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Compact saddle bag for a road bike?

Old 04-29-14, 08:00 AM
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This is on my short list. So classy.

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Originally Posted by jkuper View Post
Take a look at Scicon bags
That works just like my Lezyne. I've been very happy with mine, it is out of the way and quiet.
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Hmm, although I do like the retro looks, on the bike. Dubious, functionality - not sure how I feel about unstrapping and unrolling and then restrapping every time I want to get at something.
I betcha it's not terribly light either. Great for lifestyle photoshoots, though.
Overpriced ridiculousness - CHECK!
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This is on my short list. So classy.

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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
This is on my short list. So classy.

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Wow, that is really nice. Really nice! But not paying $60 for it. I think I'll create my own, great idea though!
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
Hmm, although I do like the retro looks, on the bike. Dubious, functionality - not sure how I feel about unstrapping and unrolling and then restrapping every time I want to get at something. Great for lifestyle photoshoots, though.
Overpriced ridiculousness - CHECK!
Yeah I suppose if you get in the bag a lot then the strap wouldn't be ideal but we're talking leaving flat changing items in there. Hopefully you won't need that too often
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
This is on my short list. So classy.

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And by classy you mean doushy?
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
Wow, that is really nice. Really nice! But not paying $60 for it. I think I'll create my own, great idea though!
It would be kind of fun to make your own wouldn't it?
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
And by classy you mean doushy?
No I mean classy.
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Old 04-29-14, 10:15 AM
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Making your own Rapha bag is like sticking a Mercedes emblem on a Chevy
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Making your own Rapha bag is like sticking a Mercedes emblem on a Chevy
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Old 04-29-14, 10:26 AM
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If you're wanting really minimalist you might check out Backcountry Research Awesome Straps.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
Making your own Rapha bag is like sticking a Mercedes emblem on a Chevy
I don't think anyone said they were going to actually put Rapha on their home made bag. That would be douchy
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Thanks, all! There seem to be a lot of good choices. I'm currently looking at the Scicon Elan 210 for its compact size. I also visited my LBS but wasn't attracted to any of the bags they had in stock. (They had Topeak, Bontrager, Timbuktu and Specialized bags.) I will stop by REI tomorrow to see their selection.
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BBB T- Pack medium. Works well and does not flop around.
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I don't think it can get more minimalistic than Speedsleev:
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Simple Bontrager Pro in medium size. Fits one tube, levers, CO2 device plus spare, patch kit, compact tool. Does not look bad, comes off pretty quick. Maybe 3/4 the seat width so its out of the way, entire rear flips down for access. Plus it's hard to beat the warranty. I had the small one and it would have been fine with a patch kit+CO2 but not a tube+CO2.

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Originally Posted by pavemen View Post
Simple Bontrager Pro in medium size. Fits one tube, levers, CO2 device plus spare, patch kit, compact tool. Does not look bad, comes off pretty quick. Maybe 3/4 the seat width so its out of the way, entire rear flips down for access. Plus it's hard to beat the warranty. I had the small one and it would have been fine with a patch kit+CO2 but not a tube+CO2.

Hey, and it holds the light at a usable angle; so many don't, and it's a real peeve of mine.
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I think someone else mention the Lezyne Microcaddy. I'll second it - simple and snug saddle attachment, looks better on the bike than many bags I have tried in the past. Comes in a regular or small version - the small is really tiny but you can fit some CO2, tube and tire levers in it. They make a quick release version too.
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Originally Posted by SirHustlerEsq View Post
Check out your pockets, they work well.

Funny you should mention that. I was in a discount store the other day and on a whim looked at shorts - not cycling shorts, just casual shorts. I found some slim-cut black cargo shorts and it dawned on me...CARGO SHORTS! I've never owned a pair.

Yeah, I know people poke fun at them, like Crocs shoes and so forth, and yeah, I know this is the ROAD forum and not Commuting, but they're pretty cool. I'm not particularly slim but the shorts are much slimmer-fitting than the baggy shorts guys wear to weekend cookouts and baseball games or whatever. I'll wear them on my MTB for commuting but figure they will be also be good on top of cycling shorts for longer road rides when I want to carry more than will fit in my small under-seat road bike bag - pictured below. I got it at a local Performance Bike store.


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Mines a Blackburn, plenty small...yet big enough. There's a picture of it on my bike in my BF album. I usually cram a shiny brite thingee CO2 inflated & cartridge, a tube, 3 tire irons, a dinky multi tool, a few antacid tabs, etc, And use the tiny zippered compartment for house keys & whatever I think I'll need quickly (money?) without digging. The stretchy straps failed long ago & I use Velcro straps to tie on a light jacket if I don't want to stuff it in my jersey.

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Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
I'm not particularly slim but the shorts are much slimmer-fitting than the baggy shorts guys wear to weekend cookouts and baseball games or whatever. I'll wear them on my MTB for commuting but figure they will be also be good on top of cycling shorts for longer road rides when I want to carry more than will fit in my small under-seat road bike bag - pictured below.
The problem with putting things in shorts pockets is that they bounce around alot when you're riding. I used to wear MTB shorts on my road bike, and I could fit a fair amount in the pockets, but anything more than some cash, credit card, or microfiber cleaning cloth was uncomfortable to ride with.
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Information keeps coming in. No wonder I like the Bike Forums.

I've just ordered a Topeak Aero Wedge Micro. I have a Small on my Hybrid, and I wanted something smaller. I did buy a Timbuk2 small bag that's attached to the rails with velcro tapes, but I didn't like it too much. Returning it tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by sfrider View Post
Topeak F25 aero wedge small or Fizik ICS small if have a Fizik saddle.
I got an F11 Aero Wedge Micro today, but it turned out the F11 attachment didn't fit my Fi:zi:k saddle rails. I've just ordered a Fi:zi:k Pa:k (small). I should have read your reply more carefully - my saddle does have an integrated attacher slot!
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