Top tube bag

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Top tube bag

Postby roberts8 » 1 Aug 2018, 8:36am

During Ride London I saw a great variety of top tube bags that looked useful. I want one that is for a phone but I will probably use it to put route details in. Any thoughts please as I cannot find one in particular I liked that began with an i as in iPhone.

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby whoof » 1 Aug 2018, 10:20am

There are 'triathlon' ones designed to take a few gels that are very slim but you wouldn't be able to fit a (modern) phone in. As they get wider you can certainly get more stuff in but there can come a point where you start to hit it with your knees when out of the saddle.

Unless you ride with your knees sticking out I would see if you can try one before you buy.

Lidl where doing a phone holder recently (5th July) for £3.99 but that fitted to the stem and not the top-tube there might still be some in your local store.
Aldi have a top-tube one for £6.99, I would definitely hit this with my knees you might be different.
https://www.aldi.co.uk/bikemate-top-tub ... 2213760101
Decathlon have a few different ones.
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-848002-bike-phone-holders

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby FasterFerret » 1 Aug 2018, 3:01pm

whoof wrote:
Unless you ride with your knees sticking out I would see if you can try one before you buy.



+1

and for this very reason, I have a phone mount on my stem (QuadLock - expensive, not waterproof but very robust and still going strong after 4 years of use) and a separate top tube bag, which, if I am going to be spending much time out of the saddle, I cinch in with an additional velcro strap. I find this keeps it out of the way of my knees.

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby TrevA » 1 Aug 2018, 4:01pm

Do you need to be able to see your phone whilst riding? That will cut down the options.

I use a Topeak Fuel Tank, to store phone, battery for charging the Garmin and energy bars. I do find it gets in the way a bit when climbing out of the saddle so wouldn't want anything wider.

I also use a Quadlock mount on the handlebars if I do need to see my phone.

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby brynpoeth » 1 Aug 2018, 4:03pm

I use the three big pockets on the back of my traditional cycling jersey
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Re: Top tube bag

Postby mjr » 11 Aug 2018, 1:45pm

brynpoeth wrote:I use the three big pockets on the back of my traditional cycling jersey

Bad idea to put something in a fairly flammable fabric which can catch fire if damaged in a fall IMO. It'll probably never happen but why risk it when bike mounts are cheap?
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Re: Top tube bag

Postby eileithyia » 12 Aug 2018, 9:56am

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Furado-Waterpr ... r+bicycles
Plenty of choice at Amazon, if I dare mention such a company.... :evil:
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Re: Top tube bag

Postby boris » 12 Aug 2018, 10:23am

https://www.lightinthebox.com/en/p/rosw ... rm=1.3.5.2

https://www.lightinthebox.com/en/p/roswheel-cycling-bags-panniers-basket-bicycle-accessories-sacoche-velo-bolsa-quadro-bicicleta-put-mobile-map_p5020855.html?prm=1.3.5.2

I use these often . They are cheap, easy to put on and off whichever bike you pick today. I have top tube bags but they are always noticeable and can give you the knees-out look. If you want to look at your phone all the time you can fashion a wire support round the stem and bars , although I don't bother.

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby Airsporter1st » 12 Aug 2018, 10:37am

As I understand the OP (maybe wrongly), he's seen one beginning with the letter "i" and now can't find it.

If that is the case, here is one I found:

Ibera Bicycle Top Tube Phone Bag for Screen Size - Silver, 5-6-Inch https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00V8SCA1U/ ... BBbFSQ2HXB

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby roberts8 » 13 Aug 2018, 12:14pm

Thanks, looks like the one so I will look into it. I will use the panel to read written route details but may one day graduate to using a phone. It is a worry that these product seem to encourage the use of headphones when cycling as I think it is crazy to block off the sounds around you when cycling, Darwin at his best.

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby Salty Seadog » 13 Aug 2018, 10:27pm

mjr wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:I use the three big pockets on the back of my traditional cycling jersey

Bad idea to put something in a fairly flammable fabric which can catch fire if damaged in a fall IMO. It'll probably never happen but why risk it when bike mounts are cheap?


To be fair that is always happening.

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby gregoryoftours » 14 Aug 2018, 1:00am

If you just want to hold your phone not use it while riding I'd recommend the lezyne energy caddy XL. It's about as wide as a top tube, is large enough to hold a phablet and fairly rigid so doesn't flop about. Apidura make really nice ones but insanely expensive.

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby mjr » 14 Aug 2018, 10:16am

roberts8 wrote:Thanks, looks like the one so I will look into it. I will use the panel to read written route details but may one day graduate to using a phone. It is a worry that these product seem to encourage the use of headphones when cycling as I think it is crazy to block off the sounds around you when cycling, Darwin at his best.

Sometimes it is useful to listen to navigation voice prompts in noisy cities. I think it is crazy in busy places to occupy your eyes with looking at route details or navigation screens instead of watching the road and other road users around you. We'll see who Darwin takes first!
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Re: Top tube bag

Postby RickH » 14 Aug 2018, 11:20pm

mjr wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:I use the three big pockets on the back of my traditional cycling jersey

Bad idea to put something in a fairly flammable fabric which can catch fire if damaged in a fall IMO. It'll probably never happen but why risk it when bike mounts are cheap?

Of course no-one in their right minds carries their phone round in a pocket in case they fall over damage it & it bursts into flames while they are doing so! :twisted:

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Re: Top tube bag

Postby Airsporter1st » 14 Aug 2018, 11:57pm

RickH wrote:
mjr wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:I use the three big pockets on the back of my traditional cycling jersey

Bad idea to put something in a fairly flammable fabric which can catch fire if damaged in a fall IMO. It'll probably never happen but why risk it when bike mounts are cheap?

Of course no-one in their right minds carries their phone round in a pocket in case they fall over damage it & it bursts into flames while they are doing so! :twisted:


And there's me worried sick about death by disc brakes, when all the time the real risk has been of incineration by mobile phone. Not sure I'll sleep tonight. Anyone want to buy a bike?