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Saddle bag that doesn't suck?

Old 06-26-13, 03:19 PM
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Saddle bag that doesn't suck?

I know, I know...a true roadie doesn't use one. Now that that's out of the way, my saddle bags have been wearing on my bib shorts, mostly due to the velcro straps just slightly protruding. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with a saddle bag that doesn't have anything that could snag shorts? I've seen a few alternatives but they all seem to have problems. I'm looking for a medium sized bag (I carry two tubes, tire levers, multi-tool, presta->schraeder adapter, two CO2 cartridges and a chuck, flat repair glue and patches, shimano pins). I get a fair amount of flats here with goatheads. So far this is what I've seen:

Fizik ICS system (don't have a Fizik saddle now)
Blackburn Zayante QR (can't see if it has a seat post strap, if not it might work)
Blackburn Barrier Small (gets bad reviews)
Koki TukTuk (ideal seat post strap but velcro on sides that some say isn't strong enough and straps end on side)
Detours The Wedgie (might be okay, still a large hook to connect the cord to though and straps that end on the side)

Is there something I'm missing or would one of those work?
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Take a look at the Arundel Dual, very happy with mine. Much slimmer than the normal wedge bags so no rubbing / protrusions, but still plenty of space - https://www.arundelbike.com/seat-bags.html

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I've run into the velcro problem as well. I have a Performance brand seat pack that is very similar to the detours you mentioned. I wrapped a bit of electrical tape around the tip of the seatpost strap where it was wearing on my shorts.

Here's something I've used that is not actually meant as a bicycle saddle pack, but works nicely if you need a big one.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Here it is on one of my bikes, so you can see the size:

Commuter scooter by Yo Spiff, on Flickr

I also have a collection of seatbags that I've tried and wasn't happy with.
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You could just put some electrical tape around the areas on the saddle bag that is rubbing.

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I use an older Lezyne micro caddy which has worked out well so far.


In my small (0.5L) one I have 1 butyl tube, 2 CO2, patches, levers and a cb m19 tool.

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/pr...1126.42.1.html
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Originally Posted by raiden07
I use an older Lezyne micro caddy which has worked out well so far.


In my small (0.5L) one I have 1 butyl tube, 2 CO2, patches, levers and a cb m19 tool.

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/pr...1126.42.1.html

I have a few of these, picked them up for $10 each on sale last year...my favourite.

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Is the snag from excess velcro? If so just cut off what you don't need and melt the ends so they don't fray.
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Originally Posted by danmitch
Take a look at the Arundel Dual, very happy with mine. Much slimmer than the normal wedge bags so no rubbing / protrusions, but still plenty of space - https://www.arundelbike.com/seat-bags.html

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Timbuk2 small or medium depending on how much space you want.

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Is the snag from excess velcro? If so just cut off what you don't need and melt the ends so they don't fray.
For what it's worth I've tried cutting the strap and also covering the end with electrical tape. To be honest part of the problem is that the bag probably is poorly designed. By the time I tighten everything down to keep the bag in place or the seat post strap in place I just about run out of overlapping velcro sections. So I can't cut too much or cover too much with tape or it doesn't hold in place. I figure as long as I need to buy a new one why not support a bag that works as soon as I buy it, rather than paying money then having to make modifications for a poorly designed bag.
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Originally Posted by Jakedatc
Timbuk2 small or medium depending on how much space you want.
But what does it look like on the OTHER side, where the velcro from the seat post strap presumably is?
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Originally Posted by ericcc65
But what does it look like on the OTHER side, where the velcro from the seat post strap presumably is?
There is enough overlap that you could trim the velrcro on the seatpost so that it ended in the front instead of the side.
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Any of the saddle bags mentioned above would be fine. It's not rocket science.
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I just stuff my jersey unless I am planning to cross the border

This is what I use when I go on a trip, which I actually do on my normal roadbike
https://www.topeak.com/products/bags/...Pack_DX_medium

Is is perfect, shame it is ugly as sin though.
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I like my Specialized Mini Wedgie. It holds a surprising amount of stuff and I've never felt it on my legs.


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Originally Posted by Nachoman
Any of the saddle bags mentioned above would be fine. It's not rocket science.
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Guys with big legs always have this problem, especially with the narrowing of Q-Factors a few years ago.

Look for a bag with LONGER Velcro. It has to be as narrow as possible on the end closest to the seat post.

The mount should be plastic and bolt to the rails. That way you can slide the bag AS FAR BACK AS POSSIBLE. If you do this you can then wrap the Velcro around the RAILS OF THE SADDLE instead of the seatpost.

Problem solved.
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And oh yeah...bags are pro. Seriously.
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Scicon 210. Holds a 1 tube, 1 lever, 2 co2 and the air chuck. No Velcro around the seat tube for your legs to rub on. On long solo rides I add an extra tube and mini pump in a pocket.
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After having three tiny bags on my road bike which turned it into a tourer-lookalike, I bought an Airwave Super Wedge. https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=73526

I now have all the space I need in the Airwave for two tubes, CO2 pump, two CO2 cartridges (with cartridge-sized elastic bands), iPhone, two granola bars, tire tools, multi-tool, keys, loose change, and either one of my two lights.

It's a huge PACK compared to the tiny little Giant packette I was using before. It fits into a clip that you mount onto your seat rails, but also uses a velcro seat post connection for added security.

It's big and looks a bit out of place on my road bike, but it feels good to not have to wear half my tools, food, and more in my jersey pockets. On my 100 mile+ rides I looked like a homeless bag lady, sandwiches hanging out of my ass, losing tire levers or granola bars when digging out my phone from no man's land in the bottom of a jersey pocket with five other things rolling around.
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OP, add a tire boot to your bag. Make sure to cut off the beads from the old tire, you just need the casing.
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Another vote for lezyne micro caddy. The scicon ones look good too.

That said, I converted last year to the ziplock bag in the jersey pocket club and actually prefer that now. Naked seatposts are sexy!
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I love it when people say REAL roadies don't use saddle bags/Brooks saddles/Camelbacks/bells, and that they always wear wool (or pro team) jerseys/ball-hugging shorts/$300 shoes. I've done about 30,000 miles wrong in the last few years
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