Repair Kit Carry Bag

Bag On Bike I wanted some type of small bag to carry my tools and repair items on my cross country bicycle trip.  I wanted the tools easily accessible instead of being buried somewhere in the bottom of my panniers.  On a recumbent, a logical and out of the way spot to mount a bag is up under the seat support tubes.

It turns out that there are not many small tool carry bags designed for recumbent bicycles.  After looking around I decided to adapt a SunLite Utili-T Handlebar Roll Bag.  This decision was based on several factors:

  1. it was large enough to hold everything
  2. it had existing straps that could be used
  3. the large zippered opening offered easy access
  4. it was light weight
  5. the cost was affordable

The first step was cutting a 3/4” x 6 1/2” PVC pipe to hang the bag on.  The existing straps on the bag were tightened around the pipe.  Then the bag was mounted to the seat support tubes on the bicycle:

  1. the pipe was pulled out of the straps
  2. the bag was placed up under the seat supports, with the looped straps sticking through the opening between the seat posts and rear rack
  3. the pipe was inserted through the looped straps , thus locking the bag to the seat support tubes
  4. a 2” x 32” Velcro strap was used to secure the bag to the support tube to minimize movement during bike rides

Velcro Strap On BagThe bag is easily removable when the contents are needed: undo the Velcro strap, pull the pipe out, and remove the bag.

Here is a list of all items plus the weight (in ounces) of the items I am carrying in the bag:

  • Sunlite Utili-THandlebar Roll Bag – 3.4
  • 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ PVC pipe – 1.7
  • 2” x 32” Velcro strap – 0.7
  • 2 – Q-Tube 20” x 1.25-1.5” tubes – 7.1
  • 2 – Q-Tube 26” x 1.5-1.75” tubes – 10.9
  • 2 tire levers – 0.8
  • 3 Velcro tie wrap straps – 0.1
  • mini-crescent wrench – 1.6
  • 4, 5, 6, 8 mm allen wrenches – 3.8
  • 3 screwdriver tips from a multi-tool – 1.4
  • Topeak chain tool – 2.4
  • Park Tool black spoke wrench – 0.6
  • 6 tie wraps & 2 velcro straps – 0.6
  • 1 small section of old inner tube – 0.3
  • 2 – SRAM 9 spd quick links – 0.2
  • 3′ electrical tape – 0.1
  • 3′ duct tape – 0.2
  • 3′ bailing wire – 0.3
  • 2 extra brake pads – 2.4
  • spare nuts & bolts – 2.2
  • spare Garmin Edge 800 mount & 4 O-Rings – 0.4
  • small container lithium grease – 0.5
  • small bottle 3-in-1 oil – 1.0
  • 1 small towel – 1.1
  • total weight – 44.3 ounces

Items Carried

A few notes:

  1. Several people have asked why the Velcro tie wraps are carried with the tire repair items.  I use Schwalbe Marathon tires which have very stiff beads.  When removing the second bead from the rim, I use tie wraps at the 3, 6 & 9 o’clock positions to compress the tire tightly against the rim.  This allows sufficient slack at the 12 o’clock postion to begin removing the tire.  Working the opposite way allows sufficient slack to mount the second rim when putting the tire on.
  2. Some people have asked about all of the plastic bags.  I tend to bag almost everything to miniize moisture from corroding/rusting things.  Also, should the oil or grease leak other items will not be gunked up.  By putting things in different bags I can easily retrieve the particular item needed.  The bags are ‘jewelry’ bags purchased from a local hobby store.

Note Added 10/22/2013: This summer I completed a 3,600 mile bicycle ride using this carry bag.  The bag worked very well and kept repair items together and out of the way. The downside, of course, is getting to the items when they are needed.

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