I've weenied the toolset down to the bare minimum so I don't need much space, but I would really like something other than the typical saddlebag. Maybe something aerodynamic mounted to the spare bottle cage holes (something that looks good, not those hideous 500ml bottle shaped things with a big screw on lid), or a small triangle-shaped bag hidden down at the seattube/downtube junction? But I can't seem find any alternatives to the saddlebag that aren't huge and meant for touring...
Open to any ideas! What do you use?
I did think of using another bottle, but it's 75g for a 500ml tacx bottle and another 5g for a Tune Wasserträger Skyline cage, so that's about 40g more than just sticking with the current saddlebag. This is WW afterall
But I bet somebody out there has a neat alternative to the ugly saddlebag?
My Colnago EPS http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=83064&start=45
I usually don't take 2 bottles and even on longer rides I prefer to ride 'till I'm out of water and then when I'm thirsty, buy a big cold bottle of water. This gives me room for bringing a tool bottle. I've got two at the moment and can really recommend the tool bottle made by decathlon http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/carry-case-117024806/#
It's cheap, definatly waterproof and it looks better than similar products by big brand manufacturers.
I use this one for MTB and it contains a spare tube, leatherman, ID, patches, levers and glue, chain link, a small travelcase lock and a rag stopping it al from rattling.
Also have this one for the roadbike http://www.rose.nl/product/detail/aid:499608. It looks nice and doesn't rattle as much as the b'twin one, but it's more expensive.
As an alternative you can also use a frame bag. It has the benefit of being positioned lower as a saddle bag and therefore lowers the center of gravity
All the frame bags I've seen are big, lika a square foot from the side, and (besides weight) aestethics is everything here...
But maybe someone knows of a really tiny framebag?
the only pointy bits are in the multi tool and are 'protected' by the sides of the tool so there's nothing that pokes out, if i did happen to be skidding along on my back i reckon it's more likely to save some skin than stab me
saves the weight of a saddle bag
Also, all my jerseys don't have pockets, and I'm not about to bin three good jerseys (I tape the bars to the seatpost with those jerseys.)
So it really needs to be a frame/bike mounted solution of some, I suppose...
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It is a generic bag that will last about a season before beginning to tear (in my experience, YMMV), is very inexpensive (in Italy most shops will hand one out with every service, for free). It is velcro, works well, and is light. Fits relatively little, but that appears to be what you are looking for.
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DMF wrote:Actually the suggested Continental bag is slightly bigger than the Vaude bag I'm on now... I guess maybe it's time to give up and start looking into the DIY option on this one instead. Big thanks for all the help though! I've atleast gotten a little idea of something home made growing in my head
You could try making a DIY mini-bento bag, like those they use on triathlons to store food? They can be minimalist and yet fairly functional at the same time.
Or maybe one that fits in near the BB, below the bottles ?
Multi-tool- obvious uses
$10- emergency money, but folded it's also a great reinforcement if I slash a tyre to put between the tyre and tube. Yes, it works!
Sock- storage and a rag when dealing with chains etc.
Not sure why you say you dont want to feel the 200 grams. No matter where you put it, it's still 200g. I'd also bet my sock (which doubles as a rag) weighs less than 40g
I upgrade to a new sock every year!
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