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    Handlebar bag with top map pocket?

    Does anyone have any suggestions where to look for a handlebar bag that includes a map pocket on top?
    It just has to be large enough to fit a standard water bottle.

    Also, it has to hang below the handlebars, because I use a Cygolite headlight, and it's battery is water-bottle shaped and is using the bottle cage.

    I've Googled for days, checked Ebay, etc. - nada.

    Any suggestions and Websites would be appreciated.
    Thanks!

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    Ortlieb's handlebar bags have map pockets.
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    H'bar bags that don't obstruct a bar-mounted headlight, but still have a map case are going to be tough to come by. You might consider getting a h'bar mounted water bottle cage for the battery, and just using a clip-on map case for holding route sheets.

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    I have the large Topeak Tourguide DX bag. I love the map pocket and it is roomy enough that I can take a fully days food with me to work when I take it on the road bike.

    As far as light mount goes, that is the only down side. There is a little folder that slides on the bag mount that is great to use for a bike computer, but it is far to low to allow a headlight to shine over the bag. In my case I use a B&M DLumotec light running off the generator hub so having the light mounts on the fork works well as it keeps the wiring short. There are some adapters that allow you to mount lights elsewhere, but is does get a bit tricky. Even so, I love the handlebar bag. I jokingly call it my "man purse."
    If I need to go into a store I just pop the bag off, and anything of real value therefore comes with me into the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Ortlieb's handlebar bags have map pockets.
    my "classic" orlieb handlebar bag didn't come w/ a map pocket, but it has snaps so i can fit the $15 map-case on it. fyi.

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    ortlieb. i love mine. map case, and waterproof (so long as you don't submerge it.)

    try mounting that light on a fork. get a knob and you can mount it anywhere.

    another option is to get a second stem and mount the bar bag so it hangs lower.

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    Thanks for everyone's input.
    It's just hard to believe that in this day and age with advances in bicycle lighting (I'm just getting back into bicycling after a hiatus since the 80's) that no company has produced a handlebar bag with a map pocket that won't obstruct a headlight.
    I think I'll go with the Viewpoint Spacebar and the Twofish Lockblocks as detailed in varuscelli's thread; it seems to be quite the setup, even though I've already dropped some coin on a Cygolite Hi-flux 200. Oh well, live and learn. I'm just happy I've found this forum.

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    I noticed one locked up at the library the other day - took a look at it and schwinn made it (!). It was a little big/clunky but it had a full size map window up top

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    ortlieb. i love mine. map case, and waterproof (so long as you don't submerge it.)
    My wife was futzing around w/ mine yesterday. She said for future reference she's never biking anywhere requiring a map in the kind of rain that thing is designed to protect against.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolbluewater View Post
    Does anyone have any suggestions where to look for a handlebar bag that includes a map pocket on top?
    It just has to be large enough to fit a standard water bottle.

    Also, it has to hang below the handlebars, because I use a Cygolite headlight, and it's battery is water-bottle shaped and is using the bottle cage.

    I've Googled for days, checked Ebay, etc. - nada.

    Any suggestions and Websites would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
    You might want to park the battery in a waterbottle cageand try something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jens5 View Post
    You might want to park the battery in a waterbottle cageand try something like this.
    What exactly is that product? Any close ups of how it's mounted?
    Blue Axino

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    Quote Originally Posted by jens5 View Post
    You might want to park the battery in a waterbottle cageand try something like this.
    That looks aftermarket, is it something you bought?

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