One item I wanted to get out of my pack and onto the bike was my Tarptent Stratospire 2 tent. Even though it weighs less than 1.4kg, its nice to be able to get that off your back.
There are a number of great commercial designs for saddle bags, but I didn't have time to order one for an upcoming tour, so I decided to make my own.
- As a base I used a dive gear bag that came with a snorkling set from Aldi. Its waterproof (except for a mesh bottom that I removed) and has a roll top closure so it can be made as big or as small as you need;
- I removed the bottom of the bag, re-sewed it at an angle that matched my seat post; and
- added some velcro straps to hold it to the seat post.
Here's what it looks like on the bike:
Here's the bag and tent:
Here are some things I like about this setup:
- saddle bag doubles as a rear mud guard to stop a wet backside;
- saddle bag is waterproof and strong enough that you can hang it up full of water and use as a bush shower - I've put a few small holes in the end that goes towards the seat post for this purpose;
- its the only option I had in the time available.