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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Dowco Standard Roll Bag

These are on sale at for $16.00. They are regularly $40.

They provide plenty of cargo room for under $20. Enough for raingear and other goodies, or jeans/t-shirt for an overnight trip.

Dimensions are 9 1/2" high x 14 1/2" wide x 9 1/2" deep with a 0.5 cubic foot volume. There's one pocket on the flap which also has a reflective strip on the rear-facing opening. It's not waterproof but survived today's rainshower just fine--the contents were dry after about 15 minutes of riding in light rain. If you need more water protection, wrap it or the contents in a bag.

The REI bag is a handlebar-mounted ditty bag and map case. I added it so that I could bring along a cue sheet for today's 140-mile ride around the countryside. With some fiddling about I'm sure I could've mounted it somewhere up front instead of on the Roll Bag but this seemed tailor-made for putting it here.

So far it seems to be well-made. It has plenty of attachment point D-rings and can be converted to a shoulder-slung bag. The built-in velcro straps attach underneath the seat for easy mounting, and you can still tilt the seat upward to get to the cargo area as well as the gas/oil fillers. Just hold it up with your left shoulder and fill the gas as you normally would.