Handle Bar & Saddle Bags

Cyckit Aeroclam Underseat Bike Storage

Cyckit Aeroclam open image.web Cyckit came into being with the goal of creating a well-functioning, minimalist saddle bag without using cloth (or other pliant material), Velcro and zippers. To me, that’s a laudable goal, as just about every saddle bag I’ve ever used has eventually had problems with one or the other of those. The cloth and Velcro can wear out, causing the bag to either hang down or fall off completely, and zippers can easily get stuck when they get dirty, preventing you from getting to your tube, C02 and tools when needed.

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eoGEAR Top Tube Century Bag

eogear top tube century bag.web Recently, I discovered a light and very functional top tube bag, the eoGEAR Top Tube Century Bag, that holds a variety of energy bars, pens, keys, small batteries and whatever else a rider might want to stuff in it.  It's designed and made in America by DistanceBiker / eoGEAR proprietor and long-distance cyclist Richard Stum.

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Kinesis Rando Saddlebag

kinesis rando saddlebag photo.web I'm always looking for the perfect bike bag. My ideal satchel would combine unobtrusive looks with a capacious interior. It would ride lightly behind the saddle and adjust to loads ranging from a jacket, tube and tools to all the gear for a warm weather credit card tour. Choices have been limited. Either I settled for a small seat bag and stuffed my jersey pockets full of rain gear, or I used something large and unwieldy like a Carradice saddle bag that was most at home mounted to a Brooks B17 saddle, rubbed my thighs and swayed at each pedal stroke.

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Berthoud Model 22

berthoud22bagI began noticing these elegant bags in magazines dedicated to randonneuring, such as Jan Heine's Bicycle Quarterly. Then I rode with Jan during a trip to Seattle and admired his well-used Berthoud bag. I could see the usefulness for the long "adventure" rides I like to take in western Colorado. So I ordered one of the French-made beauties from Rene Herse Bicycles in Boulder, Colorado. The Berthoud Model 22 isn't the largest bag in the Berthoud line but for most riders it's the ideal size, fitting neatly between the front rack support and the handlebar.

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Acorn Bags Boxy Rando

acornrandobagMy long rides are typically brevets and permanents -- randonneuring events of at least 200 km (124 miles). These are unsupported, ridden in varying weather conditions and sometimes go into very remote areas. So I need to carry sufficient food, tools, clothing and spare parts. And I want to access stuff without needing to get off my bike and rummage through a pannier. I'd wanted to put a Boxy bag on my front rack but none met all my requirements. Then Acorn Bags announced its new Rando, which I selected.

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Baggins Adam Saddlebag

bagginsIn the 1930s, money and automobiles were scarce in England. A vacation often meant a bike tour. Cyclists could stay at inns or hostels so they didn’t need racks and panniers to haul camping gear. But they did need a way to tote 10 or 15 pounds on a bike used for other types of riding during the week. And so, the transverse saddlebag was born. For 50 years, few serious riders in the Blessed Isles were without a canvas bag swaying gently from loops in their leather saddles.

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