Lezyne Micro Caddy Saddle Bag

A seat bag occupies a curious space within the life of a cyclist. It’s usefulness is in direct proportion to its hideousness. The bigger they are, the less attractive they are. You want one that will carry all the items necessary to get you out of a jam, but no one wants the cycling equivalent of an expedition backpack hanging off their saddle, unless maybe they are actually on an expedition.

If that’s not enough to make you wrestle with what seat bag will best suit your needs, then consider the way that little velcro strap that goes around the seatpost has a habit if just brushing the inside of prized bib shorts. Those first couple of pulls multiply until you have the equivalent of leg fleece. Eventually the leg fleece gives way to a hole. Back when I raced and got several new pair of cheap bibs every season, it wasn’t a big deal. These days, with good bibs running upward of $150, that first pull is a tantrum inducing event.

This past spring I ran across the Micro Caddy from Lezyne. It comes in two sizes, small and medium. The small, shown above, is just big enough to hold a tube, a CO2 cartridge and adapter, plus a mini tool in the small pocket on the under side of the bag. It’s the sort of bag useful for the morning group ride. The medium is But that’s not why I fell in love with it. The Micro Caddy uses to neoprene straps that fit around the seat rails—nothing wraps around the seatpost. It’ll never put a pull in your prized bibs. The medium has the same circumference, but just runs a bit longer. You can fit a second tube in it. Because the straps are made from neoprene, they stretch. Should you suffer a flat out on the road, the straps will compress the bag to keep any leftovers in it from clinking around and making you think your cassette locking is loose (been there, wondered that).

Whether you go for the small ($20) or the slightly longer medium ($25), it’s a foolproof way to take better care of something that matters far more than what hangs off your saddle—your bibs.

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35 comments

  1. J.R.

    Looks nice, but it would obscure the Fizik blinker on the back of my Aliante, where my small Jandd pack does not. Wow, a blinker and an saddle bag—when did I become so unfashionable? *scratches head*

  2. randomactsofcycling

    I hate overstuffed jersey pockets! And yes, the Pro’s do train with saddle bags, I’ve seen it with my own two eyes!
    I looked at the Lezyne stuff but eventually hunted down an Arundel Dual. Very difficult to find down here in Oz and only available in black. I find the peace of mind in having two spare tubes and cannisters outweighs any aesthetic concerns. Of the packs I have looked at that will hold two of everything, the Arundel looks the least bulky and is very secure with no post-strap.
    Good Saddlepacks are a great, inexpensive investment.

  3. Bfeltovi

    Normally I like Lezyne stuff and find it well-thought-out and attractive, but that bag is kinda, uh, ugly. Sorry.

    I know what you mean about Velcro ripping up bibs, but I found a new bag that solves the problem.

    The Blackburn Barrier Micro saddle bag weighs 25g, it’s waterproof, and it won’t snag the bibs. Holds a tube, tire levers, patch kit, and multitool, but not much else, and only if you pack carefully.

    http://www.blackburndesign.com/bags/barrier-micro-saddle-bag.html#.UI8T25G9KSM

    I’m not affiliated with Blackburn, etc.

    Brian

  4. Les Borean

    Concerning the contents, someone should make a patch kit that’s in a container like those for dental floss: small with rounded edges.
    The self-adhesive patches are enticing, but have not had good luck with those on 700’s with the high pressure.

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  6. Paul Feng

    I had the Lezyne Micro Caddy in medium, but after a little while, the neoprene strap ripped along the line where it was attached to the bag proper. A replacement replicated the failure (glad I bought at an LBS with a good return policy), so at least in my usage, the thing was under-designed. Maybe I cinched it down too tight, but I want the thing to stay put and the contents not to rattle. But for the failure, I really liked the bag. If Lezyne wants to send me a new one with a beefed-up strap attachment, I’ll be happy to test it. I do use one of their headlights, which is excellent.

    So now I’m with the Arundel Dual, as mentioned by others here. With my Ritchey saddle, I am able to strap it not to the seat rails as intended, but to the rear part of the saddle frame that attaches to the rails, which gets the bag back even further from the seat post (the closest it gets is 1″ behind the clamp). Yes, I am paranoid about wear on my shorts & tights…

  7. Patrick Ribera-McKay

    All,

    For those Lezyne fans on RKP, thank you for your support.

    The Micro Caddy is also available in black, so don’t be turned away by the white. The version featured in this review is from the 2012 season which hasn’t changed since the bag’s introduction over 3 years ago.

    For 2013, we have updated the design to address many of the wear issues that have been noted above. We have switched some of the materials to a more wear-resistant woven nylon in key places. We have also updated the rail strap to be a nylon/elastic velcro strap that uses a D-loop to ensure a snug and secure attachment. You can find the updated Caddy here: http://lezyne.com/products/organizers/caddys#!Micro-Caddy-S/M

    If the stap solution is not for you, we have also introduced a new QR line of saddle bags, which are very secure and easy to swap between bikes if needed. RKP should be getting some of these soon for review. You can find more info about the QR bags here: http://lezyne.com/products/organizers

    Thank you all for your feedback and support.

    Patrick
    Marketing Manager
    Lezyne
    marketing@lezyne.com

  8. tinytim

    Saddle bags are a big DON’T. Mainly because they get in the way of my Surly flask cage that is mounted to where a saddle bag would go. Then there is the tough choice of which sprit to load the thing up with. Cool, overcast days call for a fine cognac. Hill repeats and time trials require one to stock upon the big gun: Bacardi 151. Repairs are rarely of concern, as I usually have a limo enterouge full of cute czech babes yelling words of motivation as I dig deep to hold off a feared adversary for the final selection. For the single track adventures, I usually choose a grisly adams type on a KTM dual sport as my support vehicle (complete with raging boombox, a quiver of 29er wheels, and my moustache comb).

  9. David B.

    +1 on the Arundel Dual, it works well, is discrete, enough said.

    Les Borean: For a small patch kit, check out the ultra minimal Lezyne Smart Patch Kit. The self-adhesive patches work on hi-pressure 700C tires, no problem at all.

  10. Souleur

    on the heels of the fine tinytim (absolute word brother), may I add:
    An ancient proverb says ‘friends don’t let friends ride with saddlebags’ as they are in the likeness of that of a rectal prolapse hanging out..off the back…every time.

    Simply…unattractive…always.

    Saddles and bags do NOT go together and do not mix

    That is why we have 3 pockets boys, and CO2 cartridges.

  11. bigwagon

    I might go back to the jersey pockets. I went about six months without a flat this year, and sure enough, when I finally had one, my spare tube had a hole rubbed through it!

  12. Les Borean

    David B.:
    Thanks for the reference. Right after I did that post here I decided to to a search (duh!)and I too noticed the Lezyme tire patch products. Monday I’ll check these out at Cynergy when I’m in Santa Monica.

  13. General

    Rule #31. I switched over to the caddy sack and have never looked back. Fits everything I need and then some, easily tucked into my back jersey pocket.

  14. Biff

    +bazillion on the Arundel Dual. I bought one; didn’t believe it would hold two tubes, two C02 carts, an inflator and a small multi-tool. It did. I bought 2 more (for my wife and son). They look great, and do not move and do not get in the way.

  15. Brooks

    I’m concerned when I read this: “Should you suffer a flat out on the road, the straps will compress the bag to keep any leftovers in it from clinking around…” It makes me think that the tire/tube that flatted gets littered on the side of the road, proably along with used CO2 cartridges. This always bothered me about cycling events, the amount of litter like tubes, cartridges, empty gels, wrappers, etc. If you carried it out in the first place, carry the remnants back, please!


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      Padraig

      It’s amazing to me how some readers will just look for a reason to decide that I’m an asshole. For the record, I stuff the used tube and CO2 in my jersey pocket if there’s no trash can nearby. I never, ever put a spent tube and CO2 back in the seat bag for two reasons: 1) I usually can’t even fit a used tube in a small seat bag, so there’s that. 2) It’s easy for me to look at the seat bag and if it looks its normal size I’ll easily forget to put a new tube and CO2 cartridge in. Also, I’ve never in my life tossed the wrapper for a gel or bar by the roadside.

  16. Les Borean

    Not to be criticizing anyone, but spent cartridges stay with me until I can find a recycle bin. Tubes and tires can be recycled but I haven’t taken that route yet. And there’s one company that makes stuff to sell out of old recycled bike tubes.

  17. tinytim

    Man, I usually just throw my used CO2 cartridges and tubes in Brooks’ front yard (its awesome when the lawnmower shoots out a mini steel torpedo). Thats only if I dont save enough of ‘em to load up a tube sock and then use that sh*t to club me a baby seal or otter.

  18. Randomactsofcycling

    @armybikerider: our club has really pushed back on anyone using pumps, as they are slow and some of the ladies did not have the arm strength to inflate their tyres to a decent pressure.
    CO2 inflates in 5 seconds and is very bunch friendly when waiting around in the cold or hot weather.

  19. Brooks

    Wow, I must have touched a nerve there. I never said or even implied you were an asshole, Padraig. Get a grip; maybe write a article on cyclist responsibility to the natural environment we enjoy so much. You had a line in the review that I felt needed a response (yes, off topic) as a concern I see at races, centuries, and just side of the road: litter. So I’m sure that all the RKP readers are not the culprits (except maybe tinytim), there is an awful lot of cyclist-generated litter out there. Tinytim, (that is your brainsize, right?) I have no grass in my front yard so you must be littering someone else’s place. Oh, and I do carry a micro-pump in case I run out of CO2 (take two with me). My seat bag is a bit big and heavy but I can stand to lose more weight around my gut than off my bike.


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Brooks: Your comment clearly suggested you were concerned about my behavior, so I responded. No matter, you can take all the swings you want at me, but we do have some standards here and one of them is we remain civil. In our definition that means no insulting other readers. Put simply, there are more constructive ways to engage the readership, and I’m suggesting you consider those, that’s all.

  20. Scott G.

    armybikerider, yes, the gregario carries a frame pump, a couple tubes, quick patches, chain tool and allen wrenches. Coach always said train with the heavy bag.

  21. Janders

    “I had the Lezyne Micro Caddy in medium, but after a little while, the neoprene strap ripped along the line where it was attached to the bag proper.”

    I had the exact same experience, after only about 3mo of use. I really liked its size; I really liked where it sat vis-a-vis the post and my legs (far away). I liked how it didn’t sway back and forth.

    That was until when going up a hill I felt something tapping the back of my leg… it was my barely-attached bag with significantly ripped straps. Ooops.

    Granted, it replaced an Arundal Dual which had ripped its strap and fell off mid ride (I’d already re-sew the Dual 3-4 times…)

    Anyway, I like to have a tube and a tiny patch kit and a multitool in my bag. It leave my pockets free for vest/warmers/gloves (lots of cool riding in N.E.), a pocket-full-of-food for centuries, my Iphone, my house keys, a pump and rarely a third bottle. Heck, sometimes I attach the pump to my bike! And sometimes I use the room in my pockets to carry a pound of coffee home with me after a ride…

  22. Brooks

    Padraig:
    Wow. I sugggest a concern based on your sentence structure and you come back with “some readers will just look for a reason to decide that I’m an asshole”. And you lecture me about being civil. Take a look in the mirror.

  23. Paul Feng

    Hmmm, after Janders mentions it, my Arundel is developing a strap rip also. Grrr… Maybe I will try the purportedly improved Lezyne to see if it ends up being more durable.

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