger is easier to get stuff in & out off. i could fit my stuff in the small one but i had to jam it in. i carry 1 tube, 1 tire lever, 2 16g co2, co2 head, patch kit, couple allen keys.

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