Lezyne Micro Caddy Small  £17.99

8/10

Minimalist pack for carrying the bare ride essentials in rattle-free security

Weight 86g   Contact  www.upgradebikes.co.uk

by VecchioJo   March 5, 2012  

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Not everyone needs to take several rounds of sandwiches, a phone, a camera, a waterproof, a spare gear cable, three tubes, patches, a lucky Gonk and all the other saddlebag detritus that some deem necessary on a ride all stuffed into a saddlepack that would trouble a budget airlines baggage allowance, others like to travel fast and light, the Lezyne Micro Caddy (Small) is for those people.

With a capacity of a meagre 0.5L its cargo potential is plainly going to be fairly minimal. The main compartment is flanked by internal sleeves to hide delicate or pointy things away from the scrummage of the hold, the left-hand one ambitiously marked out by Lezyne for an inner-tube while the right-hand side is split into two; each about the right size to slip a slim tyre lever into. Storage space is extended with an outer pocket that's graphiced up to suggest you fit your micro-tool in there, although it will have to be quite a mini micro tool to squeeze in.

The Micro Caddy is constructed from weatherproof materials and has a waterproof zip holding everything in which keeps the contents from all but the worst of rain and wheel spray. After particularly moist rides it's prudent to take everything out and give it a wipe down though to avoid rusting of anything that can rust, it's no big issue as you'd probably need to give the Caddy a good clean as well anyway after such a ride, especially if you've bought the white one, to match your shoes. Reflective piping adds a tenuous level of safety.

The twin neoprene arms wrap around the saddle rails and Velcro onto the Lezyne's body to provide a secure fastening without the need for a seatpost strap or any extra anti-eject security round the saddle rails, not even your favourite old toe-strap. This one has logged an impressive tally of miles and it hasn't budged at all, and best of all as those neoprene arms can be pulled quite tight it hasn't rattled in that Chinese water-torture way that goes mostly unnoticed by the rider but makes all your cycle companions want to kill you inefficiently with whatever tool is making the annoying noise.

Obviously whether you can get all your preferred ride-saving kit into the small Micro Caddy depends on how much you think you need, it could be a struggle for some. Lezyne say the bag can hold a small multi-tool, a spare road tube and some tyre levers. With a bit of effort you can manage to stuff more in; currently this test one is holding a turquoise puncture repair box with patches, glue and some spare links hidden inside it, a pair of chunky tyre levers, a not so mini mini-tool with a chain-breaker on, a spoke-key and since that ride where the friend with the deep-section rims didn't bring any valve extenders, one of them. And despite it bulging quite tumescently it hasn't thrown itself off or spilled its load into the verge (that's quite enough of that - ed).

Verdict

For the lightweight rider that doesn't feel the need to take their entire tool-chest with them on a ride than this is an excellent choice. Small enough to be forgotten about and not cause too much angst for the delicate lines of your elegant steed yet large enough, just, to fit the bare essentials in. And it doesn't rattle.

Colours – White or Black

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Micro Caddy Small

Size tested: small

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 Lezyne blurb opines that the Micro Caddy tucks underneath the saddle by wrapping around the saddle rails. The neoprene attachment band dampens vibration, creating a quieter and more secure connection. Water resistant zippers and reflective piping keep it ready for all weather. The Micro Caddy S is a small, yet capable saddle-bag that can fit all of the essentials for your road ride flat repair needs.

I'd agree with that, your definition of 'essential' might differ though.

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

0.5L capacity, 100g, 70x75x140 mm, weather-resistant construction with water-resistant zippers and reflective piping, neoprene saddle rail attachment.

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:
 
6/10

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

For a minimalist saddlebag that doesn't vibrate, rattle or fall off it did its job perfectly.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Small, unobtrusive, unrattly.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It could be a bit of a struggle to fit everything I thought I needed in, the white is tedious to keep clean, but it's also available in black.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: It varies as to the season.  My best bike is: The one I\'m on at the time

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Fun

 

5 user comments

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I've been using one of these (in Black) for 12 months. After 12 months wear the outer skin has a couple of holes where gradual movement has worn through the skin, but it's still doing the job, I have a very small Lezyne micro tool in the bottom pocket, some of their tyre levers in the side, road tube and link in the main pocket, but as the review says, its a small caddy, so for instance my Specialized tyre levers just wouldn't go in. I can confirm it doesn't rattle, and I'm fussy about rattles...

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posted by niceguysean [102 posts]
5th March 2012 - 18:14

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if your not fussy about rattles and squeaks your not a human in my eyes Wink

posted by russyparkin [578 posts]
5th March 2012 - 21:49

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As niceguysean says, they do wear through and mine didn't take a year either. After two months of steady use, two holes had developed. However, the holes seemed to have a piece of plastic underneath them (which probably contributed) and this means that the bag stays waterproof.

This took away from what is otherwise a great bag that istill doing good service on my mate's bike.

posted by Winton [66 posts]
6th March 2012 - 0:17

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Got one of these in white (£24.99 at the time last June), road tube, micro tool, patches & 2 zip ties all in main pocket, metal tyre levers in side.
Nothing else. Mine too developed two hole syndrome as well after a few months but not worn through due to the plastic. And definitely dry in out on wetter days or after a wash (when u forget to take it lol Rolling Eyes

works very well though & u forget it's there almost all the time & doesn't spoilt the nice lines the bike manufacturer worked so hard to create - would recommend

posted by bfslxo [129 posts]
6th March 2012 - 13:52

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I also have one of these. I can fit 2 Lezyne tyre levers and a pack of patches in the appropriate internal pockets and a road tube, multi tool with chain extractor and 2 CO2 cartridges with inflator in the main compartment. I don't have anything that fits in that small outside pocket. It is very secure, doesn't make any noises and looks good as far as saddle packs go. I also have the slight abrasions from rubbing that everyone else is talking about but this so far hasn't caused any problems. Best one I've owned over many years.
I got it in white for aesthetics but would advise getting in black as it's very difficult to keep the white looking clean!

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posted by fullfat [5 posts]
12th March 2012 - 14:19

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