A design positive....or negative?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Dave 123, 9 Feb 2019.

  1. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    We went to Rutland Cycles at Grafham today for me to buy a new saddle.

    Naturally we had a good old letch at the new bikes, E mountain bikes bigger than a Harley, sleek and aero road bikes and then we came across this...
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    Specialised bikes with a “thing” behind the chainring. I flippantly said to Jo ‘it’s somewhere to keep your sandwiches ‘

    Turns out I wasn’t far wrong. It’s a tool shed that’ll also keep your spare tube. (Isn’t the world going tubeless?)

    Is it more unsightly than a wedge bag behind the saddle, or a big old Caradice, or a bar bag?

    I think it looks crap, but I’m also aware that I might be of the ‘we fear change’ persuasion.

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    I cant get past the seat post!! Hate it

    Some new mtbs have got tool hiding places, in the BB and steerer..
    I love ingenious engineering
     
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  3. Is it a gravelling bike?
     
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  4. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
    It's also expensive, about £75 if I remember
     
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  5. Old jon

    Old jon Veteran

    Yup, extra weight as low as you can.

    Nope, I turn the bike upside down to remove a wheel.

    Looks, cannot see it while I am riding.
     
  6. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Hope it's waterproof / watertight all the way down there.

    Personally I don't mind it, but it would look better on a black bike. But not for me at £75.
     
  7. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
  8. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    I saw someone with one of these,has that bike got a damper or something on the headset ? As for the toolbox,just a gimick,whats wrong with a saddle bag.For 90 quid ill ride with you and stick the stuff in my back pockets !
     
  9. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
    Yes the Roubaix has the suspension on the headset.
     
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  10. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    £90 is not a lot of money to the customers they are after.
     
  11. Slioch

    Slioch Veteran

    Location:
    York
    Oi!

    Having a grotty looking Carradice saddlebag is a badge of honour for "real" cyclists.

    ^_^
     
  12. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    I don't like it personally but if folk are parting with £90 then someone must like it, each to their own I suppose
     
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  13. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I just can't get past the 1980s British Telecom yellow. It looked bad enough on their vans, but on a bike....xx(
     
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  14. OP
    OP
    Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru


    Indeed. If you like that kind of thing:eek:
     
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  15. robjh

    robjh Legendary Member

    It looks a bit jarring as I've never seen anything there on a bike before, but seems like a good idea and I could get used to it. I'll wait till the price drops a bit first though...
     
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