- Bikepacking Saddlebags
I’ve got a wildcat tiger on the back, It is great but I would recommend sticking with an 8L drybag rather than a 13L like I did initially.
You can put a 13L in it but is fiddly and if you get cold hands almost impossible.
Have got a revelate “sweet roll” on the front which is a great bit of kit.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
As above – the Tiger’s brilliant for light packers, really stable with an 8l bag. I have another MYOG job that’s more like the Alpkit bag type and though it’s not quite as tight once done up, it can be a more useable bag for the amount of kit some like to put in a saddle bag, or more regular stop-and-repack/faffers.
This looked potentially useful as a try-out idea – http://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2597Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
My 8L Airlok Xtra seemed to have plenty of spare strappage room on my Wildcat Tiger. A longer thin dry bag would probably have been fine. My 13L is a bit too wide I think.
I was very happy with 8L though – I put a load of heavy stuff in it (as I don’t use a frame bag) and it was really solid.
3 trips so far – about a 40th of the mileage that Jameso has put on his 😯Posted 4 years ago
I bought a large from them, used it a couple of times and found it too big, sold that and will be getting a medium for next year.Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Wildcat Tiger for me. I managed to squeeze my 13L drybag in it last weekend, with badly packed lumpy trainers, pair of jeans, jumper etc for a decent night in the pub. Panniers would have been more sensible in this situation, but meant I didn’t have to faff fitting the rack, and ultimately on the road bike it is a little more aero and lightweight.
i think they’re making a bigger version which is actually designed to take the 13L comfortably…Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
My setup for riding the LEL earlier this year:
Bar bag contained coat, thick gloves, leg warmers etc
Jaand Frame bag had all tools/spares and food in it
Top tube bag has GPS, USB dynanmo charger and some more food in it
Dry bag in the back had complete change of clothes and “overnight” stuff.
even if you have to still carry a backpack, you can get the heavy stuff onto the bike. If I could only have one of those bags, it’d be the Jaand, its fantastic.Posted 4 years agojonathanSubscriber
Wildcat Tiger here too, the larger one. Easily deals with 8 litre Exped bag. I can imagine squeezing a bigger bag into it at a push (as mentioned above). Stable enough to forget it’s there when loaded. Nice bit of kit.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Why would anyone put one of those beam racks on a bike, they are an awful design
because i am carrying kit for me and two kids and dont have a dedicated tourer with eyelets.Posted 4 years ago
Because those saddle bags are rather expensive for what they are if you are just giving it a try and I had one of those.
Your right though it is crap and i need a better solution
The bikepacking saddlebags are about 55 quid from the bikepack.eu link above.
Salsa (or maybe surly) do a seatpost clamp with rackmounts. But by the time you get one of them, axle fiitings, a rack and rackmount bags it is also getting (more) expensive.
Because those saddle bags are rather expensive for what they are if you are just giving it a try
You should keep an eye on the classifieds, I have been going through bikepacking gear like horra goes through bikes for the past couple of years 😉Posted 4 years agoFOGSubscriber
Now I know they are stunningly ugly but has anybody used the Carradice bags and supports? They make a rack type thing that you can use with their 16 litre bags but it looks as if you coul attach various types of dry bags to it. Oh, I think I said they were ugly but they do a q/r version so you can take it off as soon as you no longer need it.Posted 4 years agoadjustablewenchMember
have made diy seat bags for my two boys (had no problems until one of the ladder lock buckles i bought didn’t work properly – didn’t realise until it was actually being used :/ ) but always use a rack on my bike to take panniers if im riding with the boys or just with a drybag strapped to the top if its just me – not the lightest option but easyPosted 4 years ago
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