- Carradice Saddle bags for touring and the occasional off-road bikepacking trip??
I was thinking about getting a carradice saddle bag. I love that they are made in Lancashire and seem to be of very good quality. I imagine they will last a lifetime if treated right.
Does anyone have any experience with one? For touring/bikepacking?
Which one would you recommend?
Please share!Posted 4 years agoStirlingCrispinSubscriber
I’ve used a Camper Longflap just about every day for 16 years. Starting to look a wee bit tired on one of the pockets now.
I’ve used mine for overnights and hostelling trips. The weight is high, but right next to your normal centre of gravity so the impact on bike handling is minimal. I use a SQR block and use a bungee to stop sway.Posted 4 years ago
Is there a solution to get around having an SQR?
Will the bag just hang? (Thinking the Nelson is big enough for my needs at 18litres or so…)
But perhaps I should wait for these…?Posted 4 years ago
the sqr works very well.
Its better than the “Bagman” carrier
tha lpkit looks tidy, but the carradice super c has useful side pockets for easy access tools etc and I reckon is much tougher and rigid for strapping other stuff to. We used to lash a dry bag to the top to carry the day’s food in for example.Posted 4 years agoAtomizerSubscriber
Cass Gilbert http://www.whileoutriding.com has used a Carradice bag for various trips. Review here:
Posted 4 years agotinribzMember
Another long-flap camper,
If your gonna go Carradice you need support and for frack’s sake get the quick release one, yes it all adds to the cost but it means 10 seconds to attatch or take-off and no swaying. Last C2C one guy spent 20 mins each morning trying to attach his with string and elastic, and it would still come off every 5 miles.
Lighter than panniers, the weight is high but that only seems to be an issue if your pushing the bike.Posted 4 years agodisco_stuMember
I’e been using a Carradice Nelson for commuting for a few years now ( its also been using on a bike packing trip over the summer ) I can honestly say its one of the best things I’ve bought for my bike(s)
Make sure you go for the SQR Rack mount ,it allows you to remove/attach the saddlebag in seconds.Posted 4 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
If you’re local, it’s always worth dropping in at the factory in Nelson, as they probably still sell the seconds at decent reductions.
A couple of years ago I bought panniers for a C2C trip from the factory shop. They knocked 50% off for a bit or reflective patch being on upside down 😀Posted 4 years ago
Question for stoner and others with the sqr block. If I wanted to use a super c style bag rather than the sqr slim what bits would I need to attach it to the block which I got with the slim ?
Have been thinking about panniers as don’t really like sqr slim, but fancy the super c at 23 litresPosted 4 years ago
If you have the block on your post already, then you just need the SQR frame which fits to the leather buckle straps on the wooden dowel in the back of the Super C bag.
£15 in the accessoris sectionPosted 4 years ago
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