Cool minimalist under-seat bike storage, innovative design, eliminates zipper & integrates beautifully on road bikes. 

In our eyes a clumsy leaky canvas saddlebag that ‘hung’ from the saddle of a road bike and moved about was never going to integrate well on a sleek cool road bike and was ripe for redesign.

After extensive surveying with 125 road cyclists, what we have designed is effectively a plastic injection molded ‘clam’ comprising top and bottom sections hinged in the middle and with a rubber latch to securely hold the clam together eliminating the awkward and sometimes troublesome zipper. 

Two Aeroclams – P1 and P2 designed to fit the majority of Road Bike Saddles

The difference between P1 & P2 is the contour on the top edge of the top section of the Aeroclam [as seen in the images on Our Products page]. While the P1 fits more saddle brands than the P2, the P2 fits the larger saddle brands like Specialized and Selle Italia. P1 also fits the Specialized Romin range, so there is a bit of crossover.

What we do when we get a request from a customer with a saddle brand or model we’re not familiar with, is send them a complete P1 or P2 Aeroclam with the opposing top section. Example; complete P1 with P2 top section. It’s easy, and this way after customer feedback, we get to extend our knowledge of saddle brands not readily available here in New Zealand so we can list them on the website making future ordering easier.

If by chance neither P1 or P2 fit, return the package and we’ll refund in full.

Purpose – to store a minimalist tightly squeezed puncture repair kit

• 1 tube  [designed for tube size 700×20/23/25 – 48mm & 60mm stems]

• 1 CO2 canister 

• 1 CO2 Inflator  [Brand seen here is Lezyne] 

• 1 slimline multitool  [Brand seen here is from ‘Genuine Innovations’]

• 2 Cyckit tire levers [supplied with Aeroclam]  

 Content

Tightly squeezed minimal content is all the Aeroclam is designed to contain  [designed for tube size 700×20/23/25 – 48mm & 60mm stems]

Inflators

All these Inflators fit in the Aeroclam, but the Lezyne Inflator [pictured foreground] fitted best and is widely distributed.

Multitool

Slimline Mulitool  –  Length  70mm  x  Width  27mm  x  Height  7mm – Weight 78.9 grams. This brand is from ‘Genuine Innovations’.  There are a few brands of this exact dimension Mulitool on the market. Procraft make a Slimline Multitool –  http://bikecycle.co.nz/accessories/tools/multitools/multitool-microflat-8-function/  Also ‘Zero’ here in New Zealand make a similar dimension Multitool sold in Avanti Plus stores nationwide here. We are currently looking to stock these as an option sold with the Aeroclam.

 

We’ve put a lot of research, time, commitment and finance into designing this bicycle storage clam project, not only to be strong in construction, light, easily accessible and to eliminate the zipper, but also to make the project ‘universal’ to fit as many bike seat brands and models as possible. And still look cool like it ‘s supposed to be part of your bike.

In doing this we’ve covered a large percentage of the ‘minimalist storage’ road bike market. 

We ran the functions mentioned above parallel with aesthetics integrating to the sleekness of the bike saddle, and ultimately the road bike as a whole. Style and Aesthetics have been very important motivating design factors for this product, but of course, secondary to Functionality.     

The term ‘Aero’ has been used to describe many hanging canvas saddle bags but we now feel it’s a term well deserved with the release of Cyckit’s Aeroclam. 

The Aeroclam is made from high impact injection molded plastic that is, tough, durable and light weight. 

The days of Velcro, failing zippers and frayed leaky canvas are finally over!

 

Features 

 Beautifully integrated – compact & aerodynamic styling

• X 2 Cyckit Tire levers included

• Injected molded plastic – Won’t rot or degrade + no stitching

• Watertight – Designed to keep water out

• Solid mounted – No annoying movement & quiet in operation 

• Easy to fit – ‘A’ Single 5mm bolt. 45 seconds fitting with seat off 

• Tough – 2mm high impact plastic. This clam could outlast you! 

 • No zip – To break/leak or jam + quick easy access to content

• Rubber Latch – Component  replaceable if ever fails, unlike a zipper

• Light weight  – 135.7g with all mounting hardware included 

• Easy to clean – Inside/outside 

• Fits multi saddle types

• Designed for bodily clearance on any seat

• UV Resistant

No more paint rubbing Velcro straps

Fitting the Aeroclam and loading content

Depending on your saddle brand and model the Aeroclam can be fitted in a couple of minutes [Please check videos below].  In some cases you may need to slide the saddle back on the saddle post to allow more room to fit the top section. In the series of videos below you should be able to find all the information you require on the Aeroclam. If not please email us.

Remember, you only have to install Once!

 

Intro
Difference between P1 & P2
Aeroclam – Loading the Content
Ice Cold Fingers – Operating the Latch
Installation – Saddle with Center Cavity
Installation – Saddle without Center Cavity
Rubber Latch – Operation

 

PDF – [click here]  Saddle info [84] 31st – May -16

 

PDF – Vector Fitting Instructions

 

Aeroclam – Tube information

700x20:23:25

700 x 20/23/25 tube & 48 mm stem with Lezyne Inflator. This smaller Lezyne inflator fits well in the Aeroclam content allowing the Clam to close easily

700x20-23-25c 60mm stem

700 tube with 60mm stem. Note the rubber band lengthwise to slightly compress tube

X2 Turbo Tubes 18-25c 48 stem

700 x 18/25 Turbo Tubes and Co2 Canister. Very tight squeeze and at the expense of not being able to fit the Inflator

Picture 15

Rubber is also a great nullifier of noise. Put those old tubes to good use & cut a length of mountain bike tube slightly longer than the CO2 canister and slide it over as a sheath.

Picture 7

A length of mountain bike tube works perfectly over the slimline multitool to prevent rattling. Make sure there is enough overlap either end to run slightly up the wall of the clam preventing the multitool from slipping out and rattling in motion. Our supplied rubber spacer will not be required if tube is used over the multitool as shown. This is also a useful ending to an old used tube.

Picture 8

A small length of old road bike tube stretched over each end of the multitool also works. The supplied rubber spacer will not be required if tube is used over the multitool as shown

Picture 12

Small length of road bike tube placed over the longer end of the Inflator 

 

Universal Saddle Fitting – It’s been challenging making a ‘one fits all’ universal Aeroclam and we had to make two top sections of the clam to accommodate the majority of road bike seat brands and models on the market. The two top sections of the calm are defined by P1 and P2 and the difference is the shape and contour to fit the multitude of seat brands and models. Actually, these two P1 and P2 model Aeroclams won’t fit all seat brands. They’ll fit a large percentage of road bike seats but not the FIZIK Aronie brand and a few others. We have a cool prototype specifically designed for the FIZIK Aronie model and this is our next product to go into production. Check out Seats Fitted to see what seats we’ve fitted the Aeroclam P2 to.

The Latch –  When designing this rubber latch, it was realized it also had to deflect the blast of water from the rear tire that targeted the 50 – 60mm part line area at the rear of the Aeroclam forcing it’s way into the storage area. The latch also had to be strong and durable in composition, UV resistant, easy to operate open/close, and fix securely as to not pop open in the harshest road conditions. We used the ‘button over’ system to accommodate these attributes. Even if one latch button isn’t secured correctly by the user, the remaining button will hold the Aeroclam’s content from spilling onto the road. When testing the durability of the latch, one of the tests was to slide the latch eyelets over the buttons over 500 times. This equates to 250 punchers and the rubber held it composition perfectly. We also wanted to test the UV resistance of the rubber used on the latch so on November 13’ when we received the first batch of rubber latches I mounted one to a clam and sat it outside in the fierce north facing New Zealand UV sun [It’s still there August 2014]. It’s perfect after nearly a year of being exposed to nature’s elements. The average expensive road bike would never have this sort of UV exposure unless parked in direct apartment/garage sunlight.

Mounting – The Aeroclam is secured to the seat rails by a tough reinforced glass filled nylon clamp and attached by a single 5mm cap screw that threads into a captive Nylock Nut mounted within the reinforced clamp. There are rubber pads attached to the ends of the clamp for great ‘bind’ on the saddle rails. These stop any ‘slipping’ of the Aeroclam from it’s correct mounting position while in operation. The saddle rails also seat into rubber pads mounted in the top section of the clam so are effectively ‘sandwiched’ in rubber. Rubber mounting gives excellent protection to the saddle rails, especially Carbon Rails.

1.5mm Injection Molded Plastic – Although very expensive to make the injection molds, High Impact Plastic was the obvious choice of material for product application being strong and light. There are a number of grades plastic to consider too and generally the heaver the tougher. We were always weight conscious in plastic choice/design so chose a good quality tough grade plastic with an acceptable weight factor.

Plastic is also waterproof, UV resistant, easy to clean and can be molded to almost any shape required. If somehow water does enter the Aeroclam, it won’t stay sodden like the canvas saddle bags. There is also ample drainage via holes on the underside lowest points to allow efficient drainage. Drainage was a priority consideration before designing the Aeroclam to be waterproof.

Rattling – Packed correctly the Aeroclam won’t rattle. The use of  tubes [as in imagery above] over the multitool and inflator will nullify rattling.

 

1: Function & Style

Saddle Bags are mostly a necessity. Therefore they should perform & look as good as the bikes they’re mounted on. 

2: Aeroclam Kit

Aeroclam & mounting hardware. We supply tire levers, rubber spacer pad to place between the multitool and levers + spacing wedges.

Content

The Aeroclam is designed to contain a tightly squeezed tube, canister, inflator, two tire levers and a multitool.

4: Weather Ridge

The partline of the clam has a weather ridge to prevent water entering the clam.

5: Drainage

We designed good drainage into the clam before even thinking about designing it to be watertight.

6: Latch

The rubber latch is a quick, secure & strong alternative to the awkward and sometimes troublesome zippers. It’s also replaceable should it ever fail.

7: Watertight

On some model saddles there is room for water to get between the clam and the saddle, however water cannot enter the mounting slot.

8: Clearance Underside

Bodily clearance as seen here on the underside was a early design priority on all saddles.

9: Clamp & Rubber PadsThe clamp also has rubber pads to bind the saddle rails top and bottom.

10: Rubber Pad - ClamWe’ve seated the saddle rails in rubber pads to increase bind & stop any clam slippage in operation. The rubber pads also protect the carbon rails.

11: Clamp reinforced

The mounting clamp is made from very tough glass filled nylon with structural ribbing for added strength.

12: Open Hinge

The hinge does raise a few questions to the unfamiliar but it’s very strong and slides into the cups from the side.

13: Closed Hinge

Hinge in fixed position.

14: Prototype Collection

There was much R&D to get the Aeroclam to be as universal as possible. It won’t fit FIZIK’s Arione but we’re working on that now.

15: Wedges

Wedges are used as spacers on some saddles. Refer to Video or fitting instructions for detailed information.

16: Linear Drawing

CAD drawing refined with a number of rapid prototypes.

17: Mold - Top & Bottom

Extremely expensive injection mould. R&D completed in NZ [Rapid Prototypes in OZ]. Tooling & Molding in NZ.

Just some of the saddle brands & models the P2 Aeroclam fits below

There are many more saddle brands/models the Aeroclam fits that we don’t have listed in the PDF or as imagery below. We just simply don’t have access to all saddle brands and models on the market. If you don’t see your brand/model listed, email us a good clear side and rear profile image of your saddle stating the brand/model and we should be able to tell you in confidence whether P1 or P2 will fit.

Or make a purchase and we’ll send you a complete P1 and the interchangeable P2 top section. If neither P1 or P2 fit we’ll refund you in full.

 

PDF  [click here] – Saddle/Wedge info – Website 

 

5 Cannondale

10 Giant

11 Merida

14 Prologo - NAGO Evo

15 San MArco - Regal

18 Selle Italia C2

19 Selle Italia - Flite

20 Selle Italia SL

21 Selle Italia SLR Max

22 Selle Italia SLR

Selle Italia - X1

23 Selle Italia SLS

25 Specialized - Henge

26 Specialized Jett

28 Specialized Oura Expert

29 Specialized Phenom Competitive XC

30 Specialized Phenom

31 Specialized Riva

35 Specialized Ruby

36 Specilized Toupe [2014] 2

37 Specialized Toupe

  • Product

    Cool minimalist under-seat bike storage, innovative design, eliminates zipper & integrates beautifully on road bikes. 

    In our eyes a clumsy leaky canvas saddlebag that ‘hung’ from the saddle of a road bike and moved about was never going to integrate well on a sleek cool road bike and was ripe for redesign.

    After extensive surveying with 125 road cyclists, what we have designed is effectively a plastic injection molded ‘clam’ comprising top and bottom sections hinged in the middle and with a rubber latch to securely hold the clam together eliminating the awkward and sometimes troublesome zipper. 

    Two Aeroclams – P1 and P2 designed to fit the majority of Road Bike Saddles

    The difference between P1 & P2 is the contour on the top edge of the top section of the Aeroclam [as seen in the images on Our Products page]. While the P1 fits more saddle brands than the P2, the P2 fits the larger saddle brands like Specialized and Selle Italia. P1 also fits the Specialized Romin range, so there is a bit of crossover.

    What we do when we get a request from a customer with a saddle brand or model we’re not familiar with, is send them a complete P1 or P2 Aeroclam with the opposing top section. Example; complete P1 with P2 top section. It’s easy, and this way after customer feedback, we get to extend our knowledge of saddle brands not readily available here in New Zealand so we can list them on the website making future ordering easier.

    If by chance neither P1 or P2 fit, return the package and we’ll refund in full.

    Purpose – to store a minimalist tightly squeezed puncture repair kit

    • 1 tube  [designed for tube size 700×20/23/25 – 48mm & 60mm stems]

    • 1 CO2 canister 

    • 1 CO2 Inflator  [Brand seen here is Lezyne] 

    • 1 slimline multitool  [Brand seen here is from ‘Genuine Innovations’]

    • 2 Cyckit tire levers [supplied with Aeroclam]  

     Content

    Tightly squeezed minimal content is all the Aeroclam is designed to contain  [designed for tube size 700×20/23/25 – 48mm & 60mm stems]

    Inflators

    All these Inflators fit in the Aeroclam, but the Lezyne Inflator [pictured foreground] fitted best and is widely distributed.

    Multitool

    Slimline Mulitool  –  Length  70mm  x  Width  27mm  x  Height  7mm – Weight 78.9 grams. This brand is from ‘Genuine Innovations’.  There are a few brands of this exact dimension Mulitool on the market. Procraft make a Slimline Multitool –  http://bikecycle.co.nz/accessories/tools/multitools/multitool-microflat-8-function/  Also ‘Zero’ here in New Zealand make a similar dimension Multitool sold in Avanti Plus stores nationwide here. We are currently looking to stock these as an option sold with the Aeroclam.

     

    We’ve put a lot of research, time, commitment and finance into designing this bicycle storage clam project, not only to be strong in construction, light, easily accessible and to eliminate the zipper, but also to make the project ‘universal’ to fit as many bike seat brands and models as possible. And still look cool like it ‘s supposed to be part of your bike.

    In doing this we’ve covered a large percentage of the ‘minimalist storage’ road bike market. 

    We ran the functions mentioned above parallel with aesthetics integrating to the sleekness of the bike saddle, and ultimately the road bike as a whole. Style and Aesthetics have been very important motivating design factors for this product, but of course, secondary to Functionality.     

    The term ‘Aero’ has been used to describe many hanging canvas saddle bags but we now feel it’s a term well deserved with the release of Cyckit’s Aeroclam. 

    The Aeroclam is made from high impact injection molded plastic that is, tough, durable and light weight. 

    The days of Velcro, failing zippers and frayed leaky canvas are finally over!

     

    Features 

     Beautifully integrated – compact & aerodynamic styling

    • X 2 Cyckit Tire levers included

    • Injected molded plastic – Won’t rot or degrade + no stitching

    • Watertight – Designed to keep water out

    • Solid mounted – No annoying movement & quiet in operation 

    • Easy to fit – ‘A’ Single 5mm bolt. 45 seconds fitting with seat off 

    • Tough – 2mm high impact plastic. This clam could outlast you! 

     • No zip – To break/leak or jam + quick easy access to content

    • Rubber Latch – Component  replaceable if ever fails, unlike a zipper

    • Light weight  – 135.7g with all mounting hardware included 

    • Easy to clean – Inside/outside 

    • Fits multi saddle types

    • Designed for bodily clearance on any seat

    • UV Resistant

    No more paint rubbing Velcro straps

  • Features

    Fitting the Aeroclam and loading content

    Depending on your saddle brand and model the Aeroclam can be fitted in a couple of minutes [Please check videos below].  In some cases you may need to slide the saddle back on the saddle post to allow more room to fit the top section. In the series of videos below you should be able to find all the information you require on the Aeroclam. If not please email us.

    Remember, you only have to install Once!

     

    Intro
    Difference between P1 & P2
    Aeroclam – Loading the Content
    Ice Cold Fingers – Operating the Latch
    Installation – Saddle with Center Cavity
    Installation – Saddle without Center Cavity
    Rubber Latch – Operation

     

    PDF – [click here]  Saddle info [84] 31st – May -16

     

    PDF – Vector Fitting Instructions

     

    Aeroclam – Tube information

    700x20:23:25

    700 x 20/23/25 tube & 48 mm stem with Lezyne Inflator. This smaller Lezyne inflator fits well in the Aeroclam content allowing the Clam to close easily

    700x20-23-25c 60mm stem

    700 tube with 60mm stem. Note the rubber band lengthwise to slightly compress tube

    X2 Turbo Tubes 18-25c 48 stem

    700 x 18/25 Turbo Tubes and Co2 Canister. Very tight squeeze and at the expense of not being able to fit the Inflator

    Picture 15

    Rubber is also a great nullifier of noise. Put those old tubes to good use & cut a length of mountain bike tube slightly longer than the CO2 canister and slide it over as a sheath.

    Picture 7

    A length of mountain bike tube works perfectly over the slimline multitool to prevent rattling. Make sure there is enough overlap either end to run slightly up the wall of the clam preventing the multitool from slipping out and rattling in motion. Our supplied rubber spacer will not be required if tube is used over the multitool as shown. This is also a useful ending to an old used tube.

    Picture 8

    A small length of old road bike tube stretched over each end of the multitool also works. The supplied rubber spacer will not be required if tube is used over the multitool as shown

    Picture 12

    Small length of road bike tube placed over the longer end of the Inflator 

     

    Universal Saddle Fitting – It’s been challenging making a ‘one fits all’ universal Aeroclam and we had to make two top sections of the clam to accommodate the majority of road bike seat brands and models on the market. The two top sections of the calm are defined by P1 and P2 and the difference is the shape and contour to fit the multitude of seat brands and models. Actually, these two P1 and P2 model Aeroclams won’t fit all seat brands. They’ll fit a large percentage of road bike seats but not the FIZIK Aronie brand and a few others. We have a cool prototype specifically designed for the FIZIK Aronie model and this is our next product to go into production. Check out Seats Fitted to see what seats we’ve fitted the Aeroclam P2 to.

    The Latch –  When designing this rubber latch, it was realized it also had to deflect the blast of water from the rear tire that targeted the 50 – 60mm part line area at the rear of the Aeroclam forcing it’s way into the storage area. The latch also had to be strong and durable in composition, UV resistant, easy to operate open/close, and fix securely as to not pop open in the harshest road conditions. We used the ‘button over’ system to accommodate these attributes. Even if one latch button isn’t secured correctly by the user, the remaining button will hold the Aeroclam’s content from spilling onto the road. When testing the durability of the latch, one of the tests was to slide the latch eyelets over the buttons over 500 times. This equates to 250 punchers and the rubber held it composition perfectly. We also wanted to test the UV resistance of the rubber used on the latch so on November 13’ when we received the first batch of rubber latches I mounted one to a clam and sat it outside in the fierce north facing New Zealand UV sun [It’s still there August 2014]. It’s perfect after nearly a year of being exposed to nature’s elements. The average expensive road bike would never have this sort of UV exposure unless parked in direct apartment/garage sunlight.

    Mounting – The Aeroclam is secured to the seat rails by a tough reinforced glass filled nylon clamp and attached by a single 5mm cap screw that threads into a captive Nylock Nut mounted within the reinforced clamp. There are rubber pads attached to the ends of the clamp for great ‘bind’ on the saddle rails. These stop any ‘slipping’ of the Aeroclam from it’s correct mounting position while in operation. The saddle rails also seat into rubber pads mounted in the top section of the clam so are effectively ‘sandwiched’ in rubber. Rubber mounting gives excellent protection to the saddle rails, especially Carbon Rails.

    1.5mm Injection Molded Plastic – Although very expensive to make the injection molds, High Impact Plastic was the obvious choice of material for product application being strong and light. There are a number of grades plastic to consider too and generally the heaver the tougher. We were always weight conscious in plastic choice/design so chose a good quality tough grade plastic with an acceptable weight factor.

    Plastic is also waterproof, UV resistant, easy to clean and can be molded to almost any shape required. If somehow water does enter the Aeroclam, it won’t stay sodden like the canvas saddle bags. There is also ample drainage via holes on the underside lowest points to allow efficient drainage. Drainage was a priority consideration before designing the Aeroclam to be waterproof.

    Rattling – Packed correctly the Aeroclam won’t rattle. The use of  tubes [as in imagery above] over the multitool and inflator will nullify rattling.

     

  • Design

    1: Function & Style

    Saddle Bags are mostly a necessity. Therefore they should perform & look as good as the bikes they’re mounted on. 

    2: Aeroclam Kit

    Aeroclam & mounting hardware. We supply tire levers, rubber spacer pad to place between the multitool and levers + spacing wedges.

    Content

    The Aeroclam is designed to contain a tightly squeezed tube, canister, inflator, two tire levers and a multitool.

    4: Weather Ridge

    The partline of the clam has a weather ridge to prevent water entering the clam.

    5: Drainage

    We designed good drainage into the clam before even thinking about designing it to be watertight.

    6: Latch

    The rubber latch is a quick, secure & strong alternative to the awkward and sometimes troublesome zippers. It’s also replaceable should it ever fail.

    7: Watertight

    On some model saddles there is room for water to get between the clam and the saddle, however water cannot enter the mounting slot.

    8: Clearance Underside

    Bodily clearance as seen here on the underside was a early design priority on all saddles.

    9: Clamp & Rubber PadsThe clamp also has rubber pads to bind the saddle rails top and bottom.

    10: Rubber Pad - ClamWe’ve seated the saddle rails in rubber pads to increase bind & stop any clam slippage in operation. The rubber pads also protect the carbon rails.

    11: Clamp reinforced

    The mounting clamp is made from very tough glass filled nylon with structural ribbing for added strength.

    12: Open Hinge

    The hinge does raise a few questions to the unfamiliar but it’s very strong and slides into the cups from the side.

    13: Closed Hinge

    Hinge in fixed position.

    14: Prototype Collection

    There was much R&D to get the Aeroclam to be as universal as possible. It won’t fit FIZIK’s Arione but we’re working on that now.

    15: Wedges

    Wedges are used as spacers on some saddles. Refer to Video or fitting instructions for detailed information.

    16: Linear Drawing

    CAD drawing refined with a number of rapid prototypes.

    17: Mold - Top & Bottom

    Extremely expensive injection mould. R&D completed in NZ [Rapid Prototypes in OZ]. Tooling & Molding in NZ.

  • Seats Fitted

    Just some of the saddle brands & models the P2 Aeroclam fits below

    There are many more saddle brands/models the Aeroclam fits that we don’t have listed in the PDF or as imagery below. We just simply don’t have access to all saddle brands and models on the market. If you don’t see your brand/model listed, email us a good clear side and rear profile image of your saddle stating the brand/model and we should be able to tell you in confidence whether P1 or P2 will fit.

    Or make a purchase and we’ll send you a complete P1 and the interchangeable P2 top section. If neither P1 or P2 fit we’ll refund you in full.

     

    PDF  [click here] – Saddle/Wedge info – Website 

     

    5 Cannondale

    10 Giant

    11 Merida

    14 Prologo - NAGO Evo

    15 San MArco - Regal

    18 Selle Italia C2

    19 Selle Italia - Flite

    20 Selle Italia SL

    21 Selle Italia SLR Max

    22 Selle Italia SLR

    Selle Italia - X1

    23 Selle Italia SLS

    25 Specialized - Henge

    26 Specialized Jett

    28 Specialized Oura Expert

    29 Specialized Phenom Competitive XC

    30 Specialized Phenom

    31 Specialized Riva

    35 Specialized Ruby

    36 Specilized Toupe [2014] 2

    37 Specialized Toupe

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