I have a lot of thoughts running thru my head at the moment concerning whether or not to get a handlebar bag, and what my needs really are.. First I have a low trail bike so handling would not be an issue... I have an Arkel Tailrider bag on a rack out back which seems to have enough capacity for most of my extra clothing and rando gear.
What I am lacking is easy to access stuff like food, phone, charger, arm & leg warmers, stuff that I should not have to stop for to access.. Ive tried a Bento bag and it hits my knees when out of the saddle climbing, and it also is not rigid enough and flops around. My top tube is a funky design and wont hold the bag right.
Arkel has a large and small handlebar bag.. I like the small but the map case is not removable and I am worried the case will yellow and crack with time and then I wont be able to replace it.. The larger bag has all the features I like but weighs 1lb more, and looks really big to me.
Is having a front and rear bag just too much crap for the typical 1200k? Should I not be so worried about the weight of it all? Are their other features in a handlebar bag I should be concerned with? (PS. I wont be using a front rack, so it will have to clip to the handlebar)
I guess Im worried that I will be dragging around to much crap for a rando, but I like the idea of having a few extra items, plus having access to them while riding.. Please discuss, and help me decide what to do. Thanks