Not everyone likes the look of a saddlebag or a frame bag. Sometimes backpacks or hip packs can be overkill for a short ride. Your options come down to either filling your pockets with your ride essentials or use your bottle cage and a tool capsule.
Filling your pockets can result in your spare tube or tools moving about and making it an uncomfortable ride.
Bottle cages seem to be more desirable. There are two options; a hard plastic case, much like the Lezyne caddy, or a soft case like the one designed by Rapha. Which brings us to this review.
The Rapha capsule is a new release from January this year. It is exclusive to the Rapha Cycling Club members’ 2019 pack.
I like the look of these. It is pleasing on the eye and a nice addition to the bike. It has a rubberised feel to it for extra grip in the bottle cage, with subtle black on black logos.
The weather-proof zip splits the case in two, revealing one meshed zipped side and one side with an elasticated meshed pocket. It has a soft interior, which gives the rider the option to store glasses in it.
It measures 19cm x 8cm which is the same size as a regular water bottle and fits snuggly into the bottle cage. The weight when empty is a light 100g.
I prefer this to my hard caddy, as it has more storage and is easy to use. Last year when on a mountain bike ride, I managed to lose the top of the caddy and ever since then it has been closed with Gaffa tape- not so convenient!
Hit – Great look. Better storage than a plastic caddy. Frees up pockets. Easier to take with you than a saddlebag to those all-important coffee stops.
Miss – Takes away space for an extra water bottle. Zips may struggle with bad weather conditions. Only available with the Rapha Cycling Club membership.
Comment below with your thoughts. Do you use something similar or have you got any other recommendations for us?