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Hi everyone,
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! :cheers:
 

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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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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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