The ultimate saddlebag to carry everything you need for a long Randonnee or a weekend in a B&B, with your choice of features and options.
"Design Your Own" items are made to order based on your choices. The large colored boxes are stock colors; the smaller boxes are special-order colors. Special order colors are an additional $10 and may add a week or so to the production time.
Production of made-to-order items takes around 3-5 weeks. If you need it delivered by a certain date, please contact me and check before placing your order. I can't make any promises, but I will do my best to accommodate you.
The Dill Pickle Gear Large Saddlebag is inspired by traditional British transverse-style saddlebags, but with ligher-weight modern materials and packed with all the features you could want. It's designed to mount on the bag loops of a Brooks or other leather saddle, although there are also many after-market mounting systems available for mounting saddlebags of this type on saddles that don't have loops or on bikes with less clearance above the rear wheel. Here's a useful review of the Dill Pickle Large Saddlebag and the Carradice Bagman support together on Gravelbike.com.
If your saddle doesn't have bag loops, you can also mount it using the Frost and Sekers quick release saddlebag mount, available either for standard seatposts or for Brompton seatposts.
The main compartment, not counting any exterior pockets, has a capacity of roughly 700 cubic inches or 11.5 liters when it's full but not stuffed. It's about 11.5" (29cm) wide, 8.5" (21.6 cm) high, and 7.5" (19cm) deep. Still not sure how big that is? Click here!
The straps are extra long to allow over-stuffing when you need to, and they have strap-keeper clips to secure excess length when you don't. The bag closes with plastic side-release buckles that are still easy to use when you're by the side of the road in the rain in the middle of the night and it's pitch dark.
All large saddlebags have a loop on the lid for attaching a tail light. They also have multiple strap attachment points on the back of the bag, so that you can mount it to whatever point on your bike will keep it the most secure and minimize swaying. Unless you order the mesh lid pocket instead, there are several extra lash-down points on the lid of the bag; extra tie-down straps are available under "accessories".
The basic bag with no additional options weighs about 1 lb or 450 grams; a large saddlebag with Cordura side and rear pockets, extension flap, and brevet card pocket weighs about 1 lb 6 oz, or 625 grams.
Wondering whose gorgeous bike is in the photos? That's our buddy Elton Pope-Lance's bike, built by J.P. Weigle. You can see more gorgeous bikes on Peter Weigle's photostream.
You can order a finished bag that's currently in stock, or you can design your own and choose from these options: