Bicycle Secrets

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mdilthey
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(Reply to #751)

iwillbe wrote:
This might be less of a secret than a thing that few people have much use for, but:
if you're using double stembags, you can connect the sub straps to each other and then cinch them down instead of running the straps under the fork crown. No wiggling, looks a little cleaner.

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26/M/41t N/W

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:28
iwillbe
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And also, per a video Revelate had to make because I, like everyone who buys feedbags, am apparently dumber than hell: you strap the big velcro on the handlebar, thin strap on the stem. Makes each bag sit way more flush to the bar, freeing up a cm or two of space for your knees to come thru when you're out of the saddle, and positions the pull cords for even more easy one handed use.

Revelate doesn't make the prettiest bags, but their materials and thoughtulness of construction is impressive as hell. they're like the Ortlieb of bikepacking stuff.

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 18:26
mdilthey
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For stem bags actually, I think the sleeper is Carsick Designs. $10 cheaper than everyone and much more thoughtfully constructed. I love the not-mesh side pockets for wrappers or toothbrush + paste, etc.

26/M/41t N/W

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 20:26
iwillbe
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I was just looking at their stuff! They made some well-received Xtracycle bags a few years ago, but now sell them exclusively through a shop in Seattle.

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 22:01
kmcdon
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https://www.ovejanegrabikepacking.com/products/chuckbucket-handlebar-bag

I'm pretty happy with this. I will likely buy a second one to even it out.

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 23:57
iwillbe
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Stem bags / cozies have a low threshold for acceptable performance. Any company that can rise to the technical challenge of making a decent frame bag or enormous seat bag can probably turn out an ok cylinder with a drawcord/pucker top. The limiting factor for me is width, don't want to bump my knees every time I'm out of the saddle. I would be happy with deeper bags, but that's because I'm a giant and ride bikes with 210-240mm head tubes.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 09:12
Wintage Townie
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Has anyone yet figured out exactly which is the best cheap climbing bag to get from Amazon/Alibaba/eBay?

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Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:24
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #758)

mdilthey wrote:
For stem bags actually, I think the sleeper is Carsick Designs. $10 cheaper than everyone and much more thoughtfully constructed. I love the not-mesh side pockets for wrappers or toothbrush + paste, etc.

and a Tie Dye Print option!

just bought a pair: https://www.carsickdesigns.com/collections/goodie-bag/products/goodie-bag

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Mon, 10/09/2017 - 21:23
emor
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I fucking want that so bad. But I really don’t need it. But I love it.

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Mon, 10/09/2017 - 21:54
shane.rrr
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I really want this bag but don't need to spend the money

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:24
johnasavoia
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(Reply to #761)

Wintage Townie wrote:
Has anyone yet figured out exactly which is the best cheap climbing bag to get from Amazon/Alibaba/eBay?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tactical-Magazine-Utility-Drop-Dump-Pouch-Molle-Military-Ammo-Bag-Heavy-Duty-top-/201720755840?var=&hash=item2ef77e7680:m:mWPY5qc0Qd5Sb_BN-ulYprw
if you google around for the words magazine molle pouch you might find em a little cheaper here and there. I've got 3 of these at this point. They only tie down two places on the same side of the bag, but if you've got something for them to rest against (rando bag or basket or something) they're pretty great, really big (aka knee hitters)

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:28
Rusty Piton
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I love those surplus pouches. I've got two of them and they're damn near perfect. Someone with greater sewing skills than I could make them perfect with a couple easy modifications.

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Tue, 10/10/2017 - 09:45
iwillbe
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Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:08
drwelby
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"molle bottle pouch" also gets you some decent stuff.

I have two of this one, they're pretty good except the bottom is mesh and I could see it blowing out before the rest of it.

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:12
Rusty Piton
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The one John posted fits a mini U which is awesome.

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Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:19

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