Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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Originally Posted by AndrewP
Unless your bike has a very slack steering angle and lots of trail, the weight would make steering control very dodgy. Restrict the front bag to stuff like maps, folding money, candy and cigarettes
Whoa whoa whoa... Let's rephrase that a bit.
Weight up high
on any bike is going to make the steering feel a bit "floppy", no matter what the steering angle and fork trail. That's why I'm not a big fan of actual handlebar mounted bags, or certain baskets which mount up high at the handlebar.
Even with a steeper head tube and low trail, a "handlebar" bag or front rack which is mounted low to the wheel (Velo-Orange Porteur, CETMA, Nitto M12) is going to keep the center of gravity lower and closer to the head tube, and not affect the steering to the point of feeling like you're fighting to stay on track.
I use a platform rack mounted front bag on a Cross Check, and routinely load over 8 pounds of junk into it. Not once have I felt off kilter, even when riding no-hands.
I'm putting a CETMA 7-rail (11 x 17 platform) front rack on my utility bike so I can load 40+ pounds of junk on the front and skip taking my panniers for 3-bag grocery runs.
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