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 seat bag?
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.
They've 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.
Arundel calls 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.
pretty impressed with this bag overall. i can fit two road tubes, two 16g co2 carts, lezyne trigger drive head, park patch kit, sram powerlink and a lezyne sv10 multitool. everything fits perfectly; no extra space, no bulging out.
the main reason i like it is because of the look. generally, saddle bags are hideous; this one's not so bad and serves its purpose quite well for the most part. i do however have a couple words of caution:
1 - the only real problem i had was that the corner of the multitool started rubbing a hole in the bag's side. i'm not sure if it's how i had it packed in there or what but i've pared it down to one less tube and a shop rag instead (really a nicety during roadside repairs) with the multitool packed differently. we'll see how that goes...
2 - if you have a decent setback on your saddle, your thighs may rub against this. totally depends on bike fit/saddle/rider. happens on one bike of mine, but not the other; same saddle design, slightly different setback.
3 - pack it with the tubes towards the leather strip or "top" of the bag, then put everything else underneath. this will cushion it so you don't have metal co2 carts or multitools banging against your seatpost clamp every time you go over a bump (very annoying)
also the photo that realcyclist currently has up is of the arundel uno, not the dual.
Arundel's Dual seat bag is okay in my book. I opted for all black.
I picked this bag for it's simplicity and understated looks. I like that it uses no special attachment devices to get it on the bike... just a single velcro strap. The leather patch placement makes sense, too. Only time will tell how long this bag will last... but, I'm confident it will serve me for many years to come.
I stuffed the Dual with a spare tube, a Lezyne lever kit (includes 2 levers and patches), and a Crank Brothers Multi 17 tool. It fit's all of this with a little bit of room left. More room can probably be had if I packed a smaller multi tool, loose tire levers and loose patches.
The claim is that The Dual can fit two spare tubes... and this may be true if they are sized for a road bike. I found that it will only fit one cyclocross sized tube. This works for me as I don't feel that I need to carry more than one spare.
If you're looking for a decent seat bag... look no further.
Instead of being shaped like a cone or a triangle, this bag is shaped like two rolled-up road tubes. Not surprisingly, it fits two rolled-up road tubes very well, along with two CO2 cartridges, and inflator, a tire lever, and a small multi-tool. It is simple, functional, and unobtrusive. Minus a star because its a little fiddly to feed the shorter end of the strap behind the saddle rail. an extra inch or two would be useful.
2-road tubes (each in a snack size ziplock), 3-Co2s, inflator, 3-allen keys, 2-tire levers (flat ones), glueless patches, 2- Park Tool boots.
Bag is full but not bursting at the seams. Theres room left for my house keys.
Just have to take the time to roll up the tubes tight.
Perfect for me...
This is a classic style saddle bag. Installation was a little confusing, the leather patch is designed to go up against the seat post.