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7.18.2 Carradice Bags


This article is from the Bicycles FAQ, by Mike Iglesias with numerous contributions by others.

7.18.2 Carradice Bags

Actually a brand name for saddlebags. They are convenient and
simple. The smaller ones don't require special hardware (racks), and
are pretty much out of the way for the cyclist - off the body, and on
the bike. They can also easily be unstable, and care must be taken to
avoid shifting loads. I would choose something like this to carry
those few extra items (eg. Camera, cell phone, etc.) on longer,
casual, day rides, century rides, and short tours. The larger seat
bags will usually require some sort of rack to keep the bag off the

Like backpacks and handlebar bags, these are not my preference, but
other riders seem to like them. My use of one was quite a few years
ago. They have made quite a comeback in the marketplace since then,
and the designs today appear to me to be more advanced. They were ok
at that time, and then it seemed to me to be more a matter of
preference. I thought panniers were more convenient, and simpler to
pack and fuss with. However, the hardware for larger Carradice bags
would be less in the way of wheel maintenance than a rack. This is
where a seatpost mounted rack device would, in my opinion, be worth
something. I will also say that I might look at Carradice bags again
in the future, as they might carry a load while not creating a foot
clearance problem, something that larger panniers do.

Carradice bags

C. of G. Good
Stability Poor-Good
Ease of Access Poor
Comfort Very Good
Typical usage: Short distance/around town, commuting, day
Weight capacity: Up to 25 lbs. would be typical.


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