What saddlebag/size for this amount of stuff?

DVV Posts: 126
edited July 2009 in Road buying advice
I am looking to buy a saddlebag for the road bike and was wondering if anyone had any reccomendations -particularly with regards to size. I had originally intended to get a Topeak Aero Wedge - I am hoping I could get away with a small - but is there anything else I should be looking at?

I am looking to put the following into the bag:

1 x Inner tube
Tyre levers
Puncture kit (in plastic bag)



  • DVV
    DVV Posts: 126
    Hmm.. these look ok too:

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBC ... spid=41642

    And slightly larger than the Topeak small (~50cc vs ~40cc)
  • zoso7
    zoso7 Posts: 66
    I have the specialized mini Wedge and i can just squeeze in 1 tube, my multitool, phone and keys and that is a tight fit.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    You'll get all that stuff in a pretty small pack. I prefer my phone in my top though, Just wrap it in a plastic sandwich bag for waterproofedness.
  • bikerZA
    bikerZA Posts: 314
    I personally prefer to have it all in the pockets of my cycling shirt.. Get a shirt that has the pocket split into 3 compartments, innter tube and tyre levers go in the middle, phone goes in the left along with a food bag with a tenner, leaves enough room for some food in the right hand pocket!
  • DVV
    DVV Posts: 126
    Yeah, but I can fill up the saddle pack and leave it attached to the bike, for a speedy getaway, rather than having to collect everything and stuff my jersey each time...
  • bobtbuilder
    bobtbuilder Posts: 1,537
    If you ditch the wallet and take cash & a card instead, you should be able to get it all in a small pack like the Mini Wedge from Specialized.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Each of my bikes has a saddle pack with spare tubes in. Then I just grab my lil tool bag and we're good to go.
  • pabloweaver
    pabloweaver Posts: 444
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Lezyn ... 360040995/

    or one of the other small ones ( slightly different fastening ). http://www.lezyne.com/index.php/product ... ddy-3.html

    I have one of the green ones and it fits tube, levers, patches, 2 allen keys and front door key. ( it has loads of little stash away compartments inside and out )

    spare phone ( skinny and small one ) goes in zip lock bag in rear pocket .

    if you get the zipvit promotion, the bags are very very good for using for this purpose ( once washed out of course! )

    Great club in and around the Warrington area.
  • DVV
    DVV Posts: 126
    Ok, I got the Specialized mini wedge - they had it in my LBS and it looked a decent enough size when I had a butchers. On trying to use it the shape of it makes things awkward, but I can get:

    Tyre Levers
    Patches, glue, spare chainlink
    Spare tube

    ...but no wallet. On the plus side it is quite small, and looks quite nice on the bike. I suspect a medium sized Topeak would have been more than I need - I don't mind having lots of luggage on the MTB but I don't want to be weighed down on the roadie.

    Thanks all for your help!
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    DVV - if you put the tube inside a sanwich bag - it slides in really easy. May help you squeezw just a bit more in ?

    Not sure about the phone in the bag though - it could get v wet there and bouncing around all day with a multi tool would spoil my nice shiny mobile.