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Simple and effective organiser for your back pocket that'll swallow everything you need for a ride
Weight: 
77g
Sticky-Pods Large Sticky Pod
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The Sticky Pod is a simple and effective organiser for carrying stuff in your jersey pocket, if that's what you like to do.

It is what I like to do: I have a number of bikes and the large Sticky Pod can swallow everything I need to get me back on the road on any of them. Inside it has a zipped phone pocket (with a touchscreen-compatible plastic window) and three mesh pockets, two of them zipped. There's space for a tube, a tool, some levers, some cash, a credit card and a mini pump, assuming your mini pump isn't more than about nine inches long.

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Stuff all the gear into the pockets, zip it up with the pump inside, lob it in your middle jersey pocket and off you go. It's a bit bulkier than spreading everything between your pockets but not so much that I've ever found it an issue on a ride, and you get two pockets free for gels and such. The large Sticky Pod pokes out of most jersey pockets but only a bit, and the tacky material on the outside of the neoprene shell helps it to stay put. If the sticky-out bit worries you, the smaller version might be what you need; you won't get a pump in that but it'll still swallow a toolkit for a day ride, and your phone.

The makers don't claim that the Sticky Pod is waterproof but I've never had any rain get inside; the neoprene shell is pretty hardy and it's in a fairly sheltered position on your back. If you do have to stop and fiddle with your bike, or answer your phone it's a lot easier to find stuff than digging around in your pockets or a seatpack, and it doesn't need transferring from one bike to the next. You need to be a bit careful about where you put everything inside the Sticky Pod to make sure you get the best shape for your jersey pocket but it's not difficult and you soon get the hang of where things need to go.

I've been really happy using the Sticky Pod and it's now my first choice for carrying stuff around on rides.

Verdict

Simple and effective organiser for your back pocket that'll swallow everything you need for a ride

road.cc test report

Make and model: Sticky Pod Large

Size tested: Large, Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The large Sticky Pod is perfect for longer rides where you want to be prepared for anything your day can hit you with.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

* Fits in Jersey pocket or any other utility pocket

* THREE secure zipper. pockets (One TOUCHSCREEN)

* One easy access mesh pocket

* Protects riders from falls

* Prevents tools and keys from wearing through jersey

* Protects jersey or any utility pocket from dirty tools and tubes

* Eliminates seat bags and velcro destroying your shorts

* Guppy (sticky pod) surface keeps it secure in pocket

* Perfect for organizing Hydration Packs (Dimensions: 9" x 4.25")

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Well made

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

The big one is just right for everything you're likely to need on a ride, and still (just about) fits in a jersey pocket. Stays put, too

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Wearing well

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

Doesn't add much over the tools and kit it's carrying

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Better than having everything loose

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

You take a hit on shipping to the UK but it's still decent value

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well indeed. Great way to keep everything organised on a ride

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Well organised, well made

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

needs careful packing to make sure it's not too bulky

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Excellent performance, loses a point for UK value

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 189cm  Weight: 91kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

 

9 comments

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alanscoachdriver [2 posts] 2 years ago
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I ordered one and I couldn't get 2 tubes in it at all. Also the rings for holding a pump were so small I couldn't get them on my mini pump.

Sent it back for a refund.

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Johnny25 [37 posts] 2 years ago
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Been using one of these for over a year now. Wouldn't be without it on a ride. I can get 2 tubes, 2 CO2 bottles with inflator, mobile phone, tyre levers and a gel inside without a problem.

If you're intent on taking everything but the kitchen sink with you on a ride, then you'd be better off with a saddle bag.

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hsiaolc [370 posts] 2 years ago
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alanscoachdriver wrote:

I ordered one and I couldn't get 2 tubes in it at all. Also the rings for holding a pump were so small I couldn't get them on my mini pump.

Sent it back for a refund.

Using Mountain bike tubes?

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ianrobo [1219 posts] 2 years ago
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Thanks for this review, been looking for something similar for a while and just ordered it

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alanscoachdriver [2 posts] 2 years ago
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hsiaolc wrote:
alanscoachdriver wrote:

I ordered one and I couldn't get 2 tubes in it at all. Also the rings for holding a pump were so small I couldn't get them on my mini pump.

Sent it back for a refund.

Using Mountain bike tubes?

No just Continental road tubes.

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willdeath [33 posts] 2 years ago
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This is great.

As mentioned in the review if you use more than one bike regulary then this makes taking all you need so easy. (Training ride - in the jersey, Commute with a bag - in the bag, Travelling with a bikebox - you have your ride supplies ready to go)

I only road ride and used it for the Etape in the Alpes and now all the time.

With the the large one I fit 2 x inner tubes, 2 x CO2 and valve, levers, minitool, patches, swiss pen knife, mini pump and cash/card. This fits in the center pocket leaving the other 2 for food, phone (in protective case), gillet etc.

I ride solo early mornigs over mountains at weekends when I see not a sole around and prefer to be self sufficient and prepared.

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dave atkinson [6366 posts] 2 years ago
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alanscoachdriver wrote:

I ordered one and I couldn't get 2 tubes in it at all. Also the rings for holding a pump were so small I couldn't get them on my mini pump.

Sent it back for a refund.

i rode bath to exmouth the other day with 2x tubes, tool, chain breaker, puncture kit, pump, money and cards in it. that's more or less the limit but 2x tubes wasn't really an issue.

the pump loops are pretty fiddly but then i never use them anyway, it's not like the pump is going anywhere once you zip it up

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andyminers [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Sticky pods available from amc velo small £6.95 large £7.95  103

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matthewn5 [1190 posts] 1 year ago
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I bought a small first aid bag that works very well and has a handle on the top so you can drag it out easily behind your back:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/9sc/First-Aid-Empty-Bags-QUALTY-Colour-Small/...

It's really convenient having everything ready for a ride, and its small enough to fit entirely within a jersey centre pocket.