Saddlebag


Saddlebag

Saddlebags are bags that are attached to saddles.

Horse riding

In horse riding saddlebags sit in various positions, on the side, in front or behind the saddle. They attach to the saddle's girthFact|date=June 2008 and to the saddle itself by straps and ties. They can be made from various materials, although leather was the traditional material it is heavier and requires more maintenance than many modern versions. Saddlebags are one of three types: Pommel bags (which sit in front of the saddle), regular saddlebags (which sit behind it), and pannier style bags (that can be fitted over a saddle that is not being ridden in).

Cycling

In cycling, a saddlebag or seat bag is a bag attached under the saddle. Smaller ones are typically used to hold a few items such as spare inner tubes, puncture repair kit, tools, waterproofs, food, first-aid kit etc. Seat bags are common on touring bicycles, racing bicycles, and cross country mountain bikes.

Bags range from tiny to large (over 25 liters). Smaller bags, known as seat bags, wedge packs, or seat packs fit completely under the saddle. Larger bags which project behind and sideways are usually called saddlebags; a well-known example is the Carradice Long Flap, for many years a staple of British cycle tourists. some prefer saddlebags to panniers because they are more aerodynamic; advocates of the pannier, on the other hand, point to the lower centre of gravity, which improves balance.

Recumbent bicycles have much larger seats than the saddle of a conventional bicycle, and special bags are available which attach to the seat; these are also called seat bags but are typically the size of small touring panniers.

Motorcycling

On a motorcycle saddlebags or panniers are mounted behind the seat and on either side of the rear wheel.


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  • saddlebag — 1774, from SADDLE (Cf. saddle) (n.) + BAG (Cf. bag) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • saddlebag — ► NOUN ▪ a bag attached to a saddle …   English terms dictionary

  • saddlebag — [sad′ lbag΄] n. 1. a large bag, usually one of a pair, carried on either side of the back of a horse, etc., just behind the saddle ☆ 2. a similar bag carried over the back wheel of a motorcycle or bicycle 3. Informal a deposit of fat forming a… …   English World dictionary

  • saddlebag — UK [ˈsæd(ə)lˌbæɡ] / US noun [countable] Word forms saddlebag : singular saddlebag plural saddlebags a bag fixed to the seat on a horse, bicycle, or motorcycle, used for carrying things …   English dictionary

  • saddlebag — [[t]sæ̱d(ə)lbæg[/t]] saddlebags also saddle bag N COUNT A saddlebag is a bag fastened to the saddle of a bicycle or motorcycle, or the saddle of a horse. Syn: pannier …   English dictionary

  • saddlebag — noun Date: 1742 1. one of a pair of covered pouches laid across the back of a horse behind the saddle or hanging over the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle 2. a bulge of lumpy fat in the outer area of the upper thighs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saddlebag — /sad l bag /, n. 1. a large bag or pouch, usually one of a pair, hung from a saddle, laid over the back of a horse behind the saddle, or mounted over the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle. 2. Often, saddlebags. excess fat around the hips and… …   Universalium

  • saddlebag — noun one of a pair of covered pouches laid across the back of a horse behind the saddle or hanging over the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle …   Wiktionary

  • saddlebag — sad·dle·bag sad əl .bag n a bulge of lumpy fat in the outer area of the upper thighs …   Medical dictionary

  • saddlebag — sad|dle|bag [ sædl,bæg ] noun count a bag attached to the seat on a horse, bicycle, or MOTORCYCLE, used for carrying things …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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