Saddle bags come in handy on longer rides in particular and are ideal for storing essentials such as spare tubes, CO2 cylinders, multi-tools and tyre levers. Here are six we've put six to the test.
Thule Pack ’n’ Pedal Shield
The 138g Thule 0.8L bag has stiff sides, with a welded, fully waterproof construction. It has seatpost and saddle rail Velcro attachments, loads of reflectives and a light loop.
The roll-tight enclosure keeps out water, though is slightly fiddlier to close. A lifetime guarantee rounds out a quality bag, which is reflected in its weighty price.
Deuter Bag 1
- £15 / AU$25
With a rigid top and bottom, and sides that concertina, this 98g bag feels larger than its 0.8L capacity. This easily takes a couple of tubes and all the usual gubbins.
It’s very tidily made, has a loop zip pull and our experience of Deuter bags suggests it should last for years. Velcro straps secure it to seatpost and saddle and there are reflective details.
Evoc saddle bag
- £17 / $20
Evoc’s little fella is a weight weenie-friendly 78g, with a 0.7L volume that’ll take a pair of inner tubes at a push, tyre levers and a multi-tool, and there’s a small elasticated pocket inside too, ideal for keys.
Fitting is the usual Velcro straps affair, there are reflective details and rear light loop, for what is a very nifty, tough-feeling bag.
Lezyne Caddy (med)
- £25 / $26 / AU$43
The 0.5L Caddy weighs 98g with an extra 42g for the saddle attachment. It’s a doddle to unclip the Caddy, which is chock full of features for such a diddly bag: external multi-tool pocket, internal dividers and a water-resistant zip.
Enough room for the essentials — tube, tools, CO2 — good build quality and easy carry-and-go portability.
Topeak Aero Wedge (sm)
- £14 / $20 / AU$30
These come in three different sizes and with clip-on or buckle fittings. Our small 98g buckle-on bag has a 0.66L capacity and is made from tough Cordura coated with Teflon.
We’d have appreciated reflective details on the sides as well as the rear, but that’s the only downside on a sturdy bag that’ll take two tubes, a multi-tool and more.
Scicon Hipo 550 2.1
- £35 / $49 / AU$65
The Scicon has a neat 28g tool-free saddle fitting system, with another 108g for the 0.55L bag itself. It’s small but still with enough room for an inner tube, multi-tool and CO2 canister.
It also comes with its own pair of slimline-but-sturdy tyre levers. The clip-off and take the bag with you system is handy, but we’d like to have seen a lower price.