Cyclodelic Saddle Bag Black/Pink  £55.00

8/10

Fabulous looking bag, on or off the bike, and usefully roomy - not cheap, but not expensive either

Weight 233g   Contact  www.cyclodelic.co.uk Amy Fleuriot amy@cyclodelic.co.uk

by Leonie Jennings   April 19, 2010  

Cyclodelic bar bag

Cyclodelic aim to bring a little girlie style back into cycling kit, and the Saddle Bag shows just how committed to this end they are.

A fairly traditional bag in concept, the Cyclodelic Saddle Bag adds a few twists just to keep things interesting. Available in either black and metallic hot pink or purple and gold colour options, the bag is immediately visually arresting. Lined with a fun contrasting screen printed ‘wheel’ design cotton fabric, they contain an elasticated pouch pocket for keys, phone etc, as well as the roomy main compartment. The bag measure 15cm x 14cm x 15cm so it’s a generous size for a saddle bag, and easily big enough to take your phone, lunch, camera and a lightweight windproof jacket or a spare pair of gloves. It's reasonably light too at only 230g.

The bag fixes incredibly easily to the rails of the saddle and to the seatpost, and is stable and secure in use. It’s made from hardwearing cordura and whilst not waterproof, it will shed road muck and light showers reasonably well. The bag fastens with a pair of brass coloured metal fasteners, and has a reflective trim that runs along the top of the coloured panel. Ideally, I’d have liked this reflective trim to have been standard colour Scotchlite, rather than the black variant, as this seems to be more readily reflective, but it does do the job and makes the rider more visible. A tab on the front of the bag also acts as a handy light clip for additional after-dark safety.

What really sets this bag apart though, is the strap design. With a few contrast coloured press-stud fastenings, the bag can easily be morphed from a saddle bag into a funky shoulder bag or clutch bag, that genuinely doesn’t look out of place or too ‘bikey’ for a shop or café stop, or even an evening out.

All in all, it’s a cool and useful bag, it's not cheap as saddle bags go, but then it is trying to be more than simply functional - it's a designer fahion item, plus it is also a very versatile bag and judged against the sorts of prices you might expect to pay for a designer shoulder bag (or even a non-designer one) the price seems reasonable for something that is both lovely and useful.

Verdict

Fabulous looking bag, on or off the bike, and usefully roomy. A little bit pricy as a saddlebag… but possibly not as a bag

road.cc test report

Make and model: Cyclodelic Saddle Bag Black/Pink

Size tested: standard

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, immensely.

Would you consider buying the product? Have started saving already.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes. But I'd rather be exclusive.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

1 user comments

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Excellent! Big Grin
Not my first choice, but its the style that counts!
Let the great transverse saddle bag revival begin!

So much better than pretending to be a messenger...

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posted by neilwheel [130 posts]
19th April 2010 - 17:02

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