My droopy sack

I thought I was the only person with a droopy sack until I saw my buddy Pablo post about the same problem on Facebag. It is quite embarrassing when your bag doesn’t hang tight against your post and sort of droops and sags. Like Pablo’s, at times mine droops so low I have to reach down with both hands to haul it back up. Maybe because of age or overuse, no matter how often I grab my sack and pull it up, after a while it sags back down.

There are lots of cyclists out there with droopy sacks, and it’s a big problem. For one, your sack is where you keep your multi-tool, and it can be a big headache when you’re trying to get to your tool but your sack is just dangling around. Part of the reason my sack dangles is because it’s mostly empty. This makes it flop from side to side. Back in the day when I was young, my sack was always snug up against the post, and it was always full. I think having a full sack made it more stable.

Unfortunately, none of the things I’ve tried have worked. My first attempt involved grabbing my sack with one hand and then with the other tightening a strap around it. Too much pressure on the sack makes it bulge, though. My second attempt was to just shift it over a bit, but it seems like the sack itself is unbalanced, as one side of the sack hangs down lower than the other. I think that may be because of the contents of the sack.

Some riders have done away with their sack entirely, and they just stuff their tool in their jersey. I’ve tried it, but with your tool in your jersey pocket it sometimes pokes you in the back, which is uncomfortable. Plus, the tool itself is quite hard and can rip through the jersey fabric. Still other riders have actually replaced their sack with a smaller one. I can’t imagine jamming all that stuff into a tiny bag.

Anyway, I’ve had this sack for a long time and it has served me well. For now the best solution is simply to reach down and grab my bag when it dangles too low, shove it back up and readjust the way I’m sitting to keep my thighs from batting it to and fro. It can get whacked pretty hard if you bat your sack with your thighs by mistake, but generally this seems to work fine. If anyone out there on the Internet has any good ideas about how to handle a really droopy sack, let me know. My current sack is a medium-sized Serfas, with two zippers and a clip-on belt for a light or rear reflector, and it easily holds two tubes and cartridges, as well as my tool.

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45 thoughts on “My droopy sack”

  1. I use a nice piece of orange duct tape.
    Yes, it does leave your sack a bit sticky…and will be painful if you get any hairs stuck in it…but, I think it’s quite attractive, and keeps my sack high and tight.

  2. what is odd is the sackless. the post looks bigger, but where do they keep their emergency rubber?

    1. I always ride sackless. I ride with a leather case containing one tire iron from 1983, a multitool, one Co2 cartridge, one tube, one gash patch, one set of tube patches, an ID, one 20 dollar bill. Fits neatly in the center jersey pocket.

      On my seat post is a Serfas Thunderbolt.

      Sacks rub the paint of my Mooney.

      The sack has go to go.

  3. Funny you should blog about this as I had my sack become deranged and droop between my thighs on the last big ride. It was really uncomfortable trying to adjust my junk on the fly and not take out half the peloton. Finally I had to stop and get both hands down there to straighten it out. This is a problem!

    1. I’m just afraid that with a cup there won’t enough room for the liquid that I need while riding.

  4. I’ve been using a fizik sac for 4-5 years, it fixes the issue though the plastic taint does break after a couple of years, it also has handy loops that combined with a short elastic strap hold it really stable especially in BWR type situations. Offcause completely useless unless you have a fizik saddle.

  5. I got with an Arundel sack. My sack has pink-piping along the edges. The pink on my sack makes my sack look, for lack of a better word, hipster. I find that having pink on your sack attracts a lot more conversation and, quite frankly, a lot more women.

    Sometimes they say, “Oh wow, look at that pink sack. Most boys are too insecure to rock that black and pink sack, but you are pulling it off.”

    Guys look at my black and pink sack as well, and this is (of course) no problem at all. I’m used to my sack drawing the attention of all matters of living things. Sometimes the rabbits near Portuguese Bend bat an eye in my direction. It’s a tough life.

    But my Arundel sack (aptly named, “The Dual”) is really quite perfect. There’s only one velcro strip, but it loops around the entire interface with the saddle. Easy to take on and off, stores tons of stuff, looks rad, and has taken many abusive mountain bike outings.

    Cheers!

  6. Seth, PLEASE have your sack checked out immediately. A droopy sack can be symptomatic of a much more serious condition, that if left untreated, can lead to grave consequences.

    Last year there was a local rider who found himself with a droopy sack. But he refused treatment and just kept riding on it. This resulted in an unspeakable (but eminently typable) horror, when the rider suffered a COMPLETE SACK DETACHMENT. As a man, it pains me to even type those words, but worse, I witnessed with detachment with my own eyes and GoPro. The nightmares haunt me to this day.

    Here is a video of the sack being severed from its base; please be advised that it contains graphic imagery and is very, very disturbing:

    t=136s

    Guys, check your sack regularly and do NOT igonore the signs of Early Onset Sack Droopiness™.

      1. This droopy sack, leading to full sack detachment, is just terrible. I’m going to have Mrs. WM check my sack tonight and snug it up a tad.

    1. This is one of the most awful things I have ever seen. Full sack detachment. It’s almost as horrific as getting called out for running red lights on NPR by the blabberwankers who cheat, cut the course, chop wheels, and nose up to the front only to swing over and gap out everyone else.

      Almost.

    1. Is that sack-tightening surgery, or the kind where they turn the sack inside out and stuff it back up inside? Confused. But interested.

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