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    I debated whether to throw this in OT or here, but thought I might get more relevant info from those of you who are hauling kit to and from races every weekend.

    I've been using a 10-year old duffel bag that was issued to me when I was a varsity athlete in university, but it's starting to show its age. It has one giant main compartment, a tiny little zippered internal pouch that's no bigger than my wallet, one external zippered end pocket that's mesh, and one flat external pocket on the other end that's an open top. What are you guys using for race bags? Most of my events are single-day, so I'm carrying race kit, warm-up or podium (haha!) gear, shoes, and misc. stuff like embro, chamois cream, baby wipes, etc. I've also got some basic tools for quick fixes (hex keys, screwdriver, pliers, etc).

    I'm probably in the market for something in the 35-45L range.
    - backpack straps (nice, but not necessary).
    - internal divider/separate compartment (high priority).
    - more than just a basic duffel with one giant main compartment.
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    I use a bag from SRAM that is built with compartments for shoes, wet kit, a large main compartment, a place for a helmet on the outside and a few other pockets. It works great. One of the zippers fell off; SRAM jokes can commence.

    My other race bag is a Baileyworks Super Pro XL Messenger bag. It's better in every way except for the shoe compartment. I really like having a place to put toxic shoes and other stuff I don't want mixing in with my clothes. If it had a compartment for shoes I'd toss the SRAM bag.
     

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    I use the Rapha race bag primarily but I also use LLBean canvas totes and a mesh dive bag for towels, wet kit, etc.
     

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    I use a big Baileyworks messenger bag. It swallows everything up. Every once in awhile I hose down the inside and it's good to go.
     

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    Cycling specific bag with a ton of features. Pez did a write up on this piece when it first came out. They do team / club sponsorships if folks are interested in pursuing those angles.

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    easy + fast:
    Baileyworks super pro. Or custom duffel.

    maybe sorta cheap:
    Or scrounge craigs, etc., for a used Patagonia duffel. I had a circa '97 or '98 Patagonia wet/dry duffel that I let go for some reason, but it was excellent.
     

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    If you go to a track World Cup all you see are international sized rollarounds. Riders finishing a meet will roll off to their buses or cars on their bikes, trailing one of these rollarounds. They are pretty much de rigeur in international circles and on many national and pro teams -- coaches do not want to have big floppy duffels or messenger bags that spill open on planes and that kind of thing. Many riders will carry a smaller messenger or a small backpack as a second personal bag for computer, food, etc., but the rule is generally that everything track-related goes into the roll around. One advantage of them is that if you get one with reasonable pockets inside, or if you either install more pockets inside or at least use something like Eagle Creek packing cubes, you know where everything is and the roll around can sit upright when you have very little space or perhaps no dry place to spread out and you can get to everything. It's also more secure if you leave it than the alternatives -- just zip it closed and people tend to leave it alone.
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    ILE Race Day Bag. Don't own that specific model, but own other bags by those guys, and the quality is fantastic. Not cheap though.
     

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    Baileyworks bag plus a washable canvas tote bag for shoes/clothes after the CX race.
     

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    This summer when my basement/shop/bike drop was out of commission, I kept everything in an old rolling carryon suitcase. It was fantastic for rides where my car was the base. Now that cross is up, though, I find it's a pain for getting from the car to the team tent and am going back to my big bailey whale mouth. I'm hoping to stop out at REI and get some compartment cubes (eagle creek or whatever) to keep things tidy in there as that is really my only complaint about the thing. Was also considering riveting backpack straps to the carryon, but I know that would just be really uncomfortable to wear.
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    i have the timbuk2 race duffel. its got separate compartments for shoes and helmet as well as a small zippered/padded compartment for sunglasses/iphone/garmin etc, 2 mesh water bottle pockets on the exterior. there's one interior pocket on the backside of the duffel lid. that's my only gripe...it needs more interior pockets. it works great for CX races every weekend. it also has removable backpack straps. the interior liner fabric is bright blue so it helps when digging through looking for specific items.

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    I think I might buy like 3 more LL Bean totes in different sizes, we use one for everything, but i'm thinking of doing one for each of us, 1 for shoes, etc. I'm too stressed the night before a race to be neat, I overpack everytime.
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    I picked up a Garneau TR-40 bag at an outlet. Has lots of storage room, place for wet clothes and shoes, and two water bottles. Might be overkill but I really like it.And at $30 it was a no brainer.
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    Rapha Team Sky Wetbag plus $5 duffle strap from the ARMY surplus store.

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    Best race bag I ever had was a custom bag built by Wig Bags in Chicago. If you want to spring for something, as with pretty much everything else discussed on this forum, I think the best option is to go to someone who specializes in making it and have them make one to your personal needs and specifications.

    My bag had enough room in the main chamber for a second kit, two full changes of clothes and a pair of shoes. The secondary chamber was separated from the first by a waterproof barrier, for muddy post-CX clothes and race shoes, sweaty kits...etc. I also had him build in a small compartment that was thermally insulated and waterproof for food. The outside had reflective straps on the base so that when I was on my bike in a proper position they faced the traffic behind me, and also had two straps on the bottom for hooking small lights onto for late night rides home from races or riding in the rain. It be came my primary commute bag for several years and remained my race bag eternally.

    Not sure if he is still making them, haven't seen him on the radar in a while - but my recommendation still stands. For $200 I had a perfect bag built to the size of my body and the extent of my needs.


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    Endura makes a Race bag that's fairly big, so you can get even full-face helmets and body-armour if needs to.
    I've seen it and it's very nice, the pull-out little carpet for changing shoes when all around is mudd &mess, it's a nice touch

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    The best money I have spent on a bag was years ago when I purchased the Jandd Quick Change Bag. Quick Change Bag

    Nice features:
    - Mesh parts of all pockets. Sweaty stuff doesn't get gross
    - bike shoe spot on bottom.
    - Helmet holder
    - Tons of capacity without being unwieldy.

    Mine is now 8 years old. Money well spent.

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    Oh Damn! They are on closeout for $39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjoex View Post
    Oh Damn! They are on closeout for $39.

    Quick Change Bag Closeout and Overstocks

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    The "Pro" version is on sale for $49: Quick Change Bag Pro - Closeout
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
    Ogio Endurance 9.0

    Cycling specific bag with a ton of features. Pez did a write up on this piece when it first came out. They do team / club sponsorships if folks are interested in pursuing those angles.

    Mark
    I've got one of these in black. Bought it because it has a silver interior. Makes finding things easier. ...till you load it up with black arm and knee warmers, black shorts, etc.

    Its pretty cavernous, with some well thought out touches like a wet section that unzips from the bottom, helmet strap on the end, etc

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