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My leather tool bag, despite looking good, is not practical for real-world riding.

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While rain is not common here in winter (Queensland) it was enough to get one decent downpour to understand that leather is not the best material: it took forever to dry and started to get moldy
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I have now sourced a slightly larger waterproof bag that still has that "vintage" look but is suitable for real riding, in all weather.
For the last two years I have used a bag from the same brand (Rockbros) on the rear of my saddle, and has been so far really good. I am confident that the new Rockbros bicycle handlebar bag will serve me well.
I have tried two different attachment point. Here attached to the rear, onto the subframe

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Later, I tried to mount it forward, close to the radiator and that is where I prefer it.

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You probably could still use the leather bag if you do two things. Apply a good waterproofing oil to the leather and then apply a good grease or waterproofing compound to the sewn seam area.

I used to waterproof my motocross boots using Neatsfoot oil and then some product called Bear Grease to the seams. I could stand in water with them. You do have to repeat every now and again. Probably good for at least a year, maybe more. Plus the leather doesn't dry and crack.

Here is a link to a google search on waterproofing boots, same would apply to your tool roll bag. Now you can have the look you like.
 

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You probably could still use the leather bag if you do two things. Apply a good waterproofing oil to the leather and then apply a good grease or waterproofing compound to the sewn seam area.

I used to waterproof my motocross boots using Neatsfoot oil and then some product called Bear Grease to the seams. I could stand in water with them. You do have to repeat every now and again. Probably good for at least a year, maybe more. Plus the leather doesn't dry and crack.

Here is a link to a google search on waterproofing boots, same would apply to your tool roll bag. Now you can have the look you like.
Thank you for the tip.
I am familiar with leather hiking bots and while I could never really keep them waterproof in sustained rain there was indeed a way to keep them supple with enough product. I might revisit the leather pouch at some stage but I do believe that modern materials have an edge over nostalgia :)
The new roll is waterproof by design (no big gap but sealed zippers) and will keep content dry
 

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Awe, c'mon, gotta go old school! 馃榿

The trick for the MX boots was the Bear Grease around the seams.
 

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I use a mixture, not only for leather but also for cloth, that works wonders:

33% bee wax, 33% boiled linseed oil, 33% mineral spirit. There are many recipes out there but that's the one I've used.

I use a cheap wax epilating machine to mix it and keep it warm and avoid any flame. If you know the concept, it's the compound use to make tin cloth.

 
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