The last time I crashed I bruised my left knee and tweaked my back, a pretty good outcome considering the speed and violence of it, and the involvement of more than one car. My bike came through mainly unscathed too, except for my saddle getting mangled, one of the rails bent aggressively enough that I had to ride standing the rest of the way to work. Quite how this happened I don’t know. Saddle rails are thick pieces of metal. I couldn’t straighten mine in a vice, so…I guess I’m thankful that force was absorbed in a place that wasn’t my face.
I don’t remember now what I did with my saddle bag, whether it went flying in the crash, or whether I took it off at work while I trying to salvage the saddle. Whatever happened, I can’t find it now, and I have been limping along shoving tubes and CO2 cartridges in a pocket or just gambling that I won’t flat. I keep meaning to get a new bag, but it seems like a low priority and anyway I don’t know what to get.
I have used and liked the Ortlieb saddle bags. Specifically, I like the way the bracket attaches to the rails and the bag slides on and off, clips in securely, and is interchangeable with the other brackets on my others bikes. I can move a bag around quickly. I can take the bag off the bike while fixing a problem and then clip it back on. It’s just a good, simple design. I could happily just get a new one.
But what else is out there?
The old, cool guy thing to do was to cinch up a tube and lever in a toe strap and secure that under your saddle. Very minimalist, but also sort ugly and leaves your stuff exposed to sand and wet and mess.
I have liked Silca products generally. They all seem well thought out and well made, and also minimalist in some sort of designer-y variation on the toe strap maneuver. Tool rolls always remind of fancy toe-straps. I don’t 100% understand why I would roll over bag, but I’m not always the most clever.
Or maybe you have a better idea. This week’s Group Ride asks, where do you store your stuff? Do you even use a saddle bag? If so, which one? What have you liked and disliked.