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Old 01-26-17, 02:06 PM
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Sold out. Not available on Amazon.
Anyplace else? I like it.
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
Sold out. Not available on Amazon.
Anyplace else? I like it.


I bought one from Silca, and another from alwaysriding.co.uk.


They are very hard to find right now. But well worth the effort if you can.
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I had some stylish bags that were aero and cool looking but when all was said and done, I went with this type of bag from Jandd.

Cool looking seat packs were nice but as a century rider, I needed enough space to carry 2 tubes, few tools, some drink mix and a bar. I can over stuff this kind of a bag but not the cool looking smaller hard case types.
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You must be in the minimalist camp for this option, but it is a pretty clever solution for the spare tube and tools:
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Originally Posted by dalava View Post
A boa?! I wish I could tell this bag to "not be such a roadie".

Also, I'd probably buy it if it was in stock.
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Don't the bags that only attach to the saddle rails rock back and forth and move around?

Mine have additional velcro to attach to the seatpost. I find that it holds them in place better so that they don't shift around.

No?


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Old 01-26-17, 11:42 PM
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I can't imagine the flopping about of the bags that just hang by two loops. My Axiom bag was the all-velcro-straps type (3 straps total,) and even that moved around too much for me. First, the top strap got replaced with a quick-release salvaged from a ripped Lezyne bag, then the seatpost straps got replaced with a bolt-on contraption I fashioned out of hardware and a reflector mount. If I'm going to have to take the stupid bag with me everywhere, I'm gonna make damn sure it's not making a ruckus.

...I don't really mean it's stupid. I can fit tons of stuff in my Axion Fondo H2O. The water bottle pouch is only in use during long summer rides, so it carries cargo the rest of the time-- Things I've fit in the water bottle carrier, on different occasions:

-numerous pairs of gloves
-jackets and vests
-five inner tubes
-two 700x28 folding tires
-a bunch of GoPro accessories
-two beef burritos

Honestly, if all I were carrying was a lever, CO2, and a tube, I wouldn't be mounting a bag at all.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Don't the bags that only attach to the saddle rails rock back and forth and move around?
Those bags are much smaller and cinch tightly against the seatpost. When packed full (always), there's simply no way for them to wobble.
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The best saddle bag is the one that can not be seen.
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Old 01-27-17, 07:48 AM
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FYI: to anyone interested in the Cyckit Aeroclam design and features but has been wanting more capacity, Cyckit sent an email a couple of weeks ago saying they are soon releasing an expanded capacity lower shell which can easily replace the standard shell on all models.

This is particularly neat since it allows quick switching to more or less capacity as the ride calls for.

I don't remember when ETA was, so contact Cyckit on that.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Don't the bags that only attach to the saddle rails rock back and forth and move around?

Mine have additional velcro to attach to the seatpost. I find that it holds them in place better so that they don't shift around.

No?


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No, as someone stated, they are cinched pretty tight.
My current one is the Arundel Uno:


But I need something that holds just a little more and is basically the same idea.
I have a Serfas bag that is fabulous, with straps and a 3rd velcro around the seatpost, but it looks doofy becaue of it's size.

The absolute worst thing is seeing people out there are super fabulous bikes but with giant saddlebags hanging loosely off the back, as you said, flopping about, like a giant ballsack.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
If given the choice-- and sometimes there isn't one, for example if you want a zebra print bag-- I will always prefer a clam style opening bag to an end-loader for the simpler packing and unpacking.

I also find the quick release Roller Mount Scicon uses to be a great ease-of-use item, which makes removing the bag (to take into a store/cafe, or just to access the stuff in it easier) a simple, quick task. No threading velco straps through seat rails, or fiddling around looking for the end of the strap to pull it free; just twist and go.

As a bonus, the Scicon Roller Mount integrates tire levers into the bag itself, making for one less thing to figure into the pack scheme. Convenient and tidy.

In the pic below, of the Scicon Elan Roller, you can see the ends of one tire lever where it slides under the mount on the bag. The other lever is directly below it, in a sleeve inside the bag.



Over the years, I have literally tried dozens of saddle bags. The SciCon is my absolute favorite for two reasons: 1. no risk of torn bib shorts rubbing against Velcro bag straps, and 2. with 4 bikes, it is easier to move the bag from one bike to the other using the roller mount system.


The only drawback is that the point where the mount platform attaches to the bag itself (not the roller that goes under the saddle, but the platform on the bag itself) is not sufficiently sturdy and it can detach from the bag. A Dremel tool and some zip ties can quickly fix the problem.
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Contains tubular tire, pump, tools incl. chain tool & pliers,

1st aid, tape, knife, patch kit, paper & pencil, zip ties, valve core, valve ext, quick link, etc..

500g
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Contains tubular tire, pump, tools incl. chain tool & pliers,

1st aid, tape, knife, patch kit, paper & pencil, zip ties, valve core, valve ext, quick link, etc..

500g
Can't see it. Attachments are now tiny sized.
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Buying a bag that needs to be modified with a dremel and reinforced with zip ties in order for it to work properly is a non starter for me.

I'd have thrown the thing in the garbage or returned it long before it got to that point.



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Here's my peeve- the little tube boxes don't fit the bags. Yeah, you can take 'em out, but I use the box to keep the tube from getting beat up while it's waiting 6 months for a flat to happen.
most peeps put the tubes in a ziplock bag and, within the seat pack, point the sharp bits of your tools in the opposite direction of the tube. not a guarantee but better than nothing.
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I have a timbuk2 seatpack on my hybrid and a bontrager elite (medium) bag on my road bike.

Bontrager Elite Medium Seat Pack | Trek Bikes
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Ortlieb Large:

These are very common in the PNW where we tend to do long rides in variable conditions. Saturday's 71 mile SIR ride will start at 35° and finish at 55°. Overflow from jersey pockets will go in this bag which will already have extra food, wallet, extra gloves, wind vest, 2 tubes, patch kit, boot kit, spare tire, and the usual small tools. This bag is waterproof, very durable, and clips easily from bike to bike.

Our tandem carries 3 bags: this bag, a small Co-Motion bag under the stoker stem, and a FuelBox on the captain's top tube.
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most peeps put the tubes in a ziplock bag and, within the seat pack, point the sharp bits of your tools in the opposite direction of the tube. not a guarantee but better than nothing.
Also test the valves to be sure they can be opened by hand and leave the valve caps on. Never had a tube damaged in the bag.
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I dust my tubes in baby powder, wrap them in saran wrap, and write the size on the plastic wrap with a sharpie.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Buying a bag that needs to be modified with a dremel and reinforced with zip ties in order for it to work properly is a non starter for me.

I'd have thrown the thing in the garbage or returned it long before it got to that point.



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I hear you, but as a counterpoint, I've not experienced that problem with either of the two SciCon bags with Roller mount. I've even been in two multibike crashes with one of them, the second of which broke the mount at the saddle, not the bag.

I'd just caution against making generalizations about SciCon based on one user's experience. Perhaps they had an earlier version than the current Roller 2.1, who knows?
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
Sold out. Not available on Amazon.
Anyplace else? I like it.
Competitive Cyclist has it on their website. I have my eye on it but I'm waiting for some reviews to come in before I chuck $50 on a new saddle bag.
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Competitive Cyclist has it on their website. I have my eye on it but I'm waiting for some reviews to come in before I chuck $50 on a new saddle bag.
To me, but not having tried it.. it looks like a lot of this bag's bulk is made up of the individual pockets and a lot of excess material. For similar size (by appearance), my Arundel dual holds a good amount more than shown here, including a 2nd tube, spoke wrench, patch kit and tire boots, tire levers, and some nitrile gloves. Also not clear if you can get anything out of this bag without removing it from the bike first?

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Competitive Cyclist has it on their website. I have my eye on it but I'm waiting for some reviews to come in before I chuck $50 on a new saddle bag.


I don't see it available at Competitive.


I'd recommend it as a great minimalist bag. I have 2 tubes (superlights), one lever, patches, small multi-tool, one tire boot, and a quick link in mine. And it's all in there pretty tight. If you use heavier tubes, you're only going to get one of them in there. If you need more than this in your bag, this is not the right one for you.


The waxed canvas material should be really durable. The boa closure system has a padded wrap to protect the saddle rails from the wire (and vice-versa), and the system holds the bag really tight to the saddle which eliminates any movement. The whole package is small, which is great for visual aesthetics as well as eliminating any leg-rubbing issues.


I have 2 of them, and am very happy with the product quality and design.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
To me, but not having tried it.. it looks like a lot of this bag's bulk is made up of the individual pockets and a lot of excess material. For similar size (by appearance), my Arundel dual holds a good amount more than shown here, including a 2nd tube, spoke wrench, patch kit and tire boots, tire levers, and some nitrile gloves. Also not clear if you can get anything out of this bag without removing it from the bike first?



Bag has to be removed from the bike to access contents.


I liked my Arundel Dual, except it would always slip out of the velcro strap that was supposed to secure it.
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