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Tried the search and didn't help. So what is your ideal of the best seat bag?
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I have the Topeak seat bag with the quick-click connector-
http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/AeroWedgePack_DX_medium
The bag goes on and off the bike really quickly which is important to me when im putting the bike in and out of the bike stand (bag gets in the way when clamping the stand to the seat post). Plus if im using the camelback, i can easily leave the seat bag home. I had a different one with the straps that go on the seat rails and it was pain putting it on and taking it off and the bag moved around alot on the trails. The topeak locks in place and doesnt move. Plus it has waterproof zippers.
 

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BigRuckus said:
I have the Topeak seat bag with the quick-click connector-
http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/AeroWedgePack_DX_medium
The bag goes on and off the bike really quickly which is important to me when im putting the bike in and out of the bike stand (bag gets in the way when clamping the stand to the seat post). Plus if im using the camelback, i can easily leave the seat bag home. I had a different one with the straps that go on the seat rails and it was pain putting it on and taking it off and the bag moved around alot on the trails. The topeak locks in place and doesnt move. Plus it has waterproof zippers.
I found a couple of the Topeaks at REI scratch and dent sale with broken clips, picked one up for $2. Jury rigged it with a zip tie under the clip mounting plate. It's awesome. PLENTY big (iphone, clifbar, Crank Bros mini-pump, mini tool, patch kit), and absurdly big if you unzip the expandable part (add a tube to the list). Great for no backpack days.
PS. I thought the rubber Topeak logo was silly and removed it. The bag has a great profile. Just beware your clip may break but it's easily jury rigged.
 

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I was wanting a Topeak wedge bag but after reading the reviews on here I thought they were junk, might have to try one for myself and see.
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A camelback carries much more stuff, I tried the seat bag, it just doesn't hold enough stuff.. you can never have enough stuff, the one thing you left behind is the thing you need the most on the day you left it behind. good luck
 

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I prefer the kind that is held on with straps and velcro, not the fixed kind. Even tho I run tubeless, I always carry a spare tube in there in case me or someone else needs it, a Leatherman with long nose pliers for cactus spines and a knife blade to slit cougar throat, and a multi tool. That way I have always got those basic necessities. I put everything else in my Camelbak, of which I have a small and a large one depending on the length of ride...
 

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I like the Lezyne L-Caddy. Narrow but tall, with little compartments to separate items so they don't rattle.
 

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manabiker said:
A camelback carries much more stuff, I tried the seat bag, it just doesn't hold enough stuff.. you can never have enough stuff, the one thing you left behind is the thing you need the most on the day you left it behind. good luck
You sound like the perfect riding partner for those of us who prefer to not carry much of anything.
 

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manabiker said:
A camelback carries much more stuff, I tried the seat bag, it just doesn't hold enough stuff.. you can never have enough stuff, the one thing you left behind is the thing you need the most on the day you left it behind. good luck
You can pack a ton in a small seat bag, and strap other stuff to your bike. I try with all my might to not carry a backpack. Even on very long rides, I use 2-3 larger water bottles in cages, strap tubes to my stem and seat post, tie a rain jacket and/or extra shirt to my handle bars, pump on bottle cage bosses, and keep all tools, spare parts, etc. in the seat bag.

I'd say I have a small size seat bag...I have a chain breaker, small multi-tool, loose allens from 1.5mm through 8mm, mini phillips and flat screwdriver, extra chain links, extra power links, small bottle of chain lube, 2 tire levers, rag, patch kit, extra valve stems/cores, T25 torx wrench, CO2 inflator (the cartridge usually goes in a pocket), brake pad seperator, chainring nut tool, and other small odds and ends. It fits extremely tight, but it fits. (The bag I've got is awesome, but I have no idea what brand it is. I really want another one.) I really can't think of needing anything else unless something catastrophic happens...at least I haven't needed anything else yet. I have strapped a first aid kit to my frame before, but I typically let a friend carry that in their back pack.

If I need a bunch of food. I typicall double stack seat bags, and put my lunch in a larger cheap seat bag that doesn't need the burliness of the bag that carries my tools.
 

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Even on very long rides, I use 2-3 larger water bottles in cages, strap tubes to my stem and seat post, tie a rain jacket and/or extra shirt to my handle bars, pump on bottle cage bosses, and keep all tools, spare parts, etc. in the seat bag.

I'd say I have a small size seat bag...I have a chain breaker, small multi-tool, loose allens from 1.5mm through 8mm, mini phillips and flat screwdriver, extra chain links, extra power links, small bottle of chain lube, 2 tire levers, rag, patch kit, extra valve stems/cores, T25 torx wrench, CO2 inflator (the cartridge usually goes in a pocket), brake pad seperator, chainring nut tool, and other small odds and ends.
Somewhat off topic, but it sounds like you could do quite a bit of consolidation there. The chain breaker, loose allens, philips & flat screwdrivers, and torx wrench could all be accommodated on even a modest multi tool. The valve stems are redundant if you already are carrying extra tubes, second tire lever is unnecessary (or possibly any depending on your multi tool), C02 is completely unnecessary if you have a pump already, and I'm not even sure what a chainring nut tool is but I'm sure I've never needed one.

I'm all for over preparedness when it matters, but I'd rather be prepared for a wider variety of problems than carry redundant gear.
 

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Somewhat off topic, but it sounds like you could do quite a bit of consolidation there. The chain breaker, loose allens, philips & flat screwdrivers, and torx wrench could all be accommodated on even a modest multi tool. The valve stems are redundant if you already are carrying extra tubes, second tire lever is unnecessary (or possibly any depending on your multi tool), C02 is completely unnecessary if you have a pump already, and I'm not even sure what a chainring nut tool is but I'm sure I've never needed one.

I'm all for over preparedness when it matters, but I'd rather be prepared for a wider variety of problems than carry redundant gear.
I've got a different opinion. I try to pack minimally, but I think about what I bring.

Tools are different for everyone. I hate multi tools, and somtimes having two of the same size is extremely helpful, hence me getting a small multi tool to accompany the loose bits. There are actually a few places that larger multi tools can't fit anyway, or just become a major hassle.

Chain breaker...so small it doesn't matter, and I've never used a multi tool chain breaker that works nearly as well or quick as a specific one.

Small screwdrivers...they are smaller than the ones on the multi-tool. The small flat head is probabaly the most used item in my bag.

I run tubless. Extra valves are worhwhile if one breaks...i can pop a new one in and reseat with CO2. If stuff gets worse (or the bead doesn't seat as planned) I throw a tube in. Valve cores are just usefull no matter what...o-ring failure, etc.

I've been in enough situations where all of this has become useful. I have added to it as I experience more, remove as required too. I don't expect just one failure on a ride, I don't expect to not lose anything (I always lose stuff), and I sure as hell don't expect my friends to have anything I need. If something breaks...I'm typically prepared for it to break again on that ride.

To each their own...I don't find any of my gear redundant, especially when it all still fits in my seat bag.
 

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My Sette Slik Paks are holding up as well as any of the more premium brand bags that I have used in the past. They will all eventually tear or start to come apart at the seams after you hit enough bumps. I also prefer bags that use straps instead of those plastic quick release things because I have had the plastic get brittle and crack in colder temperatures.

I like to keep the essentials in my seatbag; tube, patch kit, tire levers, multi-tool w/ chain tool, spare power link, and a pump strapped to the frame. This way I can just hop on the bike and go and not have to worry about carrying a backpack. On longer rides, I will wear a pack with extra water, additional tools, etc.
 

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gearwhine said:
I've got a different opinion. I try to pack minimally, but I think about what I bring.
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To each their own...I don't find any of my gear redundant, especially when it all still fits in my seat bag.
I totally respect the "prepare for anything" mindset (it's actually my brains default setting), but would argue that you aren't exactly a minimalist (which I try to strive for). I can be obsessive about every item that I carry, to the point that I've made spreadsheets, so I love getting a peek at other peoples' ideas and experiences with packing.

Just as an example of how I'd approach it; it would be hard to conjure up a plausible situation where carrying only the tubes (2), pump, and patches would prevent a ride from finishing. It would take the failure of the tubeless setup on both wheels and a catastrophic tube failure before you'd be in any real trouble. I would argue that the CO2 is nothing more than a convenience (that takes up an appreciable amount of space and weight, especially if you carry extra cartridges) and the valve stems are a third layer of redundancy on a part that's unlikely to fail.

Again, I'm not knocking the mindset of preparing for the worst, I've carried and had to use an extra set of pedals before, but applying the minimalists eye can really lighten the load and still leave you prepared for the most plausible situations.
 

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I totally respect the "prepare for anything" mindset (it's actually my brains default setting), but would argue that you aren't exactly a minimalist (which I try to strive for). I can be obsessive about every item that I carry, to the point that I've made spreadsheets, so I love getting a peek at other peoples' ideas and experiences with packing.
ha...I am no where near a minimalist...I TRY to pack minimally...but as you see...I don't. I don't worry about an extra pound of useful things on my bike...the extra grams of some allen keys, valve stems, etc....whatever.

I probabaly carry just as much ***** as someone with a full backpack...just without a backpack.

I think your minimalism is nearing obsesseive with spreadsheets!

And as far as conveniece goes...I need it. I'm always the one everyone is waiting for before a ride, I get ready really slowly. I need to be that guy to fix problems quick to make up for my lazy starts, or no one would ever want to ride with me!
 

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+1 on the Jannd bags. Never had one fail on me yet!
That's the bag I've got, I bought it used and have been trying to figure out who makes them! Mine has no labels on it though...so I think these are just rebadged. Either way...I have the same thing as the mini mountain wedge, and it is by far the toughest fabric of any seat bags I've used. It has lasted me over a season after probably 1-2 seasons from the guy before me. Everything else I've used has only lasted a few rides. It fits snugly under the seat, and it holds a surprising amount of stuff for how small it is. So...+1 for Jaand from me too.
 

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I just got the Jandd, $6 on closeout:thumbsup:
Thanks for the link Mr Pink57:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 
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