We have been selling the Viva Saddle bag support for a few years and, apart from one that broke, most everyone seems very satisfied with them. But I have the urge to make our own saddlebag support. I think we can improve on all the existing designs.
It seems best to have a support that mounts to the seat post rather than the saddle rails or seat stays. This allows the support to slide up and down the post to accommodate various sized saddlebags. The seat post is also strong and is designed for this sort of load.
I also would like to have a quick release version that uses a clamp that opens on a hinge and locks with a cam-type quick release. This is the system used on some of the seat post-mounted racks you see on mountain bikes. Some may be worried about a quick release clamp making the support easier to steal, but it's simple enough to replace the cam-lock with a machine screw.
The remaining question is weight; is the extra weight of a hinge and cam worthwhile? Or would it be better to have it removable by loosening two Allen head bolts? It should be able to support about 15 pounds, which I think is about the max load most would carry. Of course a few folks will want to carry more weight in a saddle bag, but this support would not be for them.
08 June, 2009
Posted by Velo Orange at 1:16:00 PM