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Need a good saddlebag

Old 07-20-06, 08:36 AM
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Need a good saddlebag

Hi,
I need one of those British style saddlebags. It will be for day trips and supported rides. The catch is I have only 7 inches from the saddle rails to the tire. So the
really big ones are out of the question.

I am looking at the Carradice Barley, it looks like it would just squeeze in there.
But I thought I'd ask and see what else might be out there.

Thanks...
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Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap.
If the bag is still too close to the tire but just barely your fender will suffice to keep the bottom off the rubber. Or use a Bagman support.
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If you don't have much clearance, consider using a seatpost-mounted rack with removable rack trunk. Topeak makes a few.
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My saddle rails are something like 8 inches above the tire and I get plenty of clearance with my Barley Bag/Bagman Support (small) combo. Also, the support can be bent (in a vise) should there be a clearance problem.
An SQR quick release mount would even mount the bag higher.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
My saddle rails are something like 8 inches above the tire and I get plenty of clearance with my Barley Bag/Bagman Support (small) combo. Also, the support can be bent (in a vise) should there be a clearance problem.
An SQR quick release mount would even mount the bag higher.
Do you need a Brooks saddle to use this bag. You can use the Carridice without a Brooks but you have to shell out something like $60 for a special bracket.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Do you need a Brooks saddle to use this bag. You can use the Carridice without a Brooks but you have to shell out something like $60 for a special bracket.
No, although Carradice Bags are meant to hang from saddle loops, they can just as effectively hang from saddle rails, although this will mount the bag somewhat lower. I see no point in purchasing saddle loop adapters. Most of my Brooks saddles don't come with saddle loops. These bags should mount under virtually any saddle with standard rails.
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I have the Carradice Pendle (same size as the Barley I think) and it was hanging too low from my Brooks loops. I then bought the Bagman rack. Right now it hangs about 9 inches below the loops. I am not sure this is going to work for you.
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Originally Posted by thomson
I have the Carradice Pendle (same size as the Barley I think) and it was hanging too low from my Brooks loops. I then bought the Bagman rack. Right now it hangs about 9 inches below the loops. I am not sure this is going to work for you.
You bought the "Bagman rack:? You had to buy a rack in adition to the bag?
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
You bought the "Bagman rack:? You had to buy a rack in adition to the bag?
It is possible to use the bag without the rack. I just didn't have enough clearance so this held it off the rear tire. The rack does give it extra support as well
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The Bagman rack also tilts it up so the bag opening faces straight up. This makes it easy to reach in while riding and grab stuff to use or eat without having to unbuckle the top flap. If you use the Bagman with Quick Release it is easy to take the bag off to take with you or when loading the bike in/on the car. Very handy.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
You bought the "Bagman rack:? You had to buy a rack in adition to the bag?
The "problem" with these traditional Carradice bags is that they were originally designed to mount under saddle/seatpost combo of half a century ago. These bags do not mount too well with "modern" saddles which are set back several inches from their seatposts. That is why these after market support accessories are sold separately.
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