Chris Mitchell Reviews the FenderBag

By SunshineMountain - November 23, 2019

Rider Name: Chris Mitchell

Bicycle Brand Type: KHS

Rider Bio:  Professional Bike Mechanic, some racing

Overall I liked the new FenderBag. 

This type of thing is big in the enduro moto world, so it was probably just a matter of time before it crossed over to bikes. I got to try both the large and med-small versions of the FenderBag. Even though the large FB had nice improvements such as the cinch straps. I like the med-small FB better. I didn’t really need as much room as the large FB offered. Someplace for my repair kit is all I really need on my bike. I’m just used to wearing my bike backpack. I can just reach for my backpack and know that everything is in it. For me, I can transition to the idea that my repair kit can just live on my bike now.

The FenderBag was super easy to put on my bike. I had plenty of options for placement of the FenderBag on my bike and the straps are easy to work with. There is silicone embedded onto the straps this time, making using the straps easier compared to the previous version. A side note on the strap security: My bike mounts in my roof rack with the rear of the bike pointed forward, and when returning from a ride recently, I hit well over 80mph on an interstate. I had forgotten about the FenderBag, and having broken fender brackets on an actual fender before with this situation, I was surprised to see the FenderBag was intact and hadn't even moved. I thought that it would have been whipped to one side or another, but no. I’m sure it took some kind of beating from the wind; however when I checked on it. It was just like it was when I put it on. So, I have no problem saying that the straps really do keep the FenderBag in place.

When riding, I really didn’t even notice that the FenderBag was there. Even though it’s called a “fender” it doesn’t stop all tire spray. I did get some wet and a little mud sprinkle on my jersey but most of the trail slop got caught by the fender. It does keep the mud off of the bike to a certain degree, and it certainly keeps mud off of the bag compartment. The bag is easy to get to and doesn’t get covered with mud like traditional seat bags. And if you want to get techy, in theory, it lowers your center of mass a tiny bit with regards to that same weight being higher up (in a hydration pack or seat pack, for example).

So yes, overall I liked it, it's a nice place to semi-permanently have those things that you always need to grab for a ride, like repair stuff and an emergency energy bar.

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