Guest Article: Derek Pearson-Big Bags!

One thing about the Northwest- it rains. I’ve been looking around for bags that would fit nicely inside the Xtracycle’s saddlebags and keep my stuff dry in heavy rain. I also wanted to be able to park the bike and have something detachable, so I could bring things inside that I’d rather not have taken while the bike is parked. Granted, plastic garbage bags will get this done just fine, but it just doesn’t look stylin, plus they are awkward to stuff in there. Plus, I don’t really want to carry trash bags into a movie, grocery store etc.

Main features I was looking for

Must fit nicely in the existing pockets
Must be totally waterproof
Must look good

I think I’ve found that combo in the Overboard Duffel. For tech specs click here

Fits perfectly within the constraints of the sideloaders but isn’t too big to take out and haul around. The bags here are empty, semi deflated and not near to fully packed size.

Lots of space in there. Includes two zipper mesh pockets inside.

Opened up

As a side bonus, I can now carry stuff around when I want to go with the naked look. Just bungee the bag to the top and off we go.
This will be especially handy at night when I want to show off my new down low glow configuration.

First impressions of these bags…. SWEET

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As one of the original founders of He has helped build this site into one of the leading and oldest bicycle commuting blog sites. Filled with passion for everything two wheels, RL Policar covers a multitude of subjects from product reviews, news, articles and technical how to's.