||10-22-13 03:29 PM
Originally Posted by Wiggles_dad
I've looked at the Acorn Bag and it looks nice. Is it really only the cinch cords, which connect to the drops that keep it stable without a decaleur? If so, then wouldn't any bag work with the same type of securing mechanism? I think this bag is sweet - The Swift Industries Ozette Rando Bag http://builtbyswift.com/
The Acorn handlebar bags that are secured with cords to the drops work that way because the bag is fairly small and essentially hangs from the wooden dowel inside, which is as much internal structure as it needs in that configuration. The box shaped bags that rest on front racks, such as the Swift Industries Ozette, the Acorn boxy rando bag, and for that matter, the Berthoud ones, require a decaleur because they have stiffeners that go around only the bottom and the sides, so they need to be supported at the top to keep them from "sloshing" or swaying back and forth. I have made some custom front rando bags that had stiffeners on all sides, and an angled back to match the angle of the "tombstone" on the back of the Nitto rack, so that a decaleur wasn't necessary even with quite a large bag.
Depending on the dimensions of your front end, if you are clever and like to tinker, you may very well be able to rig up cords to your bars or to your levers to serve the same purpose without an additional decaleur, and in a way that makes it quicker to take the bag off and take it with you. You could also try adding a piece of coroplast or other plastic sheet to the front and back to make it more like a rigid box. If none of that works to your satisfaction, you can always add a decaleur later if you have to.
If you will pardon my commercial interest ;) you can also look at the Dill Pickle Gear handlebar bag (full disclosure - it's my company, so I'm biased). It is smaller than the Acorn boxy bag or the Ozette, but it does not require a rack or a decaleur (mounts to the handlebars and levers, with additional stabilizing straps around the fork legs). The drawback is that it is more difficult to take off and carry around with you, since the shape is such that there isn't a good balance point to hang a shoulder strap. But it does stay out of the way of your hands so you can still wrap your fingers all the way around the bars at the tops, it's easy to access while riding, and it's much lighter than a boxy bag plus rack plus decaleur. http://www.dillpicklegear.com/?page_id=1016