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Bridge Street Saddlebag £60 to £80

Tested by Jon Adams, tester for The Bike List

British-made and developed through the online Kickstarter scheme, the Bridge Street Saddlebag mounts to your seatpost via a quick-release bracket, and comes in a selection of five colours and three different sizes. The Small gives 4 litres of space and costs £60, Medium offers 8 litres for £70 and Large gives a capacious 15 litres for £80. We tested the Medium bag, which weighs just 500g, including the mounting hardware.

To attach the bag to the seatpost, there's the option of a low, short-armed or a high, long-armed bracket. You decide which one you want at the time of ordering on the website, and it's included in the price, along with UK delivery. Both are robust Klickfix designs, commonly used for attaching a barbag to a seatpost, and the low bracket has a load capacity 2Kg more than the high variant, owing to the reduced leverage. A maximum of 5Kg is recommended for both though, as a fully-laden Large bag would be a struggle to fit on the low bracket without touching the rear wheel.

The bag itself sports a large, main compartment, a zipped pocket and uses a roll-top closure for access. The closure has side release buckles at either end, and these can be connected together with smaller loads for a quick close. For larger loads, two webbing straps are permanently attached, and these quickly wrap around the tubular package and cinch up via a ladder-lock buckles to hold the contents and the roll-top closure securely in place.

The base and back of the bag is fully stiffened with internal panels, and as well as holding the quick-release bracket and giving a permanent sense of shape, this semi-rigid design also makes it easier to pack and organize your kit. The only other elements to adorn the understated design is a retro-reflective logo and a stitched on webbing tab for a rear LED light. This works well, and holds a light at the right angle, provided you have enough in the bag to keep the tabbed area taut.

In use, the saddlebag works well. It's light so you don't really know you're carrying it, and the rugged attachment means it doesn't swing from side to side when you're out of the saddle, attacking a hill. The one-button quick release mechanism makes it really fast to remove when you stop at the café, and it's just as rapid to attach the bag when you want to get going again. We tried it with success on both road and mountain bikes. The only thing to watch on a bike with rear suspension is that it doesn't catch on the wheel if your travel bottoms out.

There aren't many downsides to the bag, and its price is comparable with a waterproof bar bag, so value is reasonable, too. One thing to watch though is chaffing on the rear corners of the baseplate. Lean your steed against anything when you stop, and this will be a contact point, so it'd be good to see some Kevlar reinforcement in these areas to avoid holes forming in the nylon. Unfortunately the saddlebag on test was missing the shoulder strap that is normally included so we can't comment on how well this works. This useful addition should be ideal for carrying the saddlebag in comfort to the café or around the shops when you'd rather not leave the bag on the bike.

Overall, this is a great solution to carrying kit that merges old-school charm with up-to-date fabrics and quick release attachments. It's light, easy to use, effective and reasonably priced, but is missing some corner protection.

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At a glance

Verdict Lightweight rack-free solution for carrying the gear you need on a ride behind your saddle. Ideal for commuting, day-tripping and light touring.

Bridge Street says:

The Bridge Street Saddlebag emerged from our search for the perfect bag for lightweight, unencumbered adventures. It takes all the benefits of traditional large capacity saddlebags, and adds a bunch of new ones.

Lightweight - haul your stuff, not your bag

The Bridge Street Saddlebag is constructed from two layers of high strength coated nylon, wrapped around a hollow polymer frame. The design of the bag means the fabric doesn't rub on anything as you ride, so we don't need heavy fabrics or reinforcements, while the waterproof coatings are safely sandwiched inside the bag for a longer life.

Convenient - mounts in a second

We use a standard, quick release mounting system on the back of our bags. You might have the very same thing on the back of a handlebar bag. It is simple, reliable and instant to use. Spare parts are widely available if you break something, or lose something, or want to use the same bag on other bikes. And yes, you can mount the Bridge Street Saddlebag up front if the shape of your bars permits it.

Expandable - adapts to your load

We've designed the bag to grow and shrink according to your needs. Need plenty of sandwiches? No problem, the bag will take your whole lunch, without rattling around when you empty it before the afternoon ride. Seen some irresistible artichokes at a roadside stall? You can probably fit them in…

Minimal - because less is so much more

The Bridge Street Saddlebag has just a few, carefully chosen features. The lining material is a grey nylon that makes it easier to find your stuff without showing the stains of a tough life too much. There is a single zipped interior pocket that is big enough to hold a map. A discreet second zip provides access to the internal frame for crash repairs, and offers a secret place to stash your emergency bail-out cash.

Trustworthy - solid, safe and secure

Our ingenious endless straps are the key to the Bridge Street Saddlebag's versatility. They offer a huge range of adjustment to hold the bag firmly closed and keep your load from bouncing around, however full or empty. You can even strap your jacket on top of the bag if the sun comes out unexpectedly on a wet winter afternoon. And because both ends of the strap are permanently connected, they're less likely to get caught in your wheel if you forget to do them up at the end of a long day.

Reflective trim, a reflective logo and a loop for an LED light help you to be seen on dark winter commutes, night rides or dawn-to-dusk epics.

Simple - it's about riding, not packing

Using the bag is easy, on the bike or off. Just roll the top down over your load, squeezing the air out as you go. Then loop the straps round and cinch them tight. To open it, simply loosen the buckles and slide the straps off the sides.
Off the bike, a handy shoulder strap means the bag can go wherever you do.


The Bridge Street Saddlebag comes in three complementary sizes:

  • Large: with a volume of around 15 litres (around 900 cubic inches) for long weekends, laden commuting or lightweight camping trips
  • Medium: with a volume of around 8 litres (around 500 cubic inches) for everyday use, from day rides to long-distance, hotel-based tours
  • Small: with a volume of around 4 litres (around 250 cubic inches), for day rides, lightweight extremists or as a great second bag for when you don't need all the capacity of the large or medium bags

There are two mounting options, too:

  • The low mounting is lighter, neater and has a slightly higher load capacity, but it works best with smaller bags and bikes that have a lot of seat post showing. Some riders also find that their backs of their thighs touch the bag as they ride.
  • The high mounting is a bit heavier (adds 115g/4oz to the weight of the system) but holds the biggest loads well clear of your legs, and of the back wheel.
  • You can choose the mounting option that works best for you and your bike when you order your bag.