What do you guys look for when choosing a saddle bag? What is in your wish list of the ultimate saddle bag? If you are not a saddle bag user today, what is holding you back and what will make you switch camp?
Would you be interested if there is a saddle bag that can do the following?
1. Compact enough to carry most of your essential items. Think 2 spare tubes, 2 tire levers, 2 CO2 canisters, Multitools with chain tool, patch kit, all these in a compact form factor.
2. Stylish enough to not ruin your bike aesthetic, this can be quite subjective and personal but assume it meets your styling requirement.
3. Quick attach and release. Much faster than dealing with Velcro.
4. Abundant styling/color choices.
We love to hear your inputs and hopefully we will be able to create something that all the cyclists want to use. Thanks!
I currently use Silca's Seat Roll Premio. I admit the boa's a primary reason why I got it, and yes perhaps that's being a bit silly but it tickles me and I like that. So there. I also like the fact that it can expand when I can't be bothered to properly roll up punctured tubes, and compress to a small size when I can afford the effort. I don't (can't?) actually put two spare tubes in it, so I put the second in a jersey pocket.
My previous saddle bag which I liked a lot was Ortlieb's saddlebag micro. Like the Premio, it can expand/compress when needed. The weak point was that, over time, the elastic bungees keeping it closed became permanently stretched, so it looks less good. And looking good's all I've got since I'm old. It's better than the Premio because it looks... neater, in the sense that the Premio always looked kind of like hastily rolled-up canvas (no matter what I do), whereas the Ortlieb's shape is more... regular. That's subjective for sure. The Ortlieb also attaches/detaches much more quickly than the Premio.
I don't have similar attachments to prior saddle bags, they were not as unique as the Premio or Ortlieb micro. I did not like those that have parts that rub against my thighs when pedaling, the worst is velcro rubbing against lycra.
I think ease of cleaning would be a factor. When I first saw the bright red interior of the Premio, I had to resist the urge to rub grease all over it because I know it'll end up like that sooner or later, so might as well get there right away.