Author Topic: Frame Bags  (Read 945 times)

Ruthie

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Frame Bags
« on: July 18, 2016, 04:34:36 pm »
What are frame bags like when riding in a crosswind? 

Does everything fall to the bottom and stick out and hit your legs? 

Do they alter the bike handling, can you feel the difference from panniers?

What do you carry in yours?
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Frame Bags
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2016, 05:10:59 pm »
The first question came up in a thread recently, when I said the idea of all that side area put me off them. I hate side winds (and head winds, come to that) as it is. The answer from those who've used them was that they have less effect than panniers (which was no good to me cos I was comparing them, mentally, with saddle bags, but might be relevant to you – though the capacity seems more like a large saddlebag than a pannier, I think).
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Kim

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Re: Frame Bags
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2016, 06:42:41 pm »
Thing that puts me off frame bags is that you then need to find somewhere to put the water...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Frame Bags
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2016, 07:00:57 pm »
I think you can get them made with cut outs to go round water bottles.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Re: Frame Bags
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2016, 09:24:06 pm »
I use a Revelate tangle bag thats a good bit of kit. You can still squeeze 2x500ml water bottles under it on my rig.
The down side is it takes up the room used for a frame pump. (which is too big to go inside the bag)
In conjunction with top tube bags,( one front and one forward of the seat post, called cockpit and gas can, I think) you can stash a lot of gear and stay aero.
Feedbags strapped to the handlebars and frames can also be used to carry water bottles, but you do start to get into velcro dramas with all of the above strapped on, particularly if you have Di2 and a junction box under the handlebar stem.

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marcusjb

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Re: Frame Bags
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2016, 09:28:19 pm »
No noticeable impact in crosswinds.

Good for modular clothing options and stuff you want fast (so mine has arm warmers, leg warmers, long finger gloves etc).

A wildcat custom bag with side loading bottle cages solves the water issue.

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Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!