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    BTW, the Tube Tarp is really a must; your tube will get damaged if you carry it in this config long enough so my recommendo is to use the tube tarp and probably splurge every year or so on a new, $7 tube. for me, it is about aesthetics to some degree and light weight. Agree with a post above...a seat bag on a really nice lightweight bike just doesn't look right.
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    I got mine a couple weeks ago. No way anything is falling out I carry a tube, lever and mini pump. Its way lighter and actually holds more then the old seat bag it replaced. Also have the tulbag which holds all my other tools and fits nicely in a jersey pocket or into a camelbak.

    Only complaint is shipping from Backcountry took almost 2 weeks. I guess they are behind due to there success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4jeepin View Post
    Only complaint is shipping from Backcountry took almost 2 weeks. I guess they are behind due to there success.
    It may take 1-2 weeks because they make your product when they receive your order, queued up in batches of production for similar products. This relatively short wait is the trade off for having so many options of colors and styles offered by a small company, as opposed to offering only generic black for example, in which case they could probably have inventory on hand almost all the time.
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    I just got back from a trip out west. I was gonna do a blog post (still might) about doing all eight rides without a pack. I hate wearing a pack. Some of the rides were of little consequence, while others required some planning. On the longer days that started high (cold) I wore a sleeveless jersey, undershirt, baggies, knee warmers and a hat. I carried a light Gore-Tex coat (wrapped in a Tube Tarp) strapped to the top tube with a Mutherload in case things went bad.



    I also wore a pair of Giro New Road bibs with pockets in the back. Between that and the jersey, I was able to carry an Olympus TG-3 camera, enough food and water for hours (one bottle in a jersey pocket), a Tülbag with all my essentials, and a Sawyer water filter...



    still leaving enough room for me to stow the hat and knee warmers away when it got warmer.



    I felt like I had everything I needed. Chain tool/spoke wrench combo, spare link, Gorilla tape, tire boot, tire plug, 4,5,6mm allen wrenches (plus an adapter for 8mm), $20, tube, tire lever, mini-pump, CO2 and inflator.

    The Race 3 is an improvement over the 2, in that it's much more user friendly (harder to screw up when mounting). I always run the Tube Tarp now and have very little issues with contamination, although I only have a tube, tire lever, and CO2 back there.
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    I was wondering when Dicky was going to post on here. I first heard about the Awesome Strap on your blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    I was wondering when Dicky was going to post on here. I first heard about the Awesome Strap on your blog.
    I have people...

    Honestly, whenever this topic comes up, I'll chime in. I have many packs, wear them when I have to, dread when I do. Anything I can do to help people get the fact they may be able to live without the monkey on their back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velo99 View Post
    I use a skater backpack with a laptop slot for my water bladder. Has lots of nifty pockets for my stuff. I have used it from pretty much day one and I am used to it. Nice thing is I can carry lots of extra water and snacks without worrying where it will ride on longer ventures. I don't carry a ton of stuff normally. Just the tool kit, extra water bottle, and tire repair stuff.
    I prefer real tools instead of a multi tool. I had a RD failure and my tools saved the day. My nephew looked at it and said You`re screwed without real tools. I carry a 6"crescent wrench, smallish lineman`s pliers. three full sized allen wrenches, 15 mm combination wrench, screwdriver, spoke wrench and a chainbreaker. Not a bunch of stuff but more capable than a multi tool when it comes to more than a minor breakdown. Also have a RD hanger and a few RD parts.
    Your lucky that you can carry all that stuff without it bothering you. I'd be so annoyed and probably get a sore back pretty fast. Someone said "monkey on the back"...it feels like it to me.

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    I use a skater backpack with a laptop slot for my water bladder. Has lots of nifty pockets for my stuff. I have used it from pretty much day one and I am used to it. Nice thing is I can carry lots of extra water and snacks without worrying where it will ride on longer ventures. I don't carry a ton of stuff normally. Just the tool kit, extra water bottle, and tire repair stuff.
    I prefer real tools instead of a multi tool. I had a RD failure and my tools saved the day. My nephew looked at it and said You`re screwed without real tools. I carry a 6"crescent wrench, smallish lineman`s pliers. three full sized allen wrenches, 15 mm combination wrench, screwdriver, spoke wrench and a chainbreaker. Not a bunch of stuff but more capable than a multi tool when it comes to more than a minor breakdown. Also have a RD hanger and a few RD parts.
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    Just got a Backcountry Awesome strap!

    I just ordered mine. Did the bundle pack and now the wait begins. I've heard shipping is slow, so at least the expectation is set LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by pitbullandmtb View Post
    I just ordered mine. Did the bundle pack and now the wait begins. I've heard shipping is slow, so at least the expectation is set LOL


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    Cool! I ordered mine on July 14th. They got build on July 29th and shipped on the 31st. Then it tool 14 business days to get shipped here to Canada (looong wait) but that is not really the company's fault. You can probably pay extra for express shipping if you want. I get the feeling that the company is only one guy.

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    I was going to order a couple of these. Looks like they are out of stock on virtually everything? I'm transitioning into going packless, and a saddle bag is the last missing puzzle. I'd really like to try one of these. I'm also picking up a Barfly coffee bag strap tomorrow to try out as well.

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    Just got a Backcountry Awesome strap!

    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post
    I was going to order a couple of these. Looks like they are out of stock on virtually everything? I'm transitioning into going packless, and a saddle bag is the last missing puzzle. I'd really like to try one of these. I'm also picking up a Barfly coffee bag strap tomorrow to try out as well.

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    Looks good. Can't wait to hear your review.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tiretracks View Post
    Its a Mountain Lion knife.
    That. As for myself, I carry a survival knife with flint , both for protection and survival, also food, flashlight , first aid kit, ul tarp ... all in my Camelbak for those day-long rides in the middle of nowhere.

    I often ride at places where there are no cell towers and sometime the only way to a fast evac in case of emergency is by heli. Hell, I'm out in the woods and alone, for me it's an insurance. With that stuff I tip the odd in my favor to make it out alive in case anything happens. Oh and you should see the smile of people I helped because I had exactly what they needed a that time.

    Sure when out for a loop at the local trails , this strap would be enough, but we just duct tape our stuff to seatpost :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitbullandmtb View Post
    Looks good. Can't wait to hear your review.


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    Just picked it up today from Backcountry.com. Looks to be well made. I like the adjustability of the strap for different sized loads. I have a 29er tube, Crank bros multi tool and a tire lever on there and had to shorten the strap almost all the way. This is good, since that means I can carry much more stuff if needed. I also like the vertical strap, as it shields the tube from the seat tube (bolts). I have a Thomson and the strap rests right on the back bolt, protecting the tube.

    I would still like to try the BR straps, though.

    Hey Dicky, get your sponsor to stock some more!


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    Went on a 20-miler this morning with some bone jarring descents. The Barfly straps held everything well in place and nothing moved through the whole ride. Nice product.

    I also ordered some BR Race 3 straps today, as they just became available again. I'll be testing them out as soon as they're received.

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