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    Handlebar bag

    I am considering purchasing the Ortlieb medium sized handle bar bag and was wondering what current owners of the bag think.

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    I have one and really love it. It's really waterpreoof, like all Ortleib products, but gets kind of annoying when opening and closing it as it has two buttons, not a zipper system. However, it's quite functional. The map case is a great feature, and really handy. From my experience, I think it's among the best handlebar bags out there, and don't let the price dissuade you. Get it.

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    I agree. The Ortlieb medium handlebar bag is a keeper. I like the snaps that hold the cover shut. There is the choice to leave them unsnapped which makes it very convenient to get your stuff when you are making short hops between viewpoints. However, if there is a gusty following wind it can flip the top open so then it is good to use the snaps which have never let me down. Actually, I tend to use the snaps out of caution in case of some mishap so that my stuff doesn't end up all over the road.

    The map case is great--Very waterproof and easy to access although it, too, can get windblown by a following wind and sometimes needs to be relegated temporarily to a pannier.

    The bag comes off the handlebars easily when desired.

    I have not had anything get wet during rain but still use baggies for my cell phone, pda and camera.

    The bag can hold a lot of stuff...I hate to think what the large size would end up weighing. I have mine mounted on a separate stem and sawed-off handle bar below the level of my main handlebars. This gives me more room on the main bars for lights and cyclometers and also lowers the center-of-gravity a bit.

    It's hard to imagine touring without one.

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    The only problem with mine was the bar attachment held the bag too close and there wasn't room for my hands behind it. I picked up a longer one and all is well.
    If you organise your stuff left and right you can just pop one dome and get what you need (gps, camera on left, food on right etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Smokester View Post
    I agree. The Ortlieb medium handlebar bag is a keeper. I like the snaps that hold the cover shut. There is the choice to leave them unsnapped which makes it very convenient to get your stuff when you are making short hops between viewpoints. However, if there is a gusty following wind it can flip the top open so then it is good to use the snaps which have never let me down. Actually, I tend to use the snaps out of caution in case of some mishap so that my stuff doesn't end up all over the road.

    The map case is great--Very waterproof and easy to access although it, too, can get windblown by a following wind and sometimes needs to be relegated temporarily to a pannier.

    The bag comes off the handlebars easily when desired.

    I have not had anything get wet during rain but still use baggies for my cell phone, pda and camera.

    The bag can hold a lot of stuff...I hate to think what the large size would end up weighing. I have mine mounted on a separate stem and sawed-off handle bar below the level of my main handlebars. This gives me more room on the main bars for lights and cyclometers and also lowers the center-of-gravity a bit.

    It's hard to imagine touring without one.


    Could you explain in some more detail how you mounted the separate stem and lower handle bar. Thanks

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