As mentioned in my previous posts I am cycling from London to Paris in June. Deciding what kit to take and how to carry it is causing me great concern. I dislike nothing more than carrying cumbersome stuff around that is not needed. This can be evidenced when we went camping in Wales with the kids and took the kitchen sink. Much to my annoyance Fizik to the rescue!
My plan is to use a saddle bag for my spares, phone etc. and the back pockets of my jersey to cover the rest. A sensible size saddle pack should allow me to avoid the need for additional rucksacks or waist bags.
My search started with all the main online retail outlets and I quickly stumbled upon the Fizik Saddle Pa:k which comes with an intriguing clip which is compatible with fizik saddles.
When I bought my Condor Acciaio I had a choice. Do I go for the Brooks leather saddle, keeping with the ethos of the time which was buy once last for ever. Or for a more modern practical saddle which could be used for winter training etc. I plumped for the latter and bought a Fizik Aliante. Little did I know but at the time I was purchasing one with the ICS system built right in.
So what size to go for? The Fizik Saddle Pak comes in two sizes, small and medium. You can allegedly fit a single tube, CO2 cartridge, a small multitool and some stick on patches in the small, and usually that would be fine, However this purchase was all about not needing any more packs so I plumped for the medium. When it arrived I managed to fit 2 inner tubes, a multi tool, CO2 canister, my keys, two tire levers and a tenner in it. leaving me riding my first ride with just gels and a backup pump in my back pockets which immediately felt better.
One of the problems I had though was fitting the saddle pak. Sadly it came with no instructions and after a lot of looking under the saddle saying “surely I don’t have the ICS system on this saddle” I took to the internet and found the following video. Treat it both as a tutorial and an advert. Full credit to the maker of this video, I have just linked to it.