The Ride Pro Small Phone Frame Bag is a top tube bag that not only swallows a tube, money and keys, but gives you full touchscreen access to your phone. You still catch your knees on this updated model, though.
Dan Joyce tested the Universal model of this bag a couple of years ago and wasn't overly impressed, mostly because of the width. This 'new' model is slightly slimmer, but still just that bit too wide, certainly for some pedalling styles.
Held in place with two Velcro straps (and an extension strap for wider frames), it's really quick and easy to attach to your frame. It feels robust and well made, and should survive a good few scrapes.
The design is simple. Your phone sits in the top section, leaving a large section underneath it. It's designed to take phones up to 138x70mm - slightly smaller than the previous model. Ride Pro say it's suitable for iPhones 4, 5 and 6 and Samsung Galaxy S3 and 4. My iPhone fitted perfectly. I also tried it with an HTC One M8, which is longer and bigger. I managed to get it in and operate it, but it was a bit of a squeeze.
The window to view your phone is really handy, especially as you can operate the touchscreen through it. I had access to maps, messages and so on without having to dig around in a backpack, saddlebag or rear jersey pocket. Your phone is held securely in place in a padded compartment with Velcro, and it really is secure. The section below is big enough for a multitool, spare tube, small packet of wipes, snack, keys and so on.
It's water resistant and kept my phone and the kit below it bone dry in a sudden downpour the first time I used it. In torrential rain you might want to pop your phone in a plastic bag, as it isn't fully waterproof, to ensure it doesn't get soaked in torrential rain. Or you could order a "100% waterproof" cover for an extra £2.50.
That width, though. You can get quite a lot in the bag, but I kept brushing my knees against it with every pedal stroke. I managed to stop by adjusting my riding position, and it probably does depend on how you ride, but my knees like to stay close to the frame, so the bag is still a bit bulky.
It comes with an extension cable for headphones (there is a socket hole for your headphones in the bag), but bigger phones don't allow enough space for fitting a cable. At the time of testing it's also on offer at £11 rather than the rrp of £15.
Useful, stores lots and you can access – and use – your phone, but the bulk will annoy some
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Make and model: Ride Pro Small Phone Frame Bag
Size tested: black, suitablefor iphone 4/5/6 Galaxy53/4 and phones up to approx 138x70mm
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?
A padded bag for carrying things and your smartphone.
RidePro say: "Quality, water resistant, padded bag."
The bag is water resistant and held my phone securely.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Includes Velcro extension strap for bikes with combined frame tubes (where down tube and top tube meet before they reach the head tube)
Phone touchscreen operates as usual through window
Two Velcro lower straps and elastic front strap hold bag securely in place
Reflective side piping
Sizes: 19cm long, 8.5cm wide, 9cm high.
Phone pouch size: 15.5x7.5cm
Includes free headphone extension cable (only for smaller phones)
Optional 100% waterproof rain cover
Suitable for many different phone models including: Apple iPhone 3/4/5/6, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 and many many more. Note larger phones such as Galaxy S3/S4 and iPhone 6 are a snug fit and do not allow space for angled headphone cable
The bag is well made and well padded.
The touchscreen element of the bag works well.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The bag worked well for its purpose.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I liked the storage space.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
My knees kept hitting it because of its width.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, mostly
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 34 Height: 158cm Weight: 61kg
I usually ride: Giant defy My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking