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  • I had a look around and couldn't find a thread specifically about saddlebags (or one of the above variations on the spelling) so thought I'd make one for people to stick them in.

    Any type of saddlebag welcome but I'm more interested in handmade/home-made or adapted bags.

    I'm currently having a play with a Bell handlebar bag that I picked up from ASDA for £7 the other day with the idea of creating a saddlebag that will comfortably hold enough kit on medium sized rides.

    This bag would be pretty ideal to just whack straight on the back of a Brooks (or other saddles with bag loops) but seeing as I'm using a standard railed saddle I'll be making an adapter of some sort.
    I came across a post by Velocio about Carradice, who make a really good range of bags but they also do all of the adapters and accessories required for most bags. The ones I thought looked best were:

    and

    So I'm going to have a play and see if I can make something that will do the same job.

    The other thing I'm considering is adding a velcro loop on the back of the bag to secure it to the seatpost, but I'll give it a try without to find out if it's necessary.
    I'm going for budget on this bag (and probably any other I make/adapt as I don't have much money and I don't believe you need to spend a lot if you're good with your hands.

  • Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo.

  • what the difference between a buffalo and a bison?

  • That should kill it

  • I should report you lot. Although I should have expected it.

  • i have 2 saddlebags.

    both are from carradice.

    the zip roll - perfect for tools and a shirt for work, tools, munch and a couple of layers for rides.
    small, no support needed, super useful.
    http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pag­e_id=product&under=range&product_id=59

    the camper longflap - huge, enormous, cavernous bag with room to strap loads of extra bits too.
    24 litres, took it on a 4 day tour last year, wicked bag.
    needs support mind.
    http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pag­e_id=product&under=type&product_id=35

    i had been using those cyclo-loops on my fizik until they snapped.

    now i just loop the straps through the seat rails. still works.

  • Nice looking bags from Carradice, just a shame I can't afford them!

    I vaguely recall seeing a thread with a couple of posts from someone who'd either made their own saddle bag or adapted a bag and it looked really good. The problem is that this was probably more than a year ago and I can't find it anywhere!

  • Not sure if it would be considered a saddle bag but the ortileb large one looks good. Holds around 2.8 litres which should be enough for a couple of days if you pack light.

  • So Skive, do you use a Bagman support for your large bag? If so, how do you attach it?

    Looking into something around a 15 litre, but no strap hoops on my Rolls saddle, so I'm looking at options for attachment.

  • You can get a bagman with clips on the top. That's how I attach a longflap to a Fizik.

  • With clips which fit onto rails instead of loops? Good stuff!

  • So Skive, do you use a Bagman support for your large bag? If so, how do you attach it?

    Looking into something around a 15 litre, but no strap hoops on my Rolls saddle, so I'm looking at options for attachment.

    http://www.carradice.co.uk/products/othe­r/bagman

    one of these.
    straps go through the metal loops.
    unit attaches to the saddle rails.

    you can get the cheaper one and run the loops straight through the rails.

    there are a ton of mods on the net that people have come up with.

  • Not sure if it would be considered a saddle bag but the ortileb large one looks good. Holds around 2.8 litres which should be enough for a couple of days if you pack light.

    I just got one. for tools, a jacket and a couple of other sundries for a long ride it's perfect but way too small for anything more than an out and back one day trip.

  • Have ever tried wash your hands in a buffalo?

  • It's a shame that no one does a cheaper saddle bag really.

  • Cheers both.

  • Loops aren't necessary. I use some self-bonding rubber tape as little grips just below the end of the saddle rails (to stop bag straps from sliding forward down the rails). Peasy.

  • I've got a Carradice Zipped Roll. Very useful, but if I were to find one cheap, I'd get a Junior to replace it. It's just a tiny bit too small, and the single horizontal zip on a cylinder shaped bag means it's hard to get anything big in or out, also makes it difficult to rummage.

    Top tip: To fit your Mini Evo in a Zipped Roll, remove the shackle from the barrel.

  • These Zimbale offerings look spiffy, to say they are a 'rip-off' of Carradice. Lovely workmanship.
    http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2010/04/z­imbale-vs-carradice.html

  • http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/saddleba­g_support.asp

    "... strong enough to hold a goose"

    Can't say fairer than that!

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