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Springfield, MO

Sheldon's Passions

Road Biking

Sheldon's Bio

Mainly picked up riding for Fitness purposes. I've always loved riding bikes from a young age when I rode dirt/bmx. Built my first bike up (Sandblasted, painted, converted to single speed) a couple years ago and got addicted to pushing for faster speeds. Fast forward to now and I bought my first road bike (2013 Giant Defy 1 - Nothing too special) and plan on riding it for a good while. Hopefully I'll be building a commuter/cross type bike up pretty soon too.


Sheldonwrote a review of on May 24, 2014

The perfect Saddle Bag (IMO)
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this saddle bag for months now, and can honestly say it is the perfect saddle bag...for my needs. What makes this such a good bag is it's slim profile and Arundel's attention to detail. You will find lots of reviews for other saddle bags of this size that your thighs hit, or have a strap that grabs the seat post that will rub your shorts/bibs. This bag was well thought out to avoid these types of issues while still offering plenty of storage for long rides, especially since it frees up your jersey pockets for other things like more food, phone, wallet, etc.

Currently I have the following items in my bag, and I still have too much space left. I end with moving items in the bag. I'll probably upgrade to a larger 9-10 item multi-tool to take up space. If I got a smaller C02 Inflation chuck I could easily fit more small items. The key is to pack it snug so you don't have any rattling. Which even for my current setup, I never hear a sound. This is probably because the tubes line the side walls, and all the other bits go in between them. So that rubber definitely acts as an insulator.

The bag itself has a nice sewn leather patch where it meets the underside of your saddle. This keeps from friction rubbing a hole in the canvas. It also adds a nice touch of detail to an otherwise boring product.

I don't know how much more praise I can give this bag. I upgraded from the Arundel Single, which is another great minimalist bag. The only reason for the upgrade was to easily fit two tubes and two C02 cartridges. I like to be self-supportive on longer rides and its nice being the guy to lend a hand to a friend that's less prepared.

In the end, I did a lot of research and read countless other reviews before settling on this bag. It does what a saddle bag should and nothing more, while also looking much more attractive under the saddle than most odd shaped bags on the market. Get it! You will be happy with your choice.





Sheldonwrote a review of on September 23, 2013

Simple and Clean
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did a ton of research on seat bags. I have no life. After putting way too much time and thought into something as simple as a seat bag, I decided to go with this small, simple and clean bag. I guess some of the photos were a little misleading as to the petite size of this thing, but man it's tiny! The nice thing is, you can still pack quite a bit to help you get home in case of a flat. One of the main reasons I took so long to pull the trigger on a bag is because I know they are generally shunned as being ugly and stupid...but they still serve a very important purpose! Often times I'm riding before I work the evening shift and I will go for 20+ miles away from home during the middle of the day when most people are at work, that means if I get a flat, I'm stranded.

I have this stuffed with 1 tube, tube patches, a Pedro tire lever (pretty bulky), a 6 tool mini-tool, 1 x Co2 cartridge and Planet Bikes Co2 chuck (The one with that big red knob which is obnoxiously huge! Don't buy it). It all fits rather well and still zips just fine.

I ended up also purchasing the Arundel Dual from Competitive Cyclist because I ride some rough roads, dirty trails, and generally have bad luck. This will hold 2 tubes and Co2 cartridges plus a larger multi tool which gives me enough confidence to ride harder and farther before I have to go to work.