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    Ortlieb Handlebar Bag - Medium or Large?

    I'm buying some new panniers to go with my new LHT. I'm going with Ortlieb. I'm going to start with the handlebar bag. (I already have old panniers I can use temporarily, but my old handlebar bag rack won't fit on my new setup.

    I'm going to go with the Classic fabric. I'm just not sure whether to get the medium size handlebar bag or large. I usually carry my wallet, keys, digital camera, glasses, maps, handkerchief, snack, and a few other strange odds and ends in my handlebar bag when I'm touring. Does anyone have any input on which size I should buy?

    Thanks!

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    I have the medium and use it to carry the stuff you listed. It is a little full but it all fits fine. The large would give you more room to root around without anything falling out, but once I figured out that I could use the open lid to hold stuff while I dug around for other stuff, all was well. I wanted the medium because I was afraid I couldn't resist the temptation to fill up the large and then it would be like riding around with an anvil on my bars. Plus, I just think the medium looks better on the bike (well, as good as a bar bag can look).

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    I have the medium and carry about the same you carry. It should be fine. In fact Wayne at The Touring Store recommended the medium.

    The large might be a bit too large.
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    I have the medium and it is just about too large in terms of blocking out my brake lines and headlight, even with a bar extender to lift the light up a few inches. I need to do some re-engineering before I'll be comfortable w/ it jammed in amidst the rest of my handlebar crapola. I'm wondering about using the bar extender to drop the bar bag down a ways and put the light back on the bars themselves. But then the bag might hit my brakes!

    My wife has the small and it least it's clear to me that the small would be too small for me. But no way would I consider the large.

    The medium can hold a 6-pack of beer (longnecks) fine.

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    Thanks guys. I was leaning towards the medium. I think you've confirmed my choice. It sounds like the medium will hold what I want without being too bulky or tempting me to load it up with more stuff. (Now I've got to decide on the color. Any recommendations to go with the blue LHT?)

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    One thing I like about the bag is it's mounting system. The one thing I hate about the bag is it's mounting system.

    The mounting system is very solid and lets the bag stay in place, but the bracket is difficult to attach to the handlebar. My worry is that repeated mounting and removal would cause either the cable or the screws holding the cable to fail.

    I have the bracket extension. This put the bag out a little forward and my STI cables don't need to bend all that much. As an alternate you could install a noodle to route your cables.


    I have yellow, while it is not the most attractive color, it has high visibility.

    The bag really functions well but could be a bit more stylish. There is also a plastic liner in the lid of the bag that is supposed to prevent puddling. Mine is more of a pain then it is functional. The liner really could have been placed between two pieces of material or better yet, plastic ribs installed in the lid.

    I had a similar problem with a light on my handlebar. The bag really sticks up high. What I did was to get two pieces of PVC pipe and an elbow. I mounted the pipes to my fork.
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    Double Stem

    I'm going to try a double stem setup for this bag. I bought a second stem - the shortest I could find, so the weight would be carried as close to the steerer axis as possible. I thought this might help with handling. I left my steering tube uncut. With the two stems installed I don't need any spacers. I have some old handlebars around my shop. My plan is to cut them just long enough to mount the handlebar bag to them. (Although I might leave them long enough to attach a light to one side.) I'm hoping that, besides helping handling, this will put my handlebar bag down a little lower, out of the way of the cables and the cyclocross brakes I have installed on the bar tops. It will also prevent any interference with my computer and my orca horn (that's right, orca horn.)

    There have been pictures of other double stem setups posted. I'll try to post a picture here when I get it all set up.

    I think I'm going to go with red, just because it's my favorite color, and I always wear high-visibility clothes, so I think I'll still be easy to see without having yellow panniers.

    Thanks for all the help!

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