Revelate Designs is a company best known for the durable products they make for both winter and touring cyclists. However, the new Revelate Designs Jerrycan rear mount top tube bag is a product that even the most weight-conscious roadie can appreciate. The Jerrycan is a 2″ wide bag that attaches to your bike with two Veclro straps—one goes around the seat post and the other around the top tube. This bag is so narrow that your legs will not hit it, and it is aerodynamic enough that I doubt anyone could even tell it was on their bike.
I bought my first Jerrycan several months ago for use on my Pugsley during winter rides, but I have ended up using it for long rides on my road bike. On a six or seven hour ride I can’t store enough food in my jersey pockets for the entire ride and the few convenience stores you can find on country roads don’t offer much in the way of proper nutrition. My main road bike has a small seat bag that I use to keep a spare inner tube, tire levers, patch kit and multitool, but on long rides I need a bit more room to keep a few extra Clif Bars or Honey Stinger Waffles and the lightweight Jerrycan is the perfect way to carry these products.
The Jerrycan weighs a mere 2.6 ounces and measures 5″x2″x4″ (L,W,H). It is made with VX 21 fabric, has padded ballistics nylon along the tube sections and a yellow interior that makes it easier to find things inside the bag. It also has a water-resistant zipper.
Revelate Designs offers the Jerrycan in models: the Regular model will fit most bikes and the Bent model is for bikes with gusseted braces at the seat tube / top tube junction (like the Surly Pugsley). I liked the Jerrycan so much that I bought both models. The Jerrycan retails for $35 and is available from the Revelate Designs Website. These bags have a product warranty that covers any defects for life.
If you need more room than the Jerrycan offers, then you need to check out the Revelate Designs Gas Tank. If you are planning on a long tour (or a ride in the snow), then you should look at the Revelate Designs Tangle Frame Bag (I own them both and highly recommend them).