I wrote what I thought was a very humorous post on my cycling anniversary about how my Venge evolved from the day I brought it home. In that post there was a photo of my Venge with a saddle bag on it… The caption read “I just can’t stand my bike looking like a Ballchinian”. I hated how my bike looked with a saddle bag on it… Hate is a powerful word and it is used in that last sentence properly.
Since, I’ve carried my tube, CO2 and tire levers loose in my back pocket. Emergency cash too. What I hated about that setup was that my cash was always soggy and I was embarrassed to present it to a cashier. My $30 multi-tool rusted too. If that weren’t enough (and it was), with everything sitting askew in my back pocket, riding was less comfortable. Still, that was better than a Ballchinian bike.
Then one day out of the blue, I walked into my local shop and saw a back pocket pouch that I had to have:
So, I get the best of both worlds! My bike looks fantastic (as it should), I can still carry all of my tools, money, key, credit card and driver’s license without getting any of them soggy and the pouch is small enough that it doesn’t put too much of a strain on the elastic in the pocket.
Getting this sorted was a major pain in my butt for a long time. I’m glad it’s finally over and solved.