Saddle Bag.

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Dandelionclock30
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Saddle Bag.

Postby Dandelionclock30 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 13:09 pm

Hi,Any recommendations for a nice biggish saddle bag? for day long outings. I dont like carrying heavy backpacks as I've got a bad back.I just wondered if anyone had bought on ethat they thought was very ggod.Thanks.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby mcnultycop » Tue Jan 01, 2013 13:53 pm

I don't think you can fit enough stuff in a saddle bag, no matter how large, for a day long outing.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Dandelionclock30 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:03 pm

Well I usually take a rucksack containing 2 drinks,( flask and a bottle), sandwiches/nibbles etc.Phone,purse,suncream/moisturiser etc.Pump. Thin fleece and sometimes a jacket, if Im not wearing it. I dont think thats a massive amount to carry in a saddlebag.
My current saddle bag is very small and I carry in that a multi tool, tire leavers and a tube.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Greer_ » Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:29 pm

Dandelionclock30 wrote:Well I usually take a rucksack containing 2 drinks,( flask and a bottle), sandwiches/nibbles etc.Phone,purse,suncream/moisturiser etc.Pump. Thin fleece and sometimes a jacket, if Im not wearing it. I dont think thats a massive amount to carry in a saddlebag.
My current saddle bag is very small and I carry in that a multi tool, tire leavers and a tube.


You will never get that into a saddle bag! Are you thinking of panniers or something?

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Dandelionclock30 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:45 pm

No, lol, I as thinking a large version of a saddle bag.I've had a look on wiggle and they seem to be about £50-£60Plus which is a bit steep IMO.
I think I might have to stick to my rucksack and small saddle bag!

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Newfish » Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:51 pm

This comes in three sizes, I have the middle one which fits a fair bit in, the large one is even bigger though so might suit your needs. Good little bit of kit too.
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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Dandelionclock30 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:59 pm

Got one like that on my bike now!. I dont think even the large one would be able to get all my stuff in.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Cat With No Tail » Tue Jan 01, 2013 17:16 pm

You've got absolutely fuckall chance of fitting all that into a saddle bag.

Just spend your money on a decent hydration pack with good support, compression straps, waist/chest straps etc. Having a bad back needn't mean you can't wear a backpack.

Something like this for example (I've got one and it's without a doubt the comfiest bag I've ever worn, you forget you have it on):
http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/bx1greengrey

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby eddiefiola » Tue Jan 01, 2013 17:27 pm

Maybe something more suited to Bike Backpacking? Was looking here the other day http://forums.mtbr.com/bikepacking-bike-expedition/ and there are a few bag threads in there, couple of UK shop picks from one thread http://www.bike-bag.co.uk/ http://wildcatgear.co.uk/

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Carl170 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 20:55 pm

I think the key is removing the weight off your back and putting it on the bike.

I use a saddlebag which holds my inflator, toolkit, tyre levers, mobile phone and puncture kits. This weights quite a bit when it is full, but it is better than weight on my back. I also carry a water bottle in a cage. I have seen a bottle mount which mounts on the stem, which would allow you to carry a second bottle.

I also use a Lowe alpine Mesa runner waist pack and can easily fit a fleece, waterproof, wallet,keys, energy bar and pump. Still a bit of room too! The beauty of it is you forget it's there around your waist, and you don't sweat like you seem to with a Pack on.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby The Northern Monkey » Tue Jan 01, 2013 20:58 pm

I think you need an aussie trailer train if you're carrying that much!

Or maybe a support car.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Dandelionclock30 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 21:13 pm

LOL.
Im not a person to travel light, havent you ever seen how much stuff women carry in their bags?
Yeah maybe I should just get a support vehicle to accompany me.lol.
IMO you cant go out for the day on the moors without all the basics in case something happens.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby neil_sheehan2000 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:38 am

Carradice do some truly huge saddle bags. The biggest I think is this one. The website may be worth a look.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Dandelionclock30 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:02 pm

Thanks Cats. :D
I've gone with the Wildcat tiger initially http://wildcatgear.co.uk/ and I'm giving serious thought to one of the Ergon backpacks as well, but I will have to wait until my birthday in Jan before I can get one.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby pmk_travel » Tue Jan 29, 2013 17:09 pm

How secure are these saddle packs? Thinking of buying one. but i don't want it coming off on bumpy trails/downhill. Then not realising until your back at the car,lol.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby mrmonkfinger » Fri Feb 01, 2013 15:01 pm

"Fairly" secure. I've used saddlebags for years and never lost anything.

I have one of these http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pa ... duct_id=34

which

(1) looks ridiculous
(2) can happily carry an extra jacket & thermals along with a decent amount of food & drink supplies, plus a small toolkit and spare tubes and whatnot
(3) did I mention it looks ridiculous?

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby Lagrange » Fri Feb 01, 2013 15:12 pm

I nicked a handlebar bag when I hired a bike in San Francisco I keep food and camera in it - tools under the seat, water in the bottles. Perfectly good enough and easy access.

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Re: Saddle Bag.

Postby cooldad » Fri Feb 01, 2013 15:17 pm

Lagrange wrote:I nicked a handlebar bag when I hired a bike in San Francisco I keep food and camera in it - tools under the seat, water in the bottles. Perfectly good enough and easy access.
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