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Old 12-11-18, 08:48 AM
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Wearable bike bags.

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New here and I know my post isn't strictly classic related, but the forum wouldn't let me post in the ´want to buy´ section of the site, so chose the classic section as they´re my favourite bikes B-)
Anyway, I was just about to buy a new bike bag and I was looking at the ´Topo designs bike bag´. A small bike bag that attaches to your handle bars but can be taken off and worn around your shoulder. Before I did I wanted to know if any of your guys know any brands that do something similar. I´d love some accessories on my bike, but my day to day rides I would be easier if i had a bag i could just detatch from the bike and wear when im not riding (Not a fan of having a sweaty backpack back either).
If you have any suggestions let me know
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Most handlebar bags detach and come with a shoulder strap for carrying.

Quite a few convertible panniers are available. They are designed to be able to be used as backpacks off the bike. Arkel, Timbuktu, Banjo, and a few others. Google convertible pannier backpack or something.
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Thanks! Will check them out, never knew it was so common to find.
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I have been using a hip pack or a fanny pack for commuting on the road bike that has little accomodation for bags. Sling it facing sideways or rearward while riding and you barely notice it. A lot more room than a jersey pocket and lets me wear normal shirts.

The Topo is probably pretty nice. I know QBP recently did a run of handlebar bags from them to match All City's Gorilla Monsoon.
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I have been using a hip pack or a fanny pack...
Don't call it that when you're on a bike tour in England.
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Weird request, but here ya go.
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Old 12-21-18, 10:19 AM
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Weird request, but here ya go.
I’m going to have a hard time un-seeing that.
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A messenger bag is wearable all day long. Tried and true.
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Been using a North Street hip sack on commutes for a few months. Has loops for the handlebars if you want (although in practice I find that cumbersome). They have a bigger version too.

https://northstbags.com/collections/pioneer-9-hip-pack
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After neck and shoulder injuries I can't stand much weight on my back while walking or riding. I have some good sling bags but hate to wear 'em on the bike.

I use an AGU weatherproof handlebar bag that doubles as a shoulder bag (I can manage some weight on my left shoulder, which so far hasn't been injured). It's a utilitarian gray canteen style bag with semi-rigid sides, no fancy retro C&V leather, canvas, straps or buckles. It's almost identical to my old Beseler canvas camera bag so I can swap the same padded bottom and divider between the two bags.

AGU are in the Netherlands but can easily be ordered from the US (many European websites are set up to serve US customers now, from currency conversion to shipping estimates and the exchange rate is pretty good now, although not quite as good as it was a few years ago). I bought mine on closeout from Nashbar a couple of years ago for $20, a fraction of the original $80-$100 tag. It included the handy KlickFIX mount, which can cost $20 just by itself. The KlickFIX mount holds securely even on gravel rides, snaps on and off easily. It needed only a small, short bungee cord to minimize flipping upward on really rough roads.
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Old 12-21-18, 11:36 AM
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BTW, the hip bag above reminds me... I also used to wear a LowePro camera waist bag while bicycling too. It didn't interfere with riding and took weight off my neck and shoulders. Only reason I haven't used it for awhile is the main nylon buckle broke after about 15 years. The buckle could probably be replaced but would need a heavy duty sewing machine. I've temporarily patched it using heavy duty zip ties, which is fine for walking but I won't risk that on a bike in case the zip ties break and the entire waist bag flops loose.

Check makers of camera waist packs -- LowePro, Think Tank, many others. Those are usually rugged, some are weather resistant, and useful for more than just carrying camera gear. For example, lens pouches can double as holders for drink containers. The padded pouches will keep water cool a lot longer in summer, or warm in winter.
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Old 12-21-18, 12:27 PM
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Thanks for reminding me. I had been dreaming about a pannier backpack.

https://www.pannierbackpacks.com/






There are, of course, many other brands of backpack panniers that aren't as comprehensive.

This article was from a few years ago. I'm sure there are different offerings now.

https://www.cyclingabout.com/list-of...-back-or-bike/
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Canoe Portage Pack, bag, in a bike trailer you can use the straps on the pack to wear the trailer.. and have your hands free , to carry the bike..
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Yeah, thats usually the route I take at the moment, but would like a second bag just for the space really, and for bike specific things. I seen that collab they done, but it was sold out by the time I found it, my bike has orange decals so would look pretty good too.
Finally I think I´m going for the Volloton Cayolle bag ( Cant post a link cause I havnt posted 10 times), but the aesthetic suits a classic bike well and doubles up as a hip bag when I need to lock the bike up.
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I have an Ikea bag lying round somewhere too, dunno why I didnt think of this earlier. its beautiful.
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They look nice, thanks, Bookmarked the page for a future bike, but for my current one I think I´m gonna go with the Velotton Cayolle handlebar bag (Cant post links yet). Think the Aesthetic would suit my bike better.
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Thanks! The bags look nice and durable with a minimal design as well. I´d like something that matches my classic bike a bit better though, found a bag from a Polish company called Velotton. They do a nice, albeit smaller, handlebar bag which matches the vintage style.
Thanks for the info though!
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Ahh, my current bike has no racks or anything, and the only chrome racks Iv ever found have been the wald ones which put a couple kilos on your bike, which I´d prefer not to with this one
I would love to design a bag that is similar to the seatpost bags you get these days, like the restrap one for example, but instead of leaving behind a shell (Which is the main bit you dont want to be stolen when away from your bike) when you take out the inner bag, you unclip the whole bag and it doubles as a backpack.
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I have an Ikea bag lying round somewhere too, dunno why I didnt think of this earlier. its beautiful.
Did you have to assemble it?
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Hi!
New here and I know my post isn't strictly classic related, but the forum wouldn't let me post in the ´want to buy´ section of the site, so chose the classic section as they´re my favourite bikes B-)
Anyway, I was just about to buy a new bike bag and I was looking at the ´Topo designs bike bag´. A small bike bag that attaches to your handle bars but can be taken off and worn around your shoulder. Before I did I wanted to know if any of your guys know any brands that do something similar. I´d love some accessories on my bike, but my day to day rides I would be easier if i had a bag i could just detatch from the bike and wear when im not riding (Not a fan of having a sweaty backpack back either).
If you have any suggestions let me know
I purchased some motorcycle saddle panniers. Sliced 18" of broom handle in half, bolted it down the centre of the mid-section flap over, affixed two headset hangers each end of said broom handle and used strap that comes with each saddle bag and voila.

Drop it over a standard front rack and it hangs nice and low to minimize steering slap when heavily loaded.
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I use the shoulder strap on both my Acorn handlebar bag and Cannondale panniers. The pannier works only if you have one- with 2 it juts out from your body, It’s “possible,” just not comfortable.
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I use the shoulder strap on both my Acorn handlebar bag and Cannondale panniers. The pannier works only if you have one- with 2 it juts out from your body, It’s “possible,” just not comfortable.
Use a guitar strap?
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Use a guitar strap?
I suppose you could do that- but the Cannondale panniers came with a strap- and when my wife got my Acorn bag for me- she purchased it with the shoulder strap.

Did you see that sweet-ass Jimmy Page strap I got?

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