Saddle bags come in many shapes, sizes and mounting styles, but this Road Caddy from Lezyne is pleasingly simple and is just big enough for the essentials so it sits very tidily on your road bike.
The Road Caddy is about as compact as it's possible to get. There is easily space for one inner tube and a multi-tool, neatly stored in a compartment in the top of the bag. I managed to squeeze two inner tubes in without a multi-tool.
I'm a fan of minimalist saddle bags, I always have a saddle bag on my bike as i prefer the convenience of carrying spares tubes under the saddle rather than taking up valuable space in a jersey pocket that could be better used for more food. Or spare clothing. So I'm always on the lookout for small bags, and this is one of the smallest you can get.
It fastens in place by a very simple wide loop of fabric that passes over the top of the saddle rails and Velcros in place under the saddle bag.
There is a loop for attaching a rear light, and it's covered with a strip of reflective material for when you don't have a light attached. The water resistant zipper keeps out most of the spray from the rear wheel and is operated by a large zip puller. The bag itself is constructed from a tough woven nylon fabric that is very durable.
And that's it. The Lezyne Road Caddy does what it's supposed to do, and no more, without fuss.
Really nicely designed, simple and compact saddle bag that doesn't cost all that much
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Make and model: Lezyne Road Caddy
Size tested: 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?
Lezyne's Road Caddy is a compact saddle pack that tucks nicely under the saddle. A large nylon strap secures the caddy to the saddle rails. Clamshell design opens to provide easy access with an elastomer internal pocket for storage.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Durable woven nylon construction
Single wide nylon strap to fit to saddle rails
Rear light loop
Dimensions: 80x40x115 mm
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
If you just want to carry an inner tube or two and that's it, this is a beautifully simple saddle bag.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Simple design, secures easily and steadfastly, and only enough space for essentials.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There really isn't anything to dislike about it at all. If you want a bag big enough to take your sandwiches, this one isn't for you.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A really nicely designed product, pleasingly simple and compact and does all a minimalist saddle bag needs to.
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.