Alpkit Fuel Pod (Medium)
Bike luggage. The longer the ride, the more likely it is you are going to need some form of bike luggage, if only to carry extra food supplies.
The Alpkit Fuel Pod looks well made, the zips are reassuringly chunky, they open and close easily and there is plenty of velcro to attach the bag to your bike. The storage compartment is definitely roomy and provides plenty of storage for gels, food, phone etc. What could possibly go wrong?
About 10 miles into a 60 mile jaunt around the Yorkshire Moors, the bag started to shift about and every pedal stroke meant my right knee would rub against its’ flanks. After another ten miles, the inside of my knee was raw… Don’t worry, there’s only another 40 to go.
Whatever I did, however I tried to secure the bag, it flopped over to rub against my knee. By the time we finished, I wanted to hurl the rotten thing as far away as I could. Of course, I didn’t throw it away, I brought it home and tucked it in a drawer. It hasn’t come out again and I very much doubt whether it will see the light of day again.
It didn’t work for me. It may work for you. It works for most people I ride with!
View Alpkit’s website for more info.
Edit: Maybe the Fuel Pod had little chance of succeeding. It appears I have a wonky pedaling action. My right knee tends to brush the top tube, particularly when climbing. As the Fuel Pod sits a little proud of the top tube anyway, it is right in the firing line.
If you read James’ comment below, the stem is slammed on the Bokeh. This will inevitably lead to the instability he predicted. I have revised my recommendation accordingly.
Last modified: 21st March 2018