Frequently Asked Questions
These are the questions we are often asked by customers - you may find the answer to your question here.
What's the best saddle bag attachment for me? We have a very extensive range of saddlebag attachments. To help you choose, read about the benefits of each here
Old Man Mountain Pannier Racks - what size P-clamps do I need? The measurement given for the P-clamps is the diameter. Front racks normally attach to forks, rear racks to seat stays. If you have oval tubing, measure the circumference and divide by 3.14 to get the right size.
SQR Seatpost Bands - what size do I need? Standard fits seatposts up to 32mm diameter. Large fits seatposts up to 40mm diameter.
Cotton Duck Fabric
How waterproof are the Cotton Duck bags? Our cotton duck bags are 100% waterproof. You can read more on how This orginal performance fabric works here
How do I clean Cotton Duck? The easiest way to clean you bag is to dry it and then brush off the loose mud. For stubborn muddy stains use warm water and a nail brush or similar. Never use detergent as this strips out the waterproofing.
How do I keep my cotton duck bags looking good? You should always let the bags dry out after a wet day's ride - empty out the contents to speed up the process. If bags are left damp for a prolonged period of time they could become prone to mildew. Avoid battery acid spills - keep your torch and spare batteries in a sealed plastic bag. Clean your cotton duck bag regularly (see above).
How do I reproof Cotton Duck and how often should I do it? The frequency of reproofing will depend on how much your bag is used - especially if you need to scrub it clean regularly. Try pouring a drop of water onto your bag lid. If the water soaks through to the inside it's definitely time to reproof. Use the reproofing wax available here and rub it into the outside of your bag with a rag. Leave it to penetrate the fibres fully overnight and you're ready to go.
How do I choose the right one for me? We make saddlebags in a large range of sizes and styles. Some have pockets to help organise your items, many have lashing points on the lid so you can carry extra gear. Three of our largest saddlebags also have extending lids (longflaps) to give even more flexibility. Our saddlebag comparison chart gives all the details to help you choose the right one.