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Old 04-16-2021, 03:55 AM
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Love the Arundel bags - but the outer shell looks really nice. And I love things locally made. Had to try it.

Size comparison:


My typical road gear:


Room to spare:


Looks good:
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Old 04-16-2021, 06:41 AM
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thank you MandM for the photo.

it sure does look like it holds more than you might think it would for the size.

it definitely was a little pricey, but yes, supporting domestic small business is a nice thing if we can. can't wait to get mine!
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:11 AM
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Hey Nick I've been using the Topeak Aero wedges for years, love them becasue they are reasonably priced (I find them on Ebay) and more importantly they make 4 sizes. The Micro might be the best bet for you, that's the one I use for the basics. But I have each size for various types of rides because for example when I go camping and do long solo rides in the boonies I use the size large becuase it will hold everything you need for the potential of multiple flats. Simple design, bombproof including the zips. Because of the shape they just disappear, you don't even know they are there when riding, even the large. Best.

https://www.topeak.com/global/en/pro...ERO-WEDGE-PACK

I’m a big fan of these too. The Micro is my favorite for a road bike. Tried the clip on type to move betwixt bikes but like the strapped one better (stays on same bike). I can get two road tubes, a tool with chain breaker, a couple of stick on patches, a tire boot, and a chain link in there. I use a frame pump, but if you’re a CO2 guy, the cartridge(s)/inflator might have to replace one of the tubes.
These have “big mouth” access from the rear of the pack. Frankly, I don’t care at all to have to take a pack off the bike to get something out as it is just another thing to keep from losing whilst doing a road side repair.
Lost an Arundel Duo once mid ride. Replacement had a revision that included a little sewn on strap to thread the velcro-ed strap through, presumably to fix that problem. Nice pack that holds all I need, but then it has the ‘remove to access contents’ issue.
Also like the old Pearl Izumi seat bags. Alas, they quit making those years ago.


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Old 04-16-2021, 08:27 AM
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Do you guys have any "secrets" for keeping tubes in a saddlebag? I get flats infrequently, but once upon a time I wore through a tube because it was bouncing around somewhat. I keep tubes in my pocket now, and carry 2 co2, levers, multi tool and patch kit in my saddle bag. Just curious.
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:28 AM
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Do you guys have any "secrets" for keeping tubes in a saddlebag? I get flats infrequently, but once upon a time I wore through a tube because it was bouncing around somewhat. I keep tubes in my pocket now, and carry 2 co2, levers, multi tool and patch kit in my saddle bag. Just curious.
Put tubes in a small zip-lock bag before putting them in a saddle bag.
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Old 04-16-2021, 10:45 AM
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Before putting my spare tubes in a plastic bag (which I then wrap tight with some electrical tape), I add talcum powder. Makes seating the tire over the tube much easier.
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:23 PM
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Do you guys have any "secrets" for keeping tubes in a saddlebag? I get flats infrequently, but once upon a time I wore through a tube because it was bouncing around somewhat. I keep tubes in my pocket now, and carry 2 co2, levers, multi tool and patch kit in my saddle bag. Just curious.

I tried just a plastic bag with a rubber band but had the same issues as if no bag at all. I since have been wrapping my tubes in tyvek (cut from old race numbers, usps envelopes) with a rubber band. The tyvek also serves as a tire boot- which I've never needed.

From what i'm reading, I think ill upgrade my rubber band to electrical tape. Seems much more versatile.

Also have gotten into the habit of inflating and verifying tubes before they go in the bag. Had a bad tube / dried glue combo one day that was no fun at all.
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:48 PM
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Just to keep the thread going, Outershell and ILE (both above) are great. But don't forget the classic Jandd mini mtn wedge:

https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMMW

That's what all the cool kids used to use back in the day. It's durable, proven, and inexpensive (and I assume, still made in the US?). They also have larger seat bags, but this is the one that "everyone" had.
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Old 04-16-2021, 03:30 PM
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Just to keep the thread going, Outershell and ILE (both above) are great. But don't forget the classic Jandd mini mtn wedge:

https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMMW

That's what all the cool kids used to use back in the day. It's durable, proven, and inexpensive (and I assume, still made in the US?). They also have larger seat bags, but this is the one that "everyone" had.
That looks like what I had decades ago! Would love another one! Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2021, 04:02 PM
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As a long term Jandd user/fan; I think I'm on my third its the Standard Tool kit model; the one complaint I have is about the velcro straps which:
  • can wear out before the bag does, especially with frequent adjustment/removal
  • can trash an expensive pair of bibs if strap unwittingly comes undone (its happened)
  • the seatpost attachment loop will wear the finish off seatpost
Otherwise I like everything else about the Jandd bags, but it's a big caveat. Definitely would look at the Outershelll, Orucase or similar bags that use the Voilé ski strap type attachment for my next seat pack purchase.

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Just to keep the thread going, Outershell and ILE (both above) are great. But don't forget the classic Jandd mini mtn wedge:

https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMMW

That's what all the cool kids used to use back in the day. It's durable, proven, and inexpensive (and I assume, still made in the US?). They also have larger seat bags, but this is the one that "everyone" had.

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Old 04-19-2021, 02:38 PM
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UPDATE.

Outershell is perfect. Tucks right up in there. I did have to run it upside down from it's intended position, but all good.

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