Recommend me a good large seat bag….
After a shoulder op I find wearing a back pack very uncomfortable ( feels like the straps are made of thorns) and have resorted to using water bottles, a small seat pack and pockets for the essentials.
Now I have built an all day road / cx bike I want a seat bag to carry my things like a jacket, food, spare tube and tools and even the bare essentials if I do an overnighter (credit card style).
I like the look of the revelate ones but seem they may be a little difficult to get hold off and pricey
Wildcat ones look good and uk based, reasonable to higher price but maybe worth it if the quality is high
Polish Bikepack looks good, again non uk so could again be a little hassle getting hold of
Finially Ortlieb large classic looks good, not sure on total carry size but price seems good.
Any recommendations or any I have missed?Posted 4 years agomansonsoulMember
Before you completely disregard backpacks, I’d have a good look at Wingnut packs. The harness design puts the weight on your hips, they are very stable and extremely comfortable in my experience. If not, I’ve had some experience with Wildcat and think they are fantastic.Posted 4 years agotinribzMember
Use a Carradice zipped roll. Large enough for a small camera, light weight jacket, pump tools and squashed cheese sarnies. Small enough to stop you taking the kitchen sink. I’ve a Camper long-flap for tours and a Junior spare if your interested (£20), not used it because it’s bigger than I thought and I just the Camper instead. You need to splash out on a support but they work for all the bags.
Alternatively you can get a bar bag, which are about the right size, and find a seat post adapter to mount it on.Posted 4 years ago
The bike-packing style ones are not really what you want for day rides, too bulky and not easy to get into.
 I actually have the bikepack.pl one and a wildcat tiger [/edit]
Consider getting a frame bag or partial frame bag, Revelate do the tangle (easy to buy direct or there is a UK importer) or maybe alpkit, theirs will be custom so you can get it the size/shape you need. Means you can leave the current seat pack on all the time with the essentials in (tools, tube, etc.)Posted 4 years agochudsyMember
I use a sqr tour for commuting and really like it. Have tools and spares in one side pouch, lights and a snack in ther and there is enough room for a change of clothes and shoes in main section with a separate pocket for wallet keys and phone. The side pouches are not the most secure things ever but I’ve not lost anything yet.Posted 4 years ago
Frame bags are not ideal if you want to carry water bottles.
Manage fine on my road/tourer/cross bikes (which is what the OP has), plus with the alpkit one you can customise the fit. Rear bottle can be more difficult with a full bag but you just stop and swap them over.Posted 4 years agoSimonRSubscriber
Just bought a Revelate Tangle (small one) and a Wildcat Tiger. Between them thsy should carry enough for a couple of overnights (not camping though!) with only a minimal load on my back (bladder, waterproof plus snacks).
Both are very well made, fitting is excellent (easy and very stable) – they’ll get their first proper outing this weekend 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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