The FastBack Gear Belt is what superheroes use when they ride recumbents with mesh seats. You, too, can ride superheroically with the ability to attach bags with 1" buckles (like the 70LS and Double Century) to seats that were previously impossible to mount upon. 14 different attachment points allow you to clip on FastBack accessories in readily accessible areas where you want them to be. *Almost* no matter your seat, the Gear Belt will look like a natural fit (see "Additional Info below"). Need that kryptonite on hand? How about that bat spray nearby? Maybe you just want a couple extra bladders. Whatever the case, the FastBack Gear Belt lets you ride farther and ride faster.
If attaching a Fastback 4.0 pack, simply slip the top strap of the 4.0 through one of the horizontally oriented straps on the Gear Belt. The way the 4.0 strap works, the tensioner on the male part of the buckle would be on the inside and impossible to reach if was clipped directly to a buckle on the Gear Belt. The 70LS and Double Century bags work with an add on buckle right on the Gear Belt. Remember, the 70LS and Double Century can now hold 3 liter bladders, so a 4.0 isn't required if you want to hold 3 liters.
1. What exactly does this do?
This is a belt for attaching things to. It wraps around the top of a recumbent seat and lets you attach things. Some recumbent seats, like the RANS, Bacchetta, and HP Velotechnik mesh seats, have no way to attach things up at the top of the seat. They have smooth finished covers and there is no place to put anything. The Gear Belt solves this problem. It forms a pocket over the top of the seat and has a variety of loops and straps you can use to attach hydration packs, seatback bags, touring gear, all sorts of things.
2. Do I need one?
If you want to hang things from your seat, and have a full width mesh seat with no place to attach things up at the top, then yes, you will find the Gear Belt very handy.
3. What can you do with it?
Attach things to the top of your seat- packs, bags, touring gear, things you find by the side of the road, all sorts of things. It sounds silly in a way, unless you've tried to attach something to the top of this kind of seat. There is no easy way to do it without this, that's why we came up with it.
4. How does it work?
I mean, if it's so hard to attach to the top of a seat like this, how come this can do it? Very good question! The answer is "A very clever use of Velcro to custom form a pocket over the top of the seat". The basic form is a belt, but there are two straps that go over the top of your seat to big Velcro patches on the other side of the belt. You form these straps over your seat as you wrap the belt around, forming a pocket shaped to the seat. A pair of buckle straps let you tighten the belt securely to the seat. There are multiple loops of nylon strapping in both vertical and horizontal configurations on the back of the belt for attaching buckles and straps. Our 70LS and Double Century Hydration Packs attach right on, for example. The 70LS and Double Century can optionally be snapped onto buckles attached right on the back of the Gear Belt (that's what's shown in several of the photos).
5. My seat has a handy little pocket at the top. Can I still use that?
Yes, the Gear Belt is open in the middle and you can still reach the pocket if you have one.
- Open the belt up and lay it against the top front of your seat.
- Drape the wide straps with Velcro on them over the top of your seat and center the belt up.
- Wrap one side of the belt around the back of your seat and press it to the Velcro strap on that side. Repeat with the other side.
- Clip the buckles together and tighten the straps. Loop any excess strap into the webbing clips.
- There are arrays of attachment loops on each side. Some are oriented vertically, and some are oriented horizontally. Pick whichever ones you need for whatever you are attaching.
- To remove the belt, squeeze the buckles to release them and pull the belt off the top of your seat. If you don't move the Velcro straps, you can simply drop the belt back onto your seat when you want to reinstall it.
- Fits any standard width mesh seat from 14 to 18 inches (35 to 45cm) wide (RANS, Bacchetta, HP Velotechnik, ICE, TerraTrike, Volae, etc. The folding Catrikes have a sloping top of seat tube that's difficult to attach to; we don't recommend it there. We do have some alternatives for the Catrikes; email us for details.
- 14 different attachment loops, some oriented horizontally, and some oriented vertically, give you lots of mounting options.
- If attaching a Fastback 4.0 pack, simply slip the top strap of the 4.0 through one of the horizontally oriented straps on the Gear Belt. The way the 4.0 strap works, the tensioner on the male part of the buckle would be on the inside and impossible to reach if was clipped directly to a buckle on the Gear Belt. The 70LS and Double Century bags work with an add on buckle right on the Gear Belt. Remember, the 70LS and Double Century can now hold 3 liter bladders, so a 4.0 isn't required if you want to hold 3 liters.
- Made from top quality nylon packcloth and nylon webbing. Quick release buckles and webbing clips to keep things neat.
- Suggested weight limit: 20 lbs (9Kg).
- Belt body is 5 inches (12.7cm) tall by 27 inches (68.5cm) long. Straps extend 8 inches (20cm) beyond that. Six horizontally oriented 1 inch webbing attachment loops, six vertically oriented 1 inch webbing attachment loops, and two 1.5 inch horizontally oriented webbing attachment loops. Two 1" quick release buckles with webbing clips available if you want to buckle a 70LS or Double Century pack directly to your Gear Belt.
- Any "full width" mesh back seat, like the RANS, Bacchetta, HP Velotechnik, ICE, Volae, TerraTrike, etc. where the width of the seat back is about 14 to 18 inches (35 to 45cm). Not intended for narrow mesh seats like the Bacchetta Euromesh and RANS Hoagie, or folding Catrikes with the exposed sloping top tube.
I have a Catrike Dumont and this belt kinda-sorta fits, but not really all that well. The Dumont has a seat back bar that is slightly curved at both sides and is not straight. So, the velcro doesn't line up and get a "nice" grip across the curved parts on each corner, but it gets a "partial" grip, good enough to hold. I'll still keep it though as I'll probably get the small tool pouch later It is very nice quality otherwise.