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Offline whittierider

large seat bags, or racks for road bikes w/o mounting eyelets
« on: August 04, 2019, 12:26:55 am »
I had forgotten I was on this forum, so I hadn't visited in many years!  What reminded me is that my wife and I just drove up the California coast for our 35th wedding anniversary, and seeing all that road and the beautiful coastline, and feeling the ocean air, made me want to try again to ride down the coast.  Ten years ago, I was all set to ride from Monterey to L.A., had my train ticket to get up there to start the ride, and the night before I was to leave, the weather forecast suddenly changed to significant chance of rain every day of the window I had planned; so I canceled.  Every year that I tried, something came up that kept me from doing it.   :(

I have a 2005 Trek 5000 (made back when the 5000 was made of OCLV carbon and was closely related to the Madones and still made in Wisconsin, before Trek cheapened it and took its manufacturing to China).  I'm totally happy with the bike the way I have it set up, except that it does not have eyelets to mount a rack.  (It's a road-racing bike, after all.)  I have a Jandd Mountaineering Mountain Wedge III large seat bag which, with the expansion open, provides nearly two gallons' space to put a few clothes and toiletries in to go hotel-hopping on a multi-day light tour.  The idea is to travel light, with low wind resistance, and be able to go fast and burn up the road and have fun, rather than carrying camping equipment.  The Mountain Wedge III was still almost not big enough though.

I have a rack pack on our tandem; and that might be better, if there were a normal-size rack that clamps on the seat post and has rods that go down to something that the rear skewer clamps onto.  (I do have a seat-clamp rack for a single bike, but it's smaller than full size, and standard rack packs won't mount on it.)  My Trek has a monostay, further preventing any of the common methods to mount a rack to a frame without eyelets.

I did find this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mq5ZR4R2WY about the Seatpacker Bikepacking seat bags From Arkel which is not only huge but would also give minimum wind resistance if positioned more or less horizontally (as opposed to being like the tail pipes we see sticking up from certain motorcycles).  I think that ideally it would need to go a lot lower to handle well at speed, and the way my saddle is mounted, the angle will probably get worse than shown, not better.  Revelate Designs' Terrapin System 14L seems to be similar.

Although I have been actively riding, I have not paid much attention to the market in many years.  I have a gazillion old bookmarks, but many of the web pages they go to are now gone.  I can do a web search like anyone else; but it does take a lot of time, and I could still miss some of the best products out there.  Does anyone have a list of favorite bike-luggage suppliers?  I'm mainly looking for large but aerodynamic seat bags now, not panniers, handlebar bags, frame bags, etc..

Offline John Nelson

Re: large seat bags, or racks for road bikes w/o mounting eyelets
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 01:34:29 pm »
Look at Apidura.

Offline danny dea

Re: large seat bags, or racks for road bikes w/o mounting eyelets
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 07:54:47 pm »
Check out Universal Cycles website out of Portland, Or.  They have a large selection of bags including Apidura and Revelate.  Very good shop to deal with.

Offline TCS

Re: large seat bags, or racks for road bikes w/o mounting eyelets
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2019, 01:43:36 pm »
I use an 'old school' / 'well-proven technology' Carradice saddlebag on a Carradice Bagman mount with the optional support struts.  The bag sits entirely within my aero profile (or lack of same).
« Last Edit: August 08, 2019, 05:22:01 pm by TCS »
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Offline TCS

Re: large seat bags, or racks for road bikes w/o mounting eyelets
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2019, 01:49:59 pm »
Other traditional cycletouring saddlebag manufacturers/suppliers include Cardiff, Dill Pickle, Ellum Bag Works, Frost River, Helmute, Ostrich, Sackville, Shore, Swift and Zimbale.

Frost & Seekers also offers a saddle rail mount for saddlebags.
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Offline RonK

large seat bags, or racks for road bikes w/o mounting eyelets
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 07:21:37 pm »
« Last Edit: August 08, 2019, 07:26:50 pm by RonK »
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