Thursday, 21 January 2010

Saddle bag contents

Now that the weather is unfit for cycling, I decided to sort out my saddle bag ( Carradice Nelson longflap ) and give it a clean out. Also today I purchased some army style mess tins also known as dixies for boiling water & cooking this season while out cycling and a metal fold able wind shield for when using the cooker. So after emptying the contents of the bag I decided to take a photo of the items that I carry while out on day trips etc.

The above photo shows the following items

Custom made Humber musette - for holding wallet, keys, spare change & a camera
Cleaning rags
Leather tool bag
CRC spray can
Metal spanners 1 x Brooks spanner, 1 x unknown brand
Adjustable wrench
Britannia metal puncture kit - old tin with new contents
Metal tyre levers x 3
Brooks saddle cover - for rainy days
Modern bicycle pump - more effective than my old frame pump
1940s telescopic camera tripod
Stainless steel hip flask - For single malt energy drinks
Leather pipe bag - containing a packet of tobacco
English billiard tobacco pipe
Pipe tamper
Pipe wind cap - for smoking whilst cycling
Coffee pot
Stainless steel cup - strapped to the outside of the bag
2 x Army style mess tins
Fold able wind shield
Vintage Optimus 8R cooker - recently re painted & restored
Canvas bag - for containing the mess tins & cooker
Small priming bottle for the Optimus

So as you can see you can fit a lot into a Carradice Nelson saddlebag and even with all the items listed above the bag is not even half full. Of course I hear you muttering " by cripes that must be heavy " well seeing as I ride a high tensile steel 1947 Humber that is rather heavy in itself I am not concerned about weight. Also it's nice to have the space in which to carry the above items as you never know when you'll need them etc. As you can see from the above list, the tools I carry apart from the adjustable wrench are period correct tools that cyclists would have carried in the 1940s, the spanners fit a variety of nuts & bolts on the Humber and are very strongly made so as not to break. If you are planning on purchasing a saddle bag for your bicycle I can strongly recommend any of the Carradice bags for unsurpassed quality.


Jeff said...

A nice combination of old and new.

I especially like the "single malt energy drinks"!

If I may ask, what size is that Italian espresso maker?

Don Speden said...

Hi Jeff

Thanks for the nice comments and the Italian espresso maker is about a 2 cup size I guess.

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