We've tagged along with enough PRO training
rides over the years to definitively notice one trend: They might be
obsessive about the cleanliness of their bikes, about the mousse in
their hair, about how little they can eat, about their wine collection
and the # of V's under the hoods of their cars. But one thing PROs are
near-universally not obsessive about is their seat bags. As a rule
they're old, tattered, and stuff is half-hanging out of them because
they get used hard and who, after all, gives much thought to replacing a
And then came Arundel...
They've been a long-time
sponsor of Team Garmin-Transitions, and they spare no expense in
sponsoring individual riders as well. Arundel long ago earned a place
high in the pantheon of accessory companies thanks to the exposure
they've earned from their well-done product placement, not to mention
the effusive word-of-mouth props they get on training rides all over
America from riders of all levels. Their stuff works flawlessly, it
holds up over time, and it looks handsome.
taken the same keen creativity they applied to their original creations
-- bottle cages and bar tape -- and they've applied to that
forgettable-but-essential necessity, the saddle bag. In the last year
we've spied them on more-and-more PRO bikes all across the globe, and
just like the guys who spend 20,000 miles per year on their bikes, this
is the model you probably need, the Arundel Dual.
this bag the Dual because it's designed for carrying two tubes. As you
may have noticed, seat bags have been shrinking over the years, as
though the smaller the better. But some have gotten so small; you wonder
how people can fit anything inside them.
The Dual should erase
that wonder. You can fit two tubes, two CO2s and inflator, tire levers,
and a thin tire boot inside the simple single cavity. Maybe even a few
Allen keys if you go with light tubes.
For all that space, the
Dual still has a minimal profile. There is a single Velcro strap that
loops through the seat rails and around the bag. No second strap wearing
through the finish of your seatpost. The bag is narrow enough to nestle
in place without abrading the inside panels of your shorts. And there's
a genuine leather patch stitched to the back of the bag to protect it
from wear caused by rubbing the seatpost.
The Arundel Dual has 30
cubic inches of internal space and comes in black with Black piping. The
dimensions are 5"x3"x2". Claimed weight is 62g.