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    Saddle bag for dropper seatpost

    Anyone found one that works?

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    I have been having great performance from my KS i950 - been using it for over 2 years w no problems.

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    Thanks for the reply, but I'm not looking for a dropper seatpost. I'm looking for a saddlebag that will work with a dropper seatpost.

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    Krieg. It only connects to the saddle rails and not the post. I've occasionally used one with my Joplin.

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    Any new input on this?

    I was looking at something like the Topeak Pro Pack but worried the hard plastic might break over time with repeated riding in rocky areas?

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    I gave up. Never found a good solution.

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    Awe man that's a bummer. What's the cartridge setup you have?

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    What's the problem, most saddle bags hang and connect from the seat not the post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    What's the problem, most saddle bags hang and connect from the seat not the post.
    From what I've seen almost all do have a stabilizing strap around seat post as far as I know?


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    Yes but, I don't know what dropper you are running. But I just checked my Joplin and there is plenty of space for the strap. Without interfering with the shock slide on the post.
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    I'm using a KS (Kind Shock) LEV. I don't think there is enough room unless I could manage to loop it up around the front saddle bolt? (I was thinking about just letting it touch the part that slides up and down but figured I would probably get some binding or weird wear from the support strap hitting the bottom.)

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    Any thoughts or ideas?

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    I'm thinking the Lezyne Micro Caddy might work if I don't find anything else:

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    From your photo of your post it l looks to be about the same amount of space below the seat as my Joplin. I still think there is enough room to get the strap around that section. Without interfering with the shock slide.
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    Thank you for the help! If I can get this to work I'm going to be stoked. Do you have a bag you especially like or use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff View Post
    Thank you for the help! If I can get this to work I'm going to be stoked. Do you have a bag you especially like or use?
    Sorry but no I don't use one. Just trying to encourage you to give it's try. I think you can make it work.
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    Do you use a hydration pack? That's where I put all my crap.

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    Don't get a Fred bag. Either tape/Velcro your **** to the frame, stuff it in jersey or wear a hydration pack. DON'T BE THAT GUY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapezilla View Post
    Don't get a Fred bag. Either tape/Velcro your **** to the frame, stuff it in jersey or wear a hydration pack. DON'T BE THAT GUY!
    LMAO! Good point. Sometimes I just get tired of a hydration pack, it seems like that thing weighs 20lbs. I forgot about using velcro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff View Post
    LMAO! Good point. Sometimes I just get tired of a hydration pack, it seems like that thing weighs 20lbs. I forgot about using velcro.
    "A Fred bag" now that's some funny ****t. I used to be too cool for stuff like that. But some times these geeky things just make sense. For example I always thought mtbing with a water bottle and cage was dorky. Just carry everything in a Camelbak. Which is still 80% of my rides. But I mounted a cage on my bike as a holder for my battery pack while night riding. So after awhile of that I ended up utilizing it for a water bottle on short rides. Which brings us to the dilemma you are facing of how to carry all the essentials while not using a Camelbak. Hey a saddlebag just makes sense. So IMO now that I'm older and don't give a shirt of style trend's I say be "that guy" and use a saddlebag "it just makes sense.
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    Revelate Designs has the Gas Tank top tube bag. It is like a triathlon bento box on steroids, but sleek and built for mtn bikes. I, too, got tired of my CamelBack and with the advent of neck issues, have pretty much ditched the thing. Necessary stuff is stashed here and there on the bike and in jersey pockets.


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    I have a topek pack that works. You just have to do all the attaching to the rear of the rails (behind the seat post clamp.

    I used to carry all that stuff in the Camelbak, but it was getting to dang heavy and worse the CG is higher up there. I'd rather have the bike carry the weight then my back and ass.

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    Fred bags are just a waste. You can carry whatever you need in your Jersey or on the frame. Some use hydration packs I don't I carry a empty osprey hydration pack for 50 milers and just use water bottles. It's not a fashion or coolness factor if you saw me you would no in not trying to be that guy but sometimes people bring too much ****. I Velcro a spare tube on my handlebars, have a big aircan velcrod on top tube and carry a multi tool and a spare link and derailer hanger in my jersey pocket so why do you need a Fred bag? Especially if your riding a dropper. That's the sacrifice you take when you get a dropper you cant hang **** off the back although I have a set of balls ziptied to my seat like you see on pickups hitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapezilla View Post
    Fred bags are just a waste. You can carry whatever you need in your Jersey or on the frame. Some use hydration packs I don't I carry a empty osprey hydration pack for 50 milers and just use water bottles. It's not a fashion or coolness factor if you saw me you would no in not trying to be that guy but sometimes people bring too much ****. I Velcro a spare tube on my handlebars, have a big aircan velcrod on top tube and carry a multi tool and a spare link and derailer hanger in my jersey pocket so why do you need a Fred bag? Especially if your riding a dropper. That's the sacrifice you take when you get a dropper you cant hang **** off the back although I have a set of balls ziptied to my seat like you see on pickups hitch
    After 13 years of mtbing I'm finally OK with someone using a Fred bag. I don't personally use one but I'm OK with someone else using one. But I still draw the line at Bar Ends, reflectors and kickstands.
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    Thank you guys for all the feedback. I've found that I've just started carrying more and more stuff just in case "x" happens and it rarely does so at least for shorter rides I would prefer to have nothing on my back and have minimal weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapezilla View Post
    Fred bags are just a waste. You can carry whatever you need in your Jersey or on the frame. Some use hydration packs I don't I carry a empty osprey hydration pack for 50 milers and just use water bottles. It's not a fashion or coolness factor if you saw me you would no in not trying to be that guy but sometimes people bring too much ****. I Velcro a spare tube on my handlebars, have a big aircan velcrod on top tube and carry a multi tool and a spare link and derailer hanger in my jersey pocket so why do you need a Fred bag? Especially if your riding a dropper. That's the sacrifice you take when you get a dropper you cant hang **** off the back although I have a set of balls ziptied to my seat like you see on pickups hitch
    imo putting more than a gu packet in your jersey sucks. i tried to put my multi tool and chain tool in my pocket, couldnt stand it bouncing and swinging arounds. feels weird too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Revelate Designs has the Gas Tank top tube bag. It is like a triathlon bento box on steroids, but sleek and built for mtn bikes. I, too, got tired of my CamelBack and with the advent of neck issues, have pretty much ditched the thing. Necessary stuff is stashed here and there on the bike and in jersey pockets.

    So if a saddlebag's official nick name is a Fred Bag, does this bag attached to the stem officially become a Barney Bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Revelate Designs has the Gas Tank top tube bag. It is like a triathlon bento box on steroids, but sleek and built for mtn bikes. I, too, got tired of my CamelBack and with the advent of neck issues, have pretty much ditched the thing. Necessary stuff is stashed here and there on the bike and in jersey pockets.

    So if a saddlebag's official nick name is a Fred Bag, doe's this bag attached to the stem officially become a Barney Bag.
    Actually this seems to be the perfect solution for the O.P's issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    So if a saddlebag's official nick name is a Fred Bag, doe's this bag attached to the stem officially become a Barney Bag.
    Actually this seems to be the perfect solution for the O.P's issue.
    I really like those handlebars. How do you like them I have been thinking about getting a set.

    Sorry for going off topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapezilla View Post
    I really like those handlebars. How do you like them I have been thinking about getting a set.

    Sorry for going off topic
    Sorry but I wasn't the original poster of that photo. June Bug was farther up this thread.
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    Try an Awesome Strap from backcountry research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Try an Awesome Strap from research.
    I was going to visit REI for some sort of velcro backpack strap but those look perfect! Thank you! I'm going to order a couple tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigeo View Post
    try an awesome strap from backcountry research.
    + 1

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    Those look perfect

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    Yep, I ordered two Race II and a Mutherload today.

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    I have one of each plus the Tulbag. The stuff works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vapezilla View Post
    Fred bags are just a waste. You can carry whatever you need in your Jersey or on the frame. Some use hydration packs I don't I carry a empty osprey hydration pack for 50 milers and just use water bottles. It's not a fashion or coolness factor if you saw me you would no in not trying to be that guy but sometimes people bring too much ****. I Velcro a spare tube on my handlebars, have a big aircan velcrod on top tube and carry a multi tool and a spare link and derailer hanger in my jersey pocket so why do you need a Fred bag? Especially if your riding a dropper. That's the sacrifice you take when you get a dropper you cant hang **** off the back although I have a set of balls ziptied to my seat like you see on pickups hitch
    So you have miscellaneous crap ziptied/velcroed to your bike yet you think seatbags look stupid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blunderbuss View Post
    So you have miscellaneous crap ziptied/velcroed to your bike yet you think seatbags look stupid?
    Don't recall saying they look stupid I was sayin a saddle bag on a dropper is stupid. Especially on a double squishy if I were put a Fred bag on my dropper then road DH with post all the way dropped it wouldn't clear tires thus ripping the bag off. Also in a race situation it's faster to remove a tube or air can that's velcrod or taped to the frame some saddle bags are a pain in the ass to open compared to tearing off a taped tube. But then again I learned this from a few pro racers but what do they know. Also you show up to races you'll notice majority don't use those things.

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    Saddle bag for dropper seatpost-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350928124.557870.jpg

    As seen on my Trance X2.....This works great and doesn't look stupid!....Topeak bag with the front Velcro strap removed. It simply clicks into place on the seat rail mount. Very secure and no interference with the dropper post.
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    I have had good luck with this one
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    I second the Topeak!! It also comes in large sizes and you can buy the mounts if you have another bike.
    Saddle bag for dropper seatpost-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350954965.763840.jpg
    It holds a crank bro 17 tool, 2 co2 and tire levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapezilla View Post
    Don't recall saying they look stupid I was sayin a saddle bag on a dropper is stupid. Especially on a double squishy if I were put a Fred bag on my dropper then road DH with post all the way dropped it wouldn't clear tires thus ripping the bag off. Also in a race situation it's faster to remove a tube or air can that's velcrod or taped to the frame some saddle bags are a pain in the ass to open compared to tearing off a taped tube. But then again I learned this from a few pro racers but what do they know. Also you show up to races you'll notice majority don't use those things.
    As if pro racers are the end all be all of mtb? The majority of mtb riders don't race, so what "pro racers" do in a race situation is largely irrelevant to the masses. But I will tell you what I learned from my years of racing: Do whatever works for you. As for me, I use a seatbag now because it meets my needs, but I didn't when I raced. In fact, I never even carried a tube, I ran tubeless.
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    my fred bag has my cell phone,wallet and my multi tool
    the multi tool has saved my bacon and the wallet has bought me bacon on a ride
    you think I should zip tie that or put it in my pockets?


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    Thank you for the information borbntm, SlowerJoe, and boxedrn. I figured the plastic mounts would be prone to fatigue and breaking but it doesn't sound like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff View Post
    Thank you for the information borbntm, SlowerJoe, and boxedrn. I figured the plastic mounts would be prone to fatigue and breaking but it doesn't sound like it.
    I tried a price point clip on bag and never trusted it. The topeak looks nicer though.

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    Thanks for the help everyone! I ended up getting some straps from Backcountry Research. So far I'm loving them. It's nice to not have any weight on my back for shorter rides.


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    [QUOTE=kdiff;9901939]Thanks for the help everyone! I ended up getting some straps from Backcountry Research. So far I'm loving them. It's nice to not have any weight on my back for shorter rides.







    I don't want to be the bearer of bad news but. If you ride any type of rough terrain which MTBing is all about. There is no way your "stuff" isn't going to work it's way free and be strewn about. If your so dead set on this just get a saddle bag. I don't think the straps will interfere with the dropper post.
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    ood point. Sometimes I just get tired of a hydration pack, it seems like that thing weighs 20lbs. I forgot about using velcro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    If you ride any type of rough terrain which MTBing is all about.
    Thank you for the insight. This whole time I thought I was mtb'ing because I was going up and down the paved hills and off curbs in my neighborhood.

    As far as it working it's way loose, it's been a concern but so far I had about 80+ miles with some fairly rough terrain and it's still snug. I did tighten it up a little yesterday for the first time. I think everything had kind of adjusted into place so there was some slack to make it a little more snug, despite that my items/stuff had not adjusted. Something you may not be aware of is that the Race II has some rubber textured parts to it so it's not just a slick velcro strap. (I can take some more pics if anyone is interested.) If I start losing things I'll definitely share my experience, there are a lot of people on here that have helped me and I would like to return the favor. All that said, I am really loving not carrying a pack for a lot of my rides.
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    I love all the semantics of MTB do's and do not's. Even the term "Fred" was used to describe a very handy thing to have as opposed to wearing some lumbering water filled backpack. Geez, and I thought MTB'ers are supposed to be low key and laid back... after 4 years of being on this forum, I'm learning that many MTB'ers respond in ways eerily similar to the perceived behaviors of our roadie counterparts. Ironically, acting in the same manners in which everybody complains about.

    I just thought it was creepy and sad to see the term "Fred" used on a mountain bike forum. And then followed up with a "pro racer" reference? The proud dividing line MTB'ers drew between themselves and perceived roadie behavior becomes more and more invisible each day, doesn't it?

    Anyway, my friend uses a strap for his dropper post. It carries everything very nicely, and it super utilitarian, basic, and just plain works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I love all the semantics of MTB do's and do not's. Even the term "Fred" was used to describe a very handy thing to have as opposed to wearing some lumbering water filled backpack. Geez, and I thought MTB'ers are supposed to be low key and laid back... after 4 years of being on this forum, I'm learning that many MTB'ers respond in ways eerily similar to the perceived behaviors of our roadie counterparts. Ironically, acting in the same manners in which everybody complains about.

    I just thought it was creepy and sad to see the term "Fred" used on a mountain bike forum. And then followed up with a "pro racer" reference? The proud dividing line MTB'ers drew between themselves and perceived roadie behavior becomes more and more invisible each day, doesn't it?

    Anyway, my friend uses a strap for his dropper post. It carries everything very nicely, and it super utilitarian, basic, and just plain works.
    I think it is an age thing
    When you get up to our age Dion you just stop caring what people think so much and do what works. I can ride with a frame bag, fanny pack, back pack, man purse or what ever and all the young girls will still only see me as middle age man . I have got a great wife anyway so I don't care what the young girls think any way. For me mountain biking is an escape not a fashion show.

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