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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Yet another thing of cycling beauty

When I recently fitted my Brooks Team Pro saddle to my commuter bike, I was unsable to fit the saddle pack I had been using as the rail spacing was too wide. As a result, my spare tubes and tools were carried in my pannier. The outcome of this was them migrating to the bottom of the bag, hiding under the poly bag I use as a waterproof liner. Not an ideal situation so I decided to invest in some new luggage.

After a bit of research, I decided to invest in a Carradice Barley-

Carradice of Nelson are manufacturers of a range of bike luggage, clothing and other equipment. The Barley saddle bag is from their "Originals" range which hark back to their begginings. In the early 1930's, keen cyclist Wilf Carradice was looking for a good saddle bagbut was unable to find what he wanted. He had the brainwave of trying to make one for himself. His resulting bag was so succesful that his friends started to aske him the make bags for them. Carradice of Nelson was born. Their craftsmanship (or craftswomanship) is plain to see. Their Originals (and possibly othet ranges) are all signed by the person who made them. Mine is a Christine

My Barley is made from traditional materials- Cotton Duck, a tight weave heavy duty cotton fabric proofed with naturally sourced waterproofing and leather straps. As I said, it is a thing of cycling beauty and, being British made, complements my Brooks saddle perfectly


  1. Oooh, a thing of beauty! Brooks do something similar too, if a tad pricey.

  2. Having just come into possession of a lovely Dawes Super Galaxy it is crying out for one of these lovely tool bags!

  3. I ordered mine direct from Carradice on line. Order placed late Sunday evening, bag arrived by close of play Tuesday. Great service.

  4. Hey Fuzzy--believe it or not, last year I ordered a Carradice bag, which arrived in Tucson, Arizona, USA--made by Christine as well. That's cool--Cheers! Bruce