Touring - Handlebar "type" bags?
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02-03-06, 06:44 PM
I was considering adding a handlebar bag but I doubt I have the room. I have a GPS, computer and B-Levers. It does not leave much room for anything else. I saw the recent post on adding an extra stem. I purchased one from Nashbar at a whopping 99 cents but it's just too wide and does not leave enough room for my real stem.
I was wondering if there isn't a bag that actually mounts to either the headset, or stem or other area other than the handlebar?
Looks like I just have to settle for a trunk bag or my day pack for short rides and use panniers for longer tours.
Supergo did have a stem cap from Weyless that had a cross bar that may have worked. But Supergo is no longer and I have been unable to find the Weyless part anywhere.
02-05-06, 05:19 AM
Spinnaker do you not like using your trunk bag? What about a small pannier for regular rides?
I am thinking of a bag on top of the front rack. I have this bag:
MEC Rack/backpack bag (http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441778193&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302693353&bmUID=1139137880904)
and normally put it on the rear rack but am thinking (another one/) on the front would give me just that teensy bit more storage without resorting to a pannier. I need to get an appropriate front rack to enable this.
I don't have a handlebar bag, as I have been quite happy with the above bag (it converts to a knapsack, too -- way cool!). I think it has a larger capacity than a regular handlebar bag. The more I read about weight distribution and height, the more I feel inclined to keep the weight on the front as low as possible and avoid getting a handlebar bag altogether.
The downside is the bag isn't waterproof.
02-05-06, 08:00 AM
Yep that is exactly what I was thinking, but more of just strapping my day pack to the top. I just wanted the extra room and accessibility of a handlebar bag but after a trip to the LBS yesterday, I may scrub the whole idea. Just holding a small one in place (not worrying about mounting) they are just way too bulky on my bike.
02-05-06, 02:15 PM
I ran out of handlebar real estate, too, but I'm going to try a Bento box for those little things I like to have while riding (snacks, lip balm, etc.). Other important stuff will go in another little bag on the back end (or my camelback).
02-05-06, 03:12 PM
What is a "Bento box"?
02-05-06, 03:46 PM
What is a "Bento box"?
The bento box is OK for long rides, event, brevets etc IMO. I wouldn't enjoy using it on an extended tour though.
02-06-06, 04:22 PM
I haven't used it for a long tour yet and it won't be the most practical thing in the rain, but I'm mostly using it as a food bag and a place to hang my Halt!. Won't replace a handlebar bag for those who are used to that or want something easily removable, though.
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