I have become interested in getting a handlebar bag. Before I shell out money for one, I would like to test how a bag might affect the stability/ride quality on my bike. I probably could try to figure out what the trail is on my bike, but even if I knew that, I would still want to test out the idea.
Here is my idea: get an empty two liter, milk container, or other squarish plastic container and use zip ties to attach it to the handlebars and head tube. I could then fill it with enough weight of some type to simulate a reasonable load. By using zip ties, I could change the height of the container to bring it either closer to the handlebars or closer to the wheel. I am aware that this would look pretty dorky but I long ago accepted I'm a dork, so I am OK with that.
First, is there an easier way to do this? Second, what is a reasonable load? I was thinking 2-5 lbs?
I would appreciate any thoughts or comments.