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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Large Tail Bags (50L range)

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I've been reading through the threads and haven't quite found the answer I'm looking for...I can't afford panniers at the moment, so I'm looking into a decent tail bag that can carry a backpacking tent, sleeping bag, and enough storage space for a 3-5 day ride. I'm also curious as to how safe everyone feels these after market bags are. Had a family friend who died after a saddle bag malfunctioned and ended up in his chain at highway speed, so I'm leery about strapping items to my bike. Thanks in advance for the advice!
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I had the Gears tailbag (I think it was 50 L) it was a good size and hung just a bit over the sides which was good for weight distribution but shouldn't be any safety concern. It had 4 secure tie down straps with it. And a rain cover.


But. I much prefer my Bags Connection dry bag. About the same price, has better designed tie downs and no rain cover needed as it is water tight. It's a little smaller, but they come in other sizes. Dollar for dollar it's my favourite piece of luggage.


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I have one of these....TS3200 Deluxe Sport Tail Bag- Universal Soft duffle construction helps bag conform to mou .In the photo below i have soft saddle bags then the saddlemens TS3200 from the link on the saddle bags then another bag on top of it and an extra jacket and rain gear on top of that...Then behind all that is a Givi E-55 top case.

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Thanks, I'll look into both!
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I got a Givi.
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That's what I hear, but I need affordable luggage for the time building.
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Don't have one but:
BILT - Explorer Dry Bag - Other Luggage - Luggage - Accessories - Cycle Gear

Here's what I use:
Gander Mountain Sportsmans Bag Large-441570 - Gander Mountain

And:
Attwood Kayak Dry Bag, Safety Yellow - Walmart.com

The Gander Mountain bag has a semi-firm base, which extends out past the bike's grab handles but, access is good because of the zippered flap closure. When using this one, I put my clothes in one of those large plastic storage bags that you evacuate the air from with a vacuum or simple compression (less than $10), just for extra peace of mind.
The Attwood bag is thicker, and I trust it to be more waterproof because by design, it is made for kayaking and it has a roll top closure.

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I TOO have several waterproof "canoe-bags" that I carry my stuff in, ONE bag at a time...!


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I TOO have several waterproof "canoe-bags" that I carry my stuff in, ONE bag at a time...!

You carry a canoe in one of your bags??!!

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You carry a canoe in one of your bags??!!
"MIL-grade", of course...!

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