Revelate Designs Jerrycan Top Tube Bag

23 May

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.

Revelate Designs Jerrycan Bicycle Rear Mount Bag

Revelate Designs Jerrycan Rear Mount Top Tube Bag

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).


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8 responses to “Revelate Designs Jerrycan Top Tube Bag

  1. RichardB1001

    May 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Have you written a review of Rotor Q rings? I have just purchased a crank and set of compact chainrings. They really seem much more efficient than my Shimano 105 compact setup.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Sorry, but I’ve never tried the Rotor Q rings — I am pretty much a Shimano fan because the local bike shop keeps everything I need for them in stock.

  2. RudeGalRider

    May 23, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Thanks so much for this one … I’ve been looking for something like this.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      This product is so lightweight you’ll never even know it is there, plus you can put it on in under 30 seconds.

  3. Cherry

    May 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Oh good find! My current bag (attaches to the stem & top tube) can be annoying at times when it leans towards 1 side & my legs hit it.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      You will love it — this bag is really well made!

      • Cherry

        May 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        I was thinking about this bag last night. Would this bag be in the way when you are standing over your bike at an intersection? It seems to be positioned …. right there!!

        • All Seasons Cyclist

          May 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM

          I’ve never had a problem with it hitting me when I’m stopped, but it does stick out about an inch past my saddle. If you are worried about it you might want to look that their “Gas Tank” (click the link at the bottom of the article). The Gas Tank fits at the front of the top tube and would never get in your way (and it holds more).


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