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    Anyone using a top tube bag?

    If so...which one, how do you like it and any issues? What are you hauling around in it?

    I'm getting a new bike and I want to shrink my saddle bag or even eliminate it completely in lieu of a strap system to haul a couple tubes, CO2, and multi-tool. But I want a place to throw my keys, cellphone, maybe a couple gels, ect. and I hate having much in my jersey pockets. So I was thinking about maybe moving some stuff from under the seat to the top tube...things I might want access to while riding.
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    That Topeak pod thing is pretty cool but I need both cages for water...lol...I'm a heavy drinker and I plan to do this on my new cross bike so I'm looking at longer rides 30-50 miles or more in length where one bottle won't cut it. For shorter rides it could be an option though.
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    I use this every so often great for phone and some gu's and keys if you feel lucky, punk. I don't really trust it for keys unless it's just around the hood and not bouncy. This and bottles and saddle bag = no camelbak if I'm in that kinda mood.
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    This might be worth $17 depending on how it straps.


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    I'm thinking of getting one or more of these: Bikepacking Top Tube Bags - OVEJA NEGRA bikepacking

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    Here ya go.

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    I just got a Oveja Negra top tube bag and I like it. I keep snacks and my multi tool there and anything other small items I want handy. I had also ordered the Revelate gas tank to compare, and it is also excellent (now on my wife's new bike). I also have an ALPKIT 3 liter seat bag and am waiting on a downtube bag from Rogue Panda. My goal is to ride without a back pack, and I should be good until I need to carry bulky clothing for the cold.
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    Here ya go...

    Top Tube Bag Roundup - BIKEPACKING.com

    For what it's worth I have the Revelate Gas Tank bag and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    I just got a Oveja Negra top tube bag and I like it. I keep snacks and my multi tool there and anything other small items I want handy.
    Do you have the small or large? Is there room for a tire tube plus tools?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    That Topeak pod thing is pretty cool but I need both cages for water.
    I use one of these- https://backbottle.com/

    I am doing a 100K gravel grind this weekend and I plan to carry two bottles on the bike and a Backbottle in my jersey pocket. if it looks like it's going to be hot, I will put a bladder in my frame bag instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cackalacky View Post
    Do you have the small or large? Is there room for a tire tube plus tools?
    Large. It's 8" long, 2.5" wide , 4" tall at the front. Should be big enough for a tube and other items as well, depending. The Revelate Gas Tank is slightly larger. Both are very high quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradym77 View Post
    Here ya go...

    Top Tube Bag Roundup - BIKEPACKING.com

    For what it's worth I have the Revelate Gas Tank bag and love it.
    Good link.

    Similar roundup from another bikepacking site:

    4 New Top Tube Bags - Bikepackers Magazine

    Top Tube Bag Throwdown Part 1 - Bikepackers Magazine

    Top Tube Bag Throwdown - Part 2 - Bikepackers Magazine

    Top Tube Throwdown - Cliff Bar Challenge - Bikepackers Magazine
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I use one of these- https://backbottle.com/

    I am doing a 100K gravel grind this weekend and I plan to carry two bottles on the bike and a Backbottle in my jersey pocket. if it looks like it's going to be hot, I will put a bladder in my frame bag instead.
    Looks cool but not sure I could stand having that in my jersey pocket. Maybe if I used it first so it was empty first.
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    I use mine for keys, money, headlamp, lip stuff, etc. I think they are handy.

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    Thanks for the links. Lots of stuff to shift through. Sucks that none of those are on Amazon since I have a gift card to use. Not that there's plenty of other things I can use it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Looks cool but not sure I could stand having that in my jersey pocket. Maybe if I used it first so it was empty first.
    it feels weird for about 30 seconds, then you forget it's there until you needs a sip. a lot of people ride with conventional round bottles in their jersey pockets- I have tried that and the Backbottle is much, much more comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    it feels weird for about 30 seconds, then you forget it's there until you needs a sip. a lot of people ride with conventional round bottles in their jersey pockets- I have tried that and the Backbottle is much, much more comfortable.
    I guess for the price it might be worth a try. If it doesn't work out I suppose it would be a good bottle for hiking and slipping into a side pocket on my pack without too much hassle.
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    Anyone using a top tube bag?

    I use one from Nashbar, thatís since been discontinued but itís a basic bag with the top window for a cell phone. Iíve used saddle bags and saddle straps in the past. Since I now have a bike with a dropper, I really didnít want a nylon strap rubbing on the stanchion of my seat post, so that eliminated another seat bag. I liked my saddle straps in the past somewhat, but the tension had to be pretty tight to keep your loot from falling out. The high tension put a lot of stress on a spare tube, coupled with exposure to the elements caused them to crack often.

    I donít really like the look of a top tube bag, but damn are they functional. I can get a 29Ētube, a multi-tool, 3 C02s, 2 tire levers, my phone, and a small inflator in there. And itís weather-resistant. The only think I carry in a jersey pocket are snacks any more. If I was to crash, I think the contents including the phone would be protected well. FWIW, the bike is a Salsa Timberjack.
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    Iíve been using this for over a year: https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde...ockpit/GasTank
    I love it. Contents varies, but I keep food, Houdini, weed, saw, a few tools, whatever. Canít imagine not having it. They make smaller ones too. Pretty bombproof, and thus far have kept my shit dry.


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    I like the Additive V2 frame bag because it can hold lots of batteries!
    https://www.additive-bikes.com/de/ADDITIVE-BAG-V2.html

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    I've got a few rides on this one. It was inexpensive and seems to work well. good internal capacity. Holds my iPhone 6s with a case on. I think there's room for a bigger phone. Fits a tube and some tools. easily. Seems to stay in place on the trail. Build quality seems fine.

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