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What Goes Where: The Carradice Camper Main Compartment

The main compartment of the Carradice Camper Long Flap is cavernous.  The entire bag including side pockets has a 24 liter (1465 Cubic Inches) capacity.  Couple this with a roomy handlebar bag and you will have as much carrying capacity as many thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.  Inside the spacious main compartment the goes bulk of your gear (clothing, hammock, sleeping quilt, whatever you like) will ride in dry comfort.  I’ve ridden through several heavy down pours and never had any issue with soggy gear, due to the heavy cotton duck fabric construction of the CC Long Flap.  Line it with a trash bag if you are riding into excessively wet weather as a precaution, but otherwise, there’s no need to bother.  A draw string closure under the flap allows for overstuffing.  Bulky items, such as a tent, can be secured under the flap.  I’m convinced that with proper care, duck cotton and leather straps will outlast nylon containers with plastic clip closures.

Thanks for reading, Jack

  1. ha1ku
    March 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Is there an optional strap for off-bike carrying?

  2. The Velo Hobo
    March 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Unfortunately no, and it would be cumbersome to tote this big bag any distance.

  3. arlen
    March 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

    first off how is the knee????
    2nd that is a big ass bag….darn…you can carry several mental midgets in there..

  4. The Velo Hobo
    March 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    The knee is doing really well. After four weeks of PT, the doc says I may not need the surgery. We’ll look at it in a couple of months. By then I hope to have a couple of thousand miles on it. Thanks, Jack

  5. Han
    January 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Hi all,

    I am a regular visitor of the Velo Hobo and it took a while to see you are touring with a Carradice bag. Mine is black and I am very happy but not when cycling in rain. Its not waterproof when exposed the whole day. So I used a waterproof Sea to Summit bag where I first packed my gear before putting it inside the bag. It worked very well.

    Yes, the duck cotton is definitely made to last but only if used with care. Also happy to have plastic clips on it in stead of leather straps. They are great when in rain and cold you open them with gloves on!!

    Some pics of the last touring: http://goo.gl/tEm9F


    • The Velo Hobo
      January 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Beautiful setup Han. I usually carry a plastic garbage bag in a side pocket just in case of rain. I think the Carradice is an often overlooked touring bag. I love mine as well. Just right for a few days on the road. Thanks for the comment and sharing the pictures, Jack

  6. arlen
    January 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

    that is a serious bikepacking kit….like it`s look

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