Wolf Tooth B-RAD Pump Bag: Quick Review- by Grannygear
Sometimes you see a bike related product and you think, “I have no idea what I would do with that”. Then there are times you see a bike related product, the light bulb lights up, and you think to yourself, “I know exactly where I would use that”!
When I saw the Wolf Tooth Pump Bag, part of their ‘B-RAD’ system of storage and hardware systems, I had a use and a place all figured out and I have to say it has been just exactly as I had envisioned it would be. Don’t you love it when that happens? (Editor’s Note: Grannygear envisioned a solution for his mtb. We are posting this because it may solve a problem for you on your all-road/gravel/bike packing rig. )
Now there are some folks who are minimalists as to what they carry on a bike ride. Me, not so much. I am getting better at bringing less, but in some areas I refuse to compromise. For instance I always carry a pump on a ride. Quick fills are fine and all, but they are a one and done deal. I wish I was getting paid for all the times I saw someone fail to get any of the compressed air from a cartridge into their tire or tube.
My gravel bike has a frame bag that never gets removed so I keep a decent sized mini-pump in there. My road bike, the pump is smaller so it goes into my pocket or on a frame mounted bracket. But my mountain bike is more difficult. I have used a Lezyne Mini Floor Drive pump for ages. Love it. Great pump. But it is big. I fits into most Camelbaks and I pretty much always wear one of those on a ride…but…I have been trying to slim down to a more minimal pack (like the one Riding Gravel recently reviewed) or none at all if the ride is short. Neither of those options works with a foot long (sort of mini) mini pump.
So when I saw the Wolf Tooth B-RAD Pump Bag, I realized I could finally use those nearly vestigial water bottle bosses that Santa Cruz placed on the inner downtube of my Tall Boy MTB. I never even tried to put a cage in there as getting a bottle in and out would just have been too much trouble. When I want to carry a bottle (or two), I add a Revelate Feed Bag to the bars and I have it right at hand. But what if I could carry the Lezyne pump in that unused frame location by bolting a B-RAD Pump Bag in there? And that is just what I did. Boss-O, baby!
The bag is pretty simple. It has a row of grommet holes on the spine of the bag that should line up with most any water bottle boss spacing as well as allowing you to shift the bag up and down the row of holes to make it all work in the space you have. There are also included Velcro straps that, along with some rubberizing sections on the bag, allow you to put it where there are no mounting bosses.
As you can see in the images, (see the gallery below), the Lezyne pump just barely fits but it does fit and that is all I wanted. What else could I put in there with the pump? Not much really. But it would also be good for carrying the bulky tubes that I use as a back-up plan in case my tire goes airless on me. They are not Plus tubes, just 27.5×2.2 or something like that, but they are a bit bulky still. I bet two of them would fit folded long-wise into the Pump Bag. It does not have much expansion ability, so what ever you put in there better be pretty slim or compressible. No camp stoves, etc.
I barely know it is there and it keeps my most excellent pump off of my back and on the bike in what was wasted space. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. At pretty much $40, it is well made, simple, and while it will not hold the world, it might be just what you were looking for too.
See the Gallery attached at the bottom for more views of the Pump Bag. For more information see Wolf Tooth’s webpage on the B-RAD Pump Bag
NOTE: Wolf Tooth sent over the B-RAD Pump Bag at no charge to Riding Gravel for test and review. We were not bribed nor paid for this review and we strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.
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About The Author: Grannygear hails from SoCal and spent most of his cycling days as a mountain biker from the formative years of mountain biking all the way up to the present day. His day job is in the tech sector, but he has spent time writing about off road 4X4’s, 29″ mountain bikes, and cycling in general. Grannygear and Guitar Ted have worked off and on together since 2009 after a chance meeting at Interbike. With gravel cycling on the rise, Grannygear has been exploring how this genre’ works in SoCal and now does guest pieces for RidingGravel.com in his spare time.