- Saddle bag V frame bag
I’m doing an event (Dirty Reiver) later this year which will involve carrying a bit more gear than I normally would on a road sportive.
The kit list mandates taking a waterproof, survival blanket, extra layer etc. I’ll take a couple of inner tubes and a few other bits and pieces.
It’s obviously going to be a bit too much for back pockets and my usual compact saddle bag. I’m thinking a bag of about 3-4 litre capacity will be required and I like the look of the Restrap ones. I definitely don’t want to wear a backpack.
So should I be getting a saddle bag or a frame bag? Restrap do a 4l saddle bag and their medium and large frame bags are 3.5l and 4.5l. Any advice gratefully received!Posted 1 month ago
The weight is central between the wheels with a frame bag, not out back and its lower down than a saddle bag. No sway and its aero. I’d definitely start with a frame bag and see if it fits in. Just make sure you’ve got clearance fro your waterbottles. With a large, all the way to the seat tube, you might not be able to clear a large bottle only standard or look at a side entry bottle on the seat tube mounts. On my Spesh 58 Roubaix and Singular Swift Large there is room for a medium bidon in the seat tube and a large one on the down tube. Depends on your frame size obviously. But check that if you carry a lot of fluids. Alternatively go full frame bag and bladder.
I used a Carradice Barley for a while off the back of a Brooks, and its nice and roomy – great for commuting clothing etc, but it jigs about a bit, the frame bags are silent. Same with a Revelate pack, there’s a bit of noise and sway.
If you need any more space a ‘feed bag’ is usefull for food to hand or a bottle right up by you. I have a the Revelate one, and although its more expensive, you can see its on a mark 4 or something. There are side pockets for wrappers, and the inside lining pops out for when you’ve left an old banana skin in their 2 weeks later, plus its padded if you put electronics in. Both make for a very civilised afternoon riding.Posted 1 month agomoorsey72Member
Doing the dirty reiver 200 having failed to make it the past 2 years. alpkit possum and top tube bag at the mo but might add either a front rack and carradice or small seatpack. Either way I’ll make a decision and do a fair amount of miles with the setup in place before the ride.Posted 1 month agok1100tMember
I fitted a Restrap medium frame bag and top tube bag to my RAG+ last night. I’m about to head out on a ride, I’ll post you a photo of what it looks like when i get back. As has already been noted, I can no longer fit a 750ml bottle on the down tube, but I can on the seat tube.
The AlpKit Possum is much smaller, so maybe looks to be a better option, if you want to meet the event requirement of being able to carry 1.5L of water.Posted 1 month agomontgomeryMember
Frame bag and side entry cages would be my choice. My half frame bag lives permanently on the bike.Posted 1 month ago
I’ll take a couple of inner tubes
You are doing it tubeless though right?
Two things you see during dirty reiver. ALOT of people fixing punctures.
Alot of ejected bottles DO not compromise on bottle cages. Side entry cages might be fine but you don’t want to look down and see no bottles.Posted 1 month ago
Yes, I’ll be running tubeless but I suppose carrying an inner tube or two will still be necessary.
Sounds like a frame bag might be the way to go. My bike is a fairly big size so hopefully the bottle carrying capacity won’t be too badly affected. As has been said, you’re supposed to be able to carry 1.5l so two big bottles.Posted 1 month agodamascusMember
I have a frame bag on my bike all the time (myog perfect fit but it’s xl frame so lots of space).
When I need extra space I add a saddle bag. If I need more I add a stem bag and a Handlebar bag which also acts as a map but it isn’t very aero.
The benefits for me are I can access my frame bag while riding and it doesn’t have to be waterproof as it isn’t directly in the way of water. It’s also a bit more aero but can make side winds trickier.Posted 1 month agotjagainMember
A frame bag is often easier to get things in and out of. If you want a cheap one to try I can recommend the ibera ones. Only seem to be available on amazon unfortunatelyPosted 1 month ago
If worried about the security of water bottles/cages, you could always go full size frame bag ang put a bladder in there.Posted 1 month ago
I can put 2x1L nalgene bottles in my frame bag, because it’s central you barely notice the weight when riding.
Also means you don’t need to worry about sheepshit on the water bottles.
Sheep doo doo? That brings Giardia. Watery diarrhoea…
Had a similar problem with Horse poop, the Elite Corsa comes with top caps that keep it clean. Take a bit of finding. The plastic bit is still a pull with your teeth job that could be expensive at the dentist. I think the Camelback Podium’s are better in that regard – you just squeeze it and it comes out the soft mouth piece. They do one with a cap, called a Dirt version that would be worth searching out. The cap is smaller than the Corsa Elite one that covers the whole top though.
If it’s a bit ‘contaminated’, Mudhuggers front and rear will keep the poop out of your eyes as well as keeping your fork stantions clean (less servicing) and a dry butt if its wet.
Looked at my Swift (L) again. 19″ frame I think. Two 750ml Corsa Elites fit. The one on the seat tube just pushes in, snug to the bottom of the full length frame bag. You’d have to measure yours obviously, but although its a slight wiggle pushing it in, it can’t fall out easily. I use a smaller one on short rides.
Full frame bag and a bladder & pipe you wouldn’t regret having. Tools, tubes, decent pump, repair kits and tyre levers, keys, Iphone, a few spares, Pertex windproof top and a thin fleece and my Restrap is stuffed. Fine for inclement day rides, anything more and a bigger frame bag would be just betterer.Posted 1 month ago
I’ve a large Restrap frame bag in a large Swift and 58 Roubaix. Looking again i can see that the seat tube bottle cage i swapped for a side opener to wriggle the 750ml bottle in, after finding i couldn’t get a big bottle in easily. Elite cannibal xc i think and the normal one on the down tube a ‘custom race’ one. Scuse the level bars – bad back. Swift is about 55 between tubes, Roubaix 51 ish, you could prob get a large in. Croix must have more seat tube than a typical mtb.Posted 1 month ago
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