The Mountainsmith Bike Cube Deluxe is the perfect bag for assuring that you will not be missing anything when you show up for your next ride. Gels, glasses, shoes, clothes, multi-tool, tubes, bottles, snacks, computer, lights, mini-pump… With so many little bits needed for a ride, it would be quite easy to forget a few of them. The Bike Cube Deluxe is a great defense against this. This cycling bag has three large main compartments. They are plenty big for large and bulky items such as helmets and shoes. In addition, several soft items such as jerseys, bibs, socks, baselayers, jackets, etc. can be stuffed in the pockets. There is easily room for two to three days’ worth of kit and gear, and the divided main compartments make it easy to separate the dirty from the clean. The center compartment is even vented to help let air in and odor escape. Larger pockets are further subdivided via mesh pockets and special purpose storage. The central pocket has a dedicated and padded sunglass pocket to protect this delicate item from the dangers of shoes and helmets and rough travel. The outer compartments offer small mesh pockets for organizing multi-tools, food, tubes, levers, inflators, and other small bits. In addition, the Moutainsmith Bike Cube Deluxe comes with a tool roll for organization and transportation of individual shop tools that might be necessary pre or post-ride.
As I mentioned on my blog for Mountainsmith’s site, we went to the chase car several times during the big ride out West for extra gear and supplies. Having all my gear centralized and organized minimized the time off the bike. Honestly, there were times when I wanted an excuse to stop pedaling for a bit longer, but “I can’t find ____ in my bike bag” was never an option. As a fan of white socks, another feature of the Mountainsmith Bike Cube Deluxe that I came to really appreciate is the included changing mat. This pad folds up and is stored in an outer pocket of the bag so that no internal storage space is compromised by its addition. The pad is still plenty big to provide ample surface for changing and keeping clean in a parking lot or a trailhead. Portage of the Mountainsmith Bike Cube Deluxe is easy and comfortable thanks to the padded shoulder strap and padded handles, even when heavily loaded. And don’t worry about heavy loads tearing the bag. The Mountainsmith Bike Cube Deluxe is built to last. Mountainsmith uses various Ripstop and Ballistic Polyester panels in its construction. As a testament to the strength of the shoulder strap, I can tell you that I even used the strap to secure my hammock to a tree this summer when I forgot my hammock rope set. Over the course of training for The 508, it was nice to have the convenience and peace of mind knowing that everything except a clean kit was always in one place and ready to go. The Mountainsmith Bike Cube Deluxe provided that. The Bike Cube Deluxe retails for $79.95. Mountainsmith.com currently shows the product as out of stock. However, there are various online retailers that still have stock, so it pays to search the web.
– Alex (Steak Sauce)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Mountainsmith Bike Cube Deluxe for free from Mountainsmith in consideration for review publication.