review

Lezyne Roll Caddy

7
£15.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Ideal organiser for ride essentials though not as good as a saddlebag for bulkier items.
Weight: 
93g

Use it as a saddle bag, bung it in your jersey pocket or drop it in your rucksack, Lezyne's Roll Caddy is a versatile storage solution for those ride essentials.

The Roll Caddy is made up of five pockets of various width and depths which will pretty much carry everything you require to get you out of trouble on a ride. In mine right now I've got a track nut spanner, CO2 canister and inflator, tyre levers, tube and a multitool plus various patches and plasters in the zipped compartment. It's full but still rolls up tight enough to fit under the saddle though it's probably a bit big to fit in a jersey pocket.

It's made from a tough nylon that is so far looking impressively durable. There is some extra material sewn on over the edges to give a bit of reinforcing and stop any fraying so it should withstand a winter of being hung from your saddle rails.

When rolled up the Roll Caddy measures 140mm in length and 80 in width. With my tools in it's about 60mm deep which is obviously going to depend on what you put in it. Once rolled it is secured by a solid feeling Velcro strap. It grips well so there won't be any accidental unrolls. To secure it to the saddle rails or just to make doubly sure it won't come undone there's a full length Velcro strap that doubles back over itself. This is covered in reflective Lezyne logos for a bit of side visibility.

The material is pretty water resistant; it'll keep out road spray and the like but I wouldn't want to risk anything inside it that didn't like the wet. Lezyne don't claim its waterproof so this isn't a criticism.

For carrying things under your seat, I'd say you are better off with a dedicated saddle bag that has a more solid shape. You can load bulkier things into it more easily too. I used the Roll Caddy in my commuting rucksack mostly or in a jersey pocket on weekend rides. It's here that it's switchability comes into play: just one piece of kit to pick up and off I went.

The other plus with the Roll Caddy is for roadside repairs. Many a time on a pitch black country lane have I dropped tyre levers or tools while trying to fix a puncture or mechanical only for them to disappear somewhere into the long grass. Having the Roll Caddy means you can roll it out and lay out the top flap creating a space 250mm on a side for tools and parts.

Overall the Roll Caddy is a decent solution for tool carrying especially if you are as poorly organised as me. You can fit quite a bit in, it feels decent quality and is certainly going to be durable in the long run. Priced at £15.99 I reckon you'll get plenty of use out of it for years to come making it sensible value for money.

Verdict

Ideal organiser for ride essentials though not as good as a saddlebag for bulkier items.

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Roll 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?

It's an organiser for those ride essentials which can be mounted under the saddle or in a jersey pocket. It's a handy bit of kit to grab as you walk out the door.

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

Nylon material

Unrolled dims - 250x250mm

Rolled size - 140x90mm

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Looks well built and stitched together.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Ideal in a rucksack or jersey pocket but a saddlebag of the same size could pack more.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Looking good so far.

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

93g when empty is pretty light.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Good value for money on the whole considering build quality, durability and usability.

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

Great for roadside repairs and for keeping your tools in one easy place.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The unrolled size is good.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not as roomy as a similar sized saddle bag.

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?

I think the Roll Caddy is a pretty decent bit of kit for the price and as I've said above for chucking into a commuting rucksack its hard to beat. I'd rather carry a saddlebag though for on the bike.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Kinesis T2  My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien

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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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