At the very least you’re going to want to carry a 29er tube, CO2 canisters and an inflation, a small multi-tool and some tire levers which makes for a bit of a Tetris-like packing exercise. Because they can be made to fit any wheel and tire size except for fat bikes.
Of course, every brand in the bike industry is continually searching for a point of difference, and thus, options that use a bracket on the seat post or saddle rails also exist. These are often a bit heavier, and we have seen a few hit the eject button over drops and through rock gardens, but they make swaps between bikes painless.
Regardless of how they attach to your bike, most bags will utilize a zipper to keep everything inside, while others will be more of a roll type which may use buckles or even Boas. When it comes to carrying spares, there is no reason to restrict yourself just to strapping a tube, multi-tool and a couple of CO2 canisters under your saddle ; there are a heap of great options that utilize the front triangle of your bike for storage.
The exterior is made from the same PU coated rip stop nylon used in the brand's backpacks, offering plenty of durability and a bit of weather resistance, too. Inside, there are mesh pockets to keep your gear organized and the bag is held in place with three Velcro straps, making for faff-free mounting.
Beyond the quality finishing, we love the VOC seat pack because it comes in bright colors rather than the stock standard black or flash yellow. (Image credit: Making)The Making Hot Laps gripper is a compact spares pack that uses a Velcro strap to secure your emergency kit somewhere on the bike; whether that be under the saddle or inside the frame.
There are slots for CO2 canisters and a small inflation which are protected from trail grit by a closing flap. It takes a bit of practice to pack the Hot Laps Gripper properly, but it securely hangs onto your spares and keeps them mostly dirt free.
The Rutherford is best used inside the front triangle and can grab onto a frame with tube circumferences ranging from 1-9in. Made in Bozeman, Montana, the Rutherford will hang onto a tube, a couple of CO2 canisters or a mini pump, tire levers and a multi-tool.
Silva is known for its extremely high-quality (and expensive) gear and the Seat Roll Premix is no exception. Made from waxed canvas, the Silva Seat Roll has three internal pockets, with enough room for a tube, tire levers, a multiroom and a Dyna-Plug.
The pack rolls up and is attached to your bike using a Boa dial, with the cable looping through the seat rails. Outrage’s range of seat bags extends from those which can carry an expedition's worth of gear down to those that only hold a single tube.
The Elite bag leans towards the latter, with a capacity of .95l it can hold a couple of tubes and everything you need to change a flat one. What we really love about this bag is the way it attaches to your seat post using a rubber band instead of hook and loop.
The Speedster is not your traditional saddlebag ; instead, it's a Velcro compression strap with slots for all your essentials. It all lays out flat for easy access to everything and comes with a rain cover, to keep your spare tube grit-free.
(Image credit: Colin Levitt) The ski strap we take on every ride Made from UV-resistance tested rubber these things are tough, and neither the strap nor the glass-filled nylon buckle scratch carbon or paint work.
The Plan B pack attaches with a single strip of webbing which runs through the saddle rails and wraps around the clamshell-style bag. However, a handy saddlebag will keep your spare tube, CO2 and inflation, patch kit, tire levers, tire boot, multi-tool and a few other bits and pieces organized and together to make sure you aren’t left stranded on the side of the road, calling a friend to come pick you up.
They come in all different shapes and sizes and are attached to your bike via the saddle rails and sometimes seat post. The exterior is made from the same PU coated rip stop nylon used in the brand's backpacks, which is durable and has a bit of weather resistance, too.
Inside, there are mesh pockets to keep your gear organized, and the bag is held in place with three Velcro straps, making for faff-free mounting. Beyond the quality finishing, we love the VOC seat pack because it comes in bright colors rather than the stock standard black or flash yellow.
To free up a bit of space inside the bag, the Phantom 230 features mounts for two tire levers on the exterior of the pack. A zip runs two-thirds of the way around the bag so you don’t have to pull everything out in search of a quick link, though the interior doesn't feature any pockets to keep things separate.
Levine offers a couple of different seat pack options but if you are looking for a complete set the Levine Loaded Caddy Saddlebag comes with a multi-tool, tire levers, patches and a tire boot, pop a pump in your pocket and you are ready to go. Roundel calls this bag the Dual because it’s designed to carry two tubes, in addition to the other essentials you need to fix a flat.
A single strap loops around the saddle rails and the bag without needing to be anchored to the seat post. The zip runs up the middle of the bag and the carrier sits up almost underneath the saddle to offer a small degree of protection from water and grit being flung off your rear wheel.
The Speedster Seattle is not your traditional saddlebag ; instead, it's a Velcro compression strap with slots for all your essentials. It’s actually made up of three Velcro straps, with the innermost used to create a pocket for a tube, the middle strap has sleeves for tire levers, CO2 canisters and the like and the outermost hook and loop secures the whole thing to your saddle rails.
The tool roll is attached to the saddle rails using a simple yet effective webbing strap and buckle which can be cinched up nice and tight to keep your essentials secure. Aussie outfit skingrowsback makes hard-wearing bags ranging from duffles and backpacks, down to the humble saddlebag.
These are often a bit heavier, and we have seen a few hit the eject button over rough sections of road. Regardless of how they attach to your bike, most bags will utilize a zip to keep everything inside, while strap-on tool rolls may use buckles or even Boa dials.
It attaches to the saddle and seat post with the usual Velcro straps, one of which is reflective, as is the rear light loop. The Barracuda Mini is a well-priced, fully featured saddle pack if you’re travelling light.
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 nubbins.
It’s very tidily made, has a loop zip-pull and our experience of Dexter bags suggests it should last for years. Velcro straps secure it to seat post and saddle, and there are reflective details.
VOC’s little fella is a weight weenie-friendly 78g, with a 0.7-litre volume that’ll take a pair of inner tubes at a push, tire 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 a rear light loop, for what is a very nifty, tough-feeling bag.
The 0.8l pack will take a wide inner tube and more besides, but the end opening can make it slightly awkward to access. The flip side is that the roll-top design with elastic drawstrings keeps everything inside bone dry.
It’s easy to clip and unclip and there’s a large rear reflective patch. The Bergman Flop Like is light and small and one for the more minimalist rider.
The zip is waterproof, it has reflective logos and a light loop, and it appears tough and well-made. Our small 98g buckle-on bag has a 0.66-litre capacity and is made from tough Cordoba 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.