Carradice Barley Saddlebag review

Classic luggage carrier

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£39.95 RRP
Carradice Barley Saddlebag

Our review

Durable, rainproof bag that's better with more support
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Let the fashion police scoff. Saddlebags let you add useful carrying capacity to any bike – road, mountain or folder, as well as tourer. Smaller ones like this 550g Barley are perfect as day bags for sportive and audax rides or as luggage for credit card touring. 

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The 7-litre capacity is divided into a main pocket the size of a shoebox and two small side pockets, while six D-rings on the lid let you strap on more stuff. There’s also a tab for an LED light and a reflective patch.

The bag is made from cotton duck, which is rainproof and very durable, with leather straps. A wooden dowel gives the top its shape. 

To fix it to your bike, two leather straps go around this and through your saddle’s bag loops, while a third goes around the seatpost. Lacking bag loops, we had to use the saddle rails – which works, but the bag can sway and brush the back of your thighs. 

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A Bagman Quick Release Sport rack (£36.95 from Carradice) prevents this, or you could get a Brroks saddle with bag loops and complete the old-school ensemble.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Barley Saddlebag
Brand Carradice