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Arundel's 'The Dual' seat bag is so called as it's designed to carry two of each essential, two innertubes, two CO2 cartridges and the inflater. It's a tight fit but it all fits none the less. My preferred selection was one tube, CO2 inflator and canister plus a small multi tool.
Lookswise it's got a bit of retro-ness about it but the Dual doesn't look out of place on a fully tricked up carbon race steed either. The piping comes in a range of colours; grey, blue, red, yellow, black and pink - so that all-important handlebar, frame, shoes match shouldn't be an issue.
As Arundel are happy to explain on their website, the Dual isn't constructed from super duper space age materials but the nylon used is hardwearing and easily cleaned. With the current monsoon conditions that most of the UK is seeing the Dual has taken a battering from road spray and spent more of its time drenched than dry. Water does eventually get into the bag so if you have got to carry anything that isn't waterproof I'd stick it in a sandwich bag.
There are some clever little design ideas too: the leather patch showing Arundel's logo is positioned to fit against the seatpost clamp to protect the bag from wear. Thanks to all the grit getting hosed up from the tyre ours was looking pretty scuffed and scratched so it clearly does its job.
The Velcro section of the strap is positioned away from your shorts as you're riding to avoid any snagging of lycra. The strap is double-stitched and keeps things tight, though there is the odd bit of swaying about on the more spirited sections of your ride.
The zip showed no issues after all the soakings and a handy tab means undoing it with full gloves on is easy.
Priced online at around the £12 mark, the Dual is good value for money and the size is spot on if you just want to carry the bare minimum get-me-home essentials. The quality is good which should see it last and the mount, while low tech, is tried, tested and secure.
What's not to like? Well, nothing really unless you don't like the colour!
Well priced, hard wearing minimalist saddle bag that you can look at as an extra jersey pocket.
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Make and model: Arundel Dual Seat Bag
Size tested: Black and Red
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 Dual is designed to fit two of each of the most needed spares for your ride. The Arundel website is a great read and shows the reasoning behind the products that they design.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Nylon outer with a double stitched Velcro strap. A leather buffer patch keeps wear to a minimum.
All the stitching looks good and the strap and zip worked well without any issues.
Fits well to a range of saddles and movement is kept to a minimum.
No problems to date considering the weather its been subjected to. I'll report back if anything changes.
Cheap as chips for the quality.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Spot on, the fit is good under the saddle and it carries just the right amount of tools for a quick spin on the road.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The leather patch is a good idea ensuring longevity of the material, plus the simple strap makes moving it from bike to bike easy.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
To be honest, nothing really
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 34 Height: 180cm Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Ribble Gran Fondo
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!