Top Tube bags

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Top Tube bags

Postby PH » 29 Mar 2017, 1:06pm

I had one of these years ago, which was cheap and ill fitting as they all seemed to be at the time. The popularity of bikepacking luggage means not only is there a lot more choice but also they're possibly losing the naff image (Not that I'm bothered by such things :wink: )
I'm considering one for a camera, to use instead of a bar bag, it'd be easier to swap between bikes and also free up handlebar space for light and GPS (I also have a little paranoia about putting heavier things on the bars having recently had one snap) The two I'm currently considering are this Apidura
https://www.apidura.com/product/top-tube-pack-extended/
Or this Blackburn
https://www.blackburndesign.com/en_eu/o ... -tube.html
Anyone have any experience of either? Or any other recommendations/advice?
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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby Threevok » 29 Mar 2017, 1:16pm

Have a look at the Rosewheel ones on eBay too

I have had two of the types that hold your mobile. I only bought the second one when I changed from an Iphone 5 to a 6 which then didn't fit

Alternativey, to carry sonething so small as a camera, you may also want to look at the Front Tube Frame Triangle Pouch Bag Saddle Panniers

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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby PH » 29 Mar 2017, 5:05pm

Threevok wrote:Have a look at the Rosewheel ones on eBay too
I have had two of the types that hold your mobile. I only bought the second one when I changed from an Iphone 5 to a 6 which then didn't fit

Thanks, I've just looked at the Rosewheel ones, they're certainly cheap, but nothing there that quite fits what I'm looking for.
Alternativey, to carry sonething so small as a camera, you may also want to look at the Front Tube Frame Triangle Pouch Bag Saddle Panniers

My camera isn't so small, it'd probably fit in a triangle bag, but it might not be as easy to get in and out.

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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby Zanda » 29 Mar 2017, 5:26pm

Each of the bags linked in the OP sit on the top tube. You can also get bags that hang from the top tube. Some of these are triangle bags that sit below the seat cluster. Others are 'frame panniers' - a pair of pouches, joined at the top, that straddles the top tube just behind the headset.

Frame bags that hang are better for carrying things that might be damaged easily, such as cameras, I reckon. The frame pannier design is the most versatile IMO.

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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby AndyK » 29 Mar 2017, 5:57pm

Maybe look at the RavX To Go Tri Bags, available in three sizes so you can pick one that your camera will fit in. I've seen a couple of them as they passed through our bike workshop (we got them in for a customer) and they seemed fairly well-made and reasonably priced.
St John Street Cycles and others sell them. Bear in mind that the quoted length/width/height dimensions are external, not internal, though the quoted capacity is internal.

I bought a Roswheel rackpack and was not impressed (very saggy) so I can't recommend Roswheel.

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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby millimole » 31 Mar 2017, 4:38pm

Threevok wrote:Have a look at the Rosewheel ones on eBay too

I have had two of the types that hold your mobile. I only bought the second one when I changed from an Iphone 5 to a 6 which then didn't fit

Alternativey, to carry sonething so small as a camera, you may also want to look at the Front Tube Frame Triangle Pouch Bag Saddle Panniers

From my experience Rosswheel is a badging exercise for a number of low-end Chinese factories. I've had some top-notch Rosswheel stuff, and some that wasn't worth the very cheap price.
I'm a great fan of top-tube bags, and the cheap Chinese stuff is a good way of finding out what works for you.


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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby raaab » 2 Apr 2017, 3:41pm

I have a topeak top tube bag, which I used a bit last summer. It looks very similar to the ravx one linked above.(https://www.topeak.com/global/en/produc ... 278-tribag)

It was handy for keeping my phone and a few other bits in, but was also a bit annoying.Anything heavier than a phone in there tended to make the bag fall to the side. If you are just going to be storing a compact camera, snacks, I think it would be fine. Anything heavier I would think a top tube back isn't suitable.

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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby smuggers » 7 Apr 2017, 5:31pm

Hi,

I have a large Alpkit, top tube bag.. Can fit quite a bit in. I usually have my compact camera, powerbank, wallet & food in it. Very well made and once fitted, it stays put. I also run a cable from the powerbank to my phone, via a openning in the front of the bag. They do 3 different sizes also.

https://www.alpkit.com/products/fuel-pod-large

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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby reohn2 » 9 Apr 2017, 9:29am

If I were the OP I'd definitely go for the Blackburn one for what it's to be used for,I don't own one and I'm only going of f the video in the link.
Blackburn stuff is good quality and access looks very good quick access to a camera,the bag also has other useful pockets too
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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby PH » 9 Apr 2017, 9:38am

reohn2 wrote:If I were the OP I'd definitely go for the Blackburn one for what it's to be used for,I don't own one and I'm only going of f the video in the link.
Blackburn stuff is good quality and access looks very good quick access to a camera,the bag also has other useful pockets too
My 2d's worth.

Yes, I've ordered one, I particularly liked that full opening for the reasons you mention and wasn't particularly bothered that it's twice the weight of some of the others. I'll update when I've received and used it for anyone else who might be interested.
OT - While looking into this, I've noticed how the range and options for cycle luggage in general has increased recently. It seems carrying stuff on your bike and going on a ride for more than one day is becoming increasingly popular, even if no one wants to call it touring. Good stuff.

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Re: Top Tube bags

Postby reohn2 » 9 Apr 2017, 10:05am

PH wrote:Yes, I've ordered one, I particularly liked that full opening for the reasons you mention and wasn't particularly bothered that it's twice the weight of some of the others. I'll update when I've received and used it for anyone else who might be interested.

Good,I look forward to reading what you think of it and how it works for you.
OT - While looking into this, I've noticed how the range and options for cycle luggage in general has increased recently. It seems carrying stuff on your bike and going on a ride for more than one day is becoming increasingly popular, even if no one wants to call it touring. Good stuff.

I agree the range,design and quality of stuff an has expanded no end in recent years,especially the bike packing frame bags etc,all good news IMO :) .
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