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Saddle bags

Postby Chris_marshall » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:46 pm

Someone posted a picture of their bike and got some stick for having a fairly large saddle bag. Do you guys have saddle bags and if you do what size do you have?

I have a Specialized Wedgie which I think is just about the right size and I can get everything I need in without it looking to 'ugly'

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Danlikesbikes » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:06 pm

Used to use a topeak small bag for all my stuff. However now have 2 small leather cases. One with spare inner, CO2, levers, repair kit & tool the other has cash, keys, phone in and both are really small and fit in my jersey.

If you mean someone posted a photo in the 'you bikes' section then yes they probably did get a bit of stick but I've seen people get it for having lights on their bike or the wrong colour bar tape. Seems to be the form that part of BR & as long as people are not rude about another's pride and joy.
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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Wacky Racer » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:21 pm

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby TheFD » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:25 pm

I wouldn't worry about it if you have one. I do (small one) and nearly everyone I ride with has one. The one you are referring to was massive though! No need to have one as big as that.

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Camcycle1974 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:27 pm

Chris_marshall wrote:Someone posted a picture of their bike and got some stick for having a fairly large saddle bag. Do you guys have saddle bags and if you do what size do you have?

I have a Specialized Wedgie which I think is just about the right size and I can get everything I need in without it looking to 'ugly'


I would rather have a large saddle bag than be stranded miles from anywhere due to a mechanical. Mine's a Deuter XL btw!

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby thegreatdivide » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:28 pm

Was it VTech's frame bag/sail ;-)

I can get what I need into my back pockets regardless of ride length, but I’m going to get one of those Lezyne Micro’s for the Alps this summer. I don’t want a full jersey if I’m going to be sweating my ar$e off.
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Re: Saddle bags

Postby TheFD » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:31 pm

Camcycle1974 wrote:
Chris_marshall wrote:Someone posted a picture of their bike and got some stick for having a fairly large saddle bag. Do you guys have saddle bags and if you do what size do you have?

I have a Specialized Wedgie which I think is just about the right size and I can get everything I need in without it looking to 'ugly'


I would rather have a large saddle bag than be stranded miles from anywhere due to a mechanical. Mine's a Deuter XL btw!

Other than a power chain link, chain tool, spare inner x2, puncture repair kit (including tyre levers), co2 canisters or pump, multi tool what else would you need? A tyre - possibly but you could use a crisp packet to cover the hole for a while! Why would you need a large saddle bag?
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Re: Saddle bags

Postby roadiemk » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:34 pm

I use a Topeak hardcase one that attaches direct to the saddle rails only.
Small, but enough to carry the essentials, and does not scratch the seatpost too.

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Navrig » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:37 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:Was it VTech's frame bag/sail ;-)



Must be. That was hideous and ruined a perfectly good bike.

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby ThatBikeGuy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:47 pm

I have a "suitcase" strapped to my saddle at the moment, though i am looking for something a little smaller for the summer bike.
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Re: Saddle bags

Postby seanorawe » Wed Apr 03, 2013 13:54 pm

roadiemk wrote:I use a Topeak hardcase one that attaches direct to the saddle rails only.
Small, but enough to carry the essentials, and does not scratch the seatpost too.



Mine is similar from Decathlon. It clips on. My saddle is forward as much as it goes and it still just about clips on.

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Chris_marshall » Wed Apr 03, 2013 14:05 pm

Some good responses to this thread!

I have seen people with everything but the kitchen sink strapped to their bikes.

I like the bare minimum on my bike but don't really mind a saddle bag as it saves me carrying things in the pockets of my jersey.

It wasn't Vtechs thread it was xchudy_135 thread.

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby upperoilcan » Wed Apr 03, 2013 15:25 pm

I can get everything in my jersey pockets thankfully as i really do not like saddle bags no matter how small.
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Re: Saddle bags

Postby xchudy_1325 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 15:27 pm

haha think that was me getting the stick, personally i dont like anything on my person, so went for a large saddle pack, to carry what i need

EDIT: pic of my saddle rucksack

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby elderone » Wed Apr 03, 2013 15:53 pm

Grown men being bitchy about the size of a saddle bag,ffs get a grip.
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Re: Saddle bags

Postby xchudy_1325 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 16:25 pm

water of a ducks back with me, id rather have enough space than cram a smaller pack with what i need, its all personal preference and my current size is good for me, couldnt give 2 toots if others dslike it lol thats there choice

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Camcycle1974 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 16:26 pm

TheFD wrote:
Camcycle1974 wrote:
Chris_marshall wrote:Someone posted a picture of their bike and got some stick for having a fairly large saddle bag. Do you guys have saddle bags and if you do what size do you have?

I have a Specialized Wedgie which I think is just about the right size and I can get everything I need in without it looking to 'ugly'


I would rather have a large saddle bag than be stranded miles from anywhere due to a mechanical. Mine's a Deuter XL btw!

Other than a power chain link, chain tool, spare inner x2, puncture repair kit (including tyre levers), co2 canisters or pump, multi tool what else would you need? A tyre - possibly but you could use a crisp packet to cover the hole for a while! Why would you need a large saddle bag?


Spare tubes, puncture kit, waterproof. Everything but food basically. When not full I cinch it up with the velcro strap so best of both worlds.

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Danlikesbikes » Wed Apr 03, 2013 16:34 pm

xchudy_1325 wrote:haha think that was me getting the stick, personally i dont like anything on my person, so went for a large saddle pack, to carry what i need

EDIT: pic of my saddle rucksack

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TBH I was expecting something larger but that bag doesn't look that bad or big. Guess its all in the eye of the beholder really.
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Re: Saddle bags

Postby Hoopdriver » Wed Apr 03, 2013 19:45 pm

I like saddlebags - proper old style saddlebags. I use a Carradice Barley (7 litres) for regular rides, since I usually carry some photography gear for my blog, and for longer B&B touring have a Carradice Super-C (23 litres) saddlebag. I couldn't car less what the fashion is. I like these saddlebags and fir my purposes they are just about perfect.

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Re: Saddle bags

Postby lotus49 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 19:54 pm

upperoilcan wrote:I can get everything in my jersey pockets thankfully as i really do not like saddle bags no matter how small.

I'm with you.

I'd use one if I really needed to but I don't. I carry a mini pump/CO2 inflator + inner tube in the left hand pocket, Lezyne Stuff sack with multitool, puncture repair kit, chain link and money in my middle pocket and my phone and a flapjack in the right hand one. I could squeeze a bit more in if I needed to so I'll stick with my jersey pockets for the time being.


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