Have bike, will travel
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
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The logic about frontal area is partially correct.
Drag is a function of frontal area and turbulence. Does a handlebar bag increase turbulence? It could.
Imagine putting a compact snow plow on a modern pick-up truck. It may not increase the frontal area, but it will create turbulence and reduce mpg's.
However, a good handlebar bag can help a rider maintain pace by putting directions and food in a convenient place.
A rider should not need to slow while eating or checking directions.
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Last edited by Barrettscv; 08-13-09 at 07:33 AM.