The Arundel Dual seat bag is the perfect compromise between the two extremes of seat bag design. Itâ€™s bigger than a coin purse sized bag that barely has enough room for a â€śsuperlightâ€ť tube, yet itâ€™s smaller than the carry-all sized bag that wouldnâ€™t fit in the overhead bin of a commercial airliner. The Dual is small enough to nestle under a seat without scraping against your thigh, yet itâ€™s big enough to hold two 700C tubes and two CO2 cartridges, plus an inflator. So, why two sets of spares? Because you never know whatâ€™s up the road, and itâ€™s nice to know that youâ€™re prepared. That extra tube will make the rest of your ride that much more enjoyable knowing that you wonâ€™t have to use your cell phone if another flat occurs.
The materials that went into making a Dual seat bag are not the latest techno-fibers, and the leather patch could be called "old-fashioned". But what did go into the construction is a lot of thought. Initially, our buddies thought the embossed leather patch should face out the back so it could be seen, but that would defeat the purpose. Its job is to snuggle up against the seat clamp mechanism and protect the nylon bag from wear. So, after several years of use the leather will look pretty worn but the tubes inside the bag will still be protected and the bag wonâ€™t have holes worn in it.
The double stitched Velcro straps are simple, yet secure. When the Dual is fastened to the seat rails, the end of the strap is in just the right spot to avoid tearing up your expensive cycling shorts. The Velcro has a long enough contact patch to hold the bag securely. Weâ€™ve tested the Dual in the same rough terrain and ugly conditions as our bottle cages. No rattling, no swaying. Itâ€™s all in the details!