Review: BLS VeloRacing bag

The BLS VeloRacing bag is designed, manufactured, and distributed by Cape Town based company Black Line Sprinting. The bag is an all-in-one cycling travel bag and manages to hit the nail on the head with its convenient design.

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The main features include a helmet compartment, a handy removable nutrition storage box, divisions for shoes, two bottles and kit, and two waterproof drawstring bags for storing dirty, wet kit and shoes, so that the bag itself does not get too dirty inside.

 

As someone who travels to races and riding weekends regularly, I have fought an ongoing battle with my own disorganisation. I have tried various ways of transporting my riding gear: stuffed into shopping bags, in my main travel bag along with all my other clothes, or in a separate tog bag. Each of these methods eventually leads to confusion, annoyance, and me emptying items onto the floor in disgust as I seek that elusive lost glove, sunglasses, or in the worst case scenario: end up with gels leaking all over my clothes.

 

The VeloRacing bag provides the perfect solution: separate, neat, organised transport for all riding gear. Helmet, shoes, gloves, nutrition, kit, bike computer, shammy cream, bottles, and tools each have their place and are easily packed and accessed. The kit section just manages to squeeze in two sets of lycra plus baggies, and so can be used for a weekend away as well as a one-day event like a race.

 

I used the supplements compartment for both nutrition and tools storage, packing my sunglasses and Garmin inside my helmet in the helmet compartment. A big benefit of the helmet compartment is that the semi-rigid structure and padding of the bag protects the helmet from knocks during transport- something that has always been a concern for me.

 

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The shoe section fitted my size 5 shoes easily, but I also checked with chunky size 11 trail shoes: just to make sure that all shoe sizes are covered. One issue I picked up was that although my Specialized Propero II road helmet fitted in the helmet compartment comfortably enough, a large Specialized Ambush trail helmet does not. The peak simply means there is not enough space. There are two possible solutions here, either one could remove the peak for transport, or remove the nutrition compartment, in which case the helmet will fit in easily. Neither of these options are ideal, but they do mean it is not impossible to use the bag with a bigger coverage helmet and peak.

 

The only other downside I can foresee for some is that the bag does not fold up for storage when not in use, and therefore requires a fair chunk of cupboard space. It is not obtrusive, however, and I was quite happy to stash it out of the way under a desk. It comes in black, with red trim, and the BLS branding in prominent red, white and blue lettering. Empty, the bag weighs 2 kilograms, and it is light enough to move around fairly comfortably when crammed with gear.

 

The VeloRacing bag retails online for R1399.00 including free delivery via the PostNet to PostNet service. Delivery is 2-4 days.

 

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In short


The more I use the VeloRacing bag, the more I wonder how I ever lived without it. It provides a convenient, simple solution to the problem of transporting riding gear. If you travel a lot, have trouble keeping your ducks in a row, or just want to simplify the way you store and transport your essentials, this is a product well worth considering.




16 Comments

V12man, Mar 07 2017 09:09

Full face is impossible I guess...

mecheng89, Mar 07 2017 12:31

Kitbrix vs. BLS?

Long Wheel Base, Mar 07 2017 12:52

Got one of these last week. So according to the airlines it is too big for carry-on. The length and width are ok but it is too high. My toppie left earlier this morning to cape town on SAA and they gave him no problems taking it on board and it fitted just fine in the over head compartment of the AIrbus 340-600. I am going down on Friday with mango so lets hope that A, they let me take it on board and B, the overhead compartment on the Boeing 737-800 is the same size. I could easily go check on one of the planes in for maintenance but all I need is a sticky cabin attendant and all my valuable kit goes into the cargo hold.......

Kalahari Vegmot, Mar 07 2017 01:23

Looks like a really neat idea, I like it! But size 5??? Johjohjoh......

mecheng89, Mar 07 2017 01:52

Purchased a Kitbrix bag, will give feedback on overall size, compartment sizes etc. Once it arrives! 

Kylie, Mar 07 2017 02:24

Got one of these last week. So according to the airlines it is too big for carry-on. The length and width are ok but it is too high. My toppie left earlier this morning to cape town on SAA and they gave him no problems taking it on board and it fitted just fine in the over head compartment of the AIrbus 340-600. I am going down on Friday with mango so lets hope that A, they let me take it on board and B, the overhead compartment on the Boeing 737-800 is the same size. I could easily go check on one of the planes in for maintenance but all I need is a sticky cabin attendant and all my valuable kit goes into the cargo hold.......

I'd be interested to hear how it goes. Good luck!

Kylie, Mar 07 2017 02:25

Full face is impossible I guess...

 

Yup, going to need a gravity version of the bag for that 

matt_defreitas, Mar 07 2017 02:26

Size 5 fits easily, up to bigger size 11 fits, so no issues!

 

Looks like a really neat idea, I like it! But size 5??? Johjohjoh......

samson99, Mar 07 2017 02:26

Purchased a Kitbrix bag, will give feedback on overall size, compartment sizes etc. Once it arrives! 

Cost? from where?

V12man, Mar 07 2017 02:35

Yup, going to need a gravity version of the bag for that 

I have been using 1 of these lately - http://bikebag.co.za/#home - you may want to review that too - also a local product - and it fits a full face.

shaper, Mar 07 2017 02:44

I use an Evoc transition bag for both triathlons and cycling. https://www.evobikes...sition-bag.html

Frank.Hutt, Mar 07 2017 03:56

Cost? from where?

 

http://sport.takealo.../?brand=Kitbrix

Long Wheel Base, Mar 08 2017 08:05

I'd be interested to hear how it goes. Good luck!

I will report back after my flight on Friday.

Long Wheel Base, Mar 13 2017 02:37

Yup, going to need a gravity version of the bag for that 

So it fits in a 737-800 overhead compartment BUT only just. Leaving Joburg the ramp agents and cabin crew didn't even notice that it was on the size limit. Leaving Cape Town the ramp agent looked at it but deemed it ok.

Kylie, Mar 13 2017 03:34

So it fits in a 737-800 overhead compartment BUT only just. Leaving Joburg the ramp agents and cabin crew didn't even notice that it was on the size limit. Leaving Cape Town the ramp agent looked at it but deemed it ok.

Awesome, good to know- thanks!

Weimaraner1, Mar 13 2017 03:50

Just stumbled across this thread....my cycling bag looked a bit tired and I started looking around for a new one. I eventually came to the conclusion that there is not a "one bag solution". I did not really want a "block" type bag although the Kitbrix and Smiths bags are very nice and well made. I started looking at transition bags and in the end got a 2XU transition bag. Ample space and pockets, wet / shoe compartment, can be carried on your back as well. It looks like a very big bag but it is not. I do not know the exact capacity but it is big enough for all the stuff we normally take along.

 

Maybe it is a solution for someone.....

 

Check out trihub.co,za, they have them online at a good price.