Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: western Washington
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Unless your stem is really short, the center-pull cable will be near the head-tube and the handlebar bag will be, well, out in front of the handlebars.
The bags which mount on a rigid bracket attached to the bars won't flop back.
The un-structured bags may hang back a bit. You could put a sheet plastic liner in to give it some shape. There used to be bags which hung from the stem/bar intersection and had straps that wrapped around the brake hoods.
And, depending on which center-pull brakes you have, there are small racks (some cost more than others), that your front bag could rest on.
And the randonneur-style supports - decaleurs - also hold the bag out away from the cable.
Maybe take a look at bags in your LBS to get a sense of how it would all go together.