Saddle bags….there are so many out there to choose from. What to do? There is the monster bag strapped to the seat post that carries an entire bicycle workshop. You have the little baby ones that barely fit a tube. You can go super cheap and do the “water bottle cut off at the top with tools stuck in them.” You could throw your tools in your jersey for some extra weight on the back. Or you could just roll the dice and go without. Have you ever been on a ride where the “weight weenie” doesn’t bring any tools or tubes and gets a flat. What a pain. I have tended to take the middle ground and be somewhat prepared with a medium sized saddle bag. I can get a CO2, a tube and some Allen wrenches in it. I really don’t like the one I have now. The thing has three points of attachment with velcro. If you ride as much as I do, the velcro eventually wears out and there is also the constant rubbing on your legs. Now you don’t have to be a Quadzilla to get this and I have ruined quite a few pairs of shorts with this rubbing. It is down right annoying. What happens is the bag is so wide that it goes beyond the width of the saddle and rubs your legs.
Enter the Speedsleev…… Sometimes I just love technology. I was cruising around Instagram and a friend of a friend of a friend liked a picture of this thing called the Speedsleev. I was intrigued. What was this tiny little thing attached to the seat post of his bike. I had to find out. I “liked” them on Instagram and then found their website. I had to order one of these things. Rob, the owner and proprietor, sent me the Electric Pro Speedsleev in a small. Upon receiving it I was a little mesmerized at how the thing worked. Enter technology again as Rob has a quick YouTube video on how it works. I wrapped up my goodies in it and went out for a ride in 80 degree California weather. Ah winter…..
All my stuff ready to go….
All wrapped up
On the bike…ready to ride
The Speedsleev is made entirely of an elastic material along with some velocro is certain spots to make your attachments to the seat and close up your tube and tools. It rolls into a burrito the size of your fist, but don’t eat it. It goes on your seat. There is even a little black shower cap to keep rain and road grim away from your tools. Geinus! I even had to use the shower cap the day after its inaugural ride because low and behold it started raining.
My stuff all wrapped up for a rain ride
So after a couple rides I see that my saddle bag chaffing issue is gone. In fact I looked down between my legs and thought the thing had fallen off. Nope, it is tucked so tight to your seat post that you don’t even know it is there. Another advantage of the Speedsleev, for all you cyclists that wrench on your bike, is you can put your bike in the work stand and not have to make any adjustments to the saddle bag. Saves you from having to take your saddle bag on and off every time you want to wrench on your bike. I’m not going to lie to you, but this is the best saddle bag I have ever had. To get one of your own check out http://www.speedsleev.com/home/. They also have one that goes on the top tube of your bike, ones made of carbon for all the weight weenies and a larger bag for mountain bikers.