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Old 07-08-11, 03:49 PM
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Recommendations please for a small front rack trunk bag

Hi All,

I am looking for a small front rack trunk bag that is about the size of a medium to large shaving kit.

My apologies, but I am not a fan of the blocky, Frenchish pic-a-nic type bags. I am looking for functional and cheap. For example, my rear trunk is a very utilitarian trunk that I got from Performance. Nashbar use to carry one, but I can't find it.

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Here is an expensive one:

https://www.rivbike.com/products/show...k-small/20-134
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Old 07-08-11, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
Yes it is. As a matter of principle, I simply refuse to pay more for a glorified shaving kit / small gym bag than I would for my carry on suitcase. A briefcase I'll pay more for, but not a shaving kit.
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I own that Riv bag and the VO Campagne bag. I have owned the Ostrich bag as well. All three are great. Let me know if you find a front bag that's as nice as any of those for under $100. It seems it's just one of those things you have to pay for if you want something good.
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Old 07-09-11, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
I own that Riv bag and the VO Campagne bag. I have owned the Ostrich bag as well. All three are great. Let me know if you find a front bag that's as nice as any of those for under $100. It seems it's just one of those things you have to pay for if you want something good.
Thanks, but I think you are missing my point. That old adage applies to some things and not others. After many years spent pursuing many outdoor adventure sports (hiking, mountaineering, scuba, cycling, etc) I have come to look at bags for these sports in a very utilitarian way. I'm looking for function, not style or fashion. Bags are simply containers in which you put your other stuff. The world is full of quality, functional bags of all sorts. And I'm still not going to pay $100 for a canvas and leather trimmed shaving kit, even if it is made by elves.
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I would stop by a military surplus store. I would bet they have bags of different shapes and sizes. After that, check out Goodwill, Garage sales, etc.
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Or a camera bag?
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I use this one up at the cabin on our MTBs.

Axiom Cortz DLX

https://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...nk/cortez-dlx/




Think I got it on sale for $45 locally.

Lots of room and waterproof.
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Now we're talking. All good suggestions.
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I got a Zimbale front bag (basically a Lil' Loafer knockoff). I can say...it is terrible. Velcro is the worst idea for bag straps that I've ever seen. I'm planning on replacing the velcro with leather straps.

I've seen two alternatives to mini front-rack bags - the rear trunk bag like gomango mentioned, and something akin to a rollbag and a few toe clip/leather straps. The first would be great, but the sizing annoys me (rear trunk bags I've tried all tend to be on the large side for a mini front rack) and then there's extra stabilization. Most mini front rack bags have a small flap that will hook to the back of Nitto/VO front racks (the part that comes up and is nearest to the frame), and these are missing from most rear trunk bags. If you have a different front rack, sorry for the extra text to read . I've also seen some people just use a canvas wrap and tie it down to their front rack.

What type of front rack are you using?
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Originally Posted by dashuaigeh View Post
I got a Zimbale front bag (basically a Lil' Loafer knockoff). I can say...it is terrible. Velcro is the worst idea for bag straps that I've ever seen. I'm planning on replacing the velcro with leather straps.

I've seen two alternatives to mini front-rack bags - the rear trunk bag like gomango mentioned, and something akin to a rollbag and a few toe clip/leather straps. The first would be great, but the sizing annoys me (rear trunk bags I've tried all tend to be on the large side for a mini front rack) and then there's extra stabilization. Most mini front rack bags have a small flap that will hook to the back of Nitto/VO front racks (the part that comes up and is nearest to the frame), and these are missing from most rear trunk bags. If you have a different front rack, sorry for the extra text to read . I've also seen some people just use a canvas wrap and tie it down to their front rack.

What type of front rack are you using?
Thanks for the advice. Yes, it's a mini front rack. I'm kind of liking the camera bag idea. Or maybe a shaving kit with a top zipper.
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I did this hunt before a trip recently and found exactly this problem. The french style stuff is pricey, particularly if you want a frenchy rack. Quality handlebar bags aren't cheap, and they're handlebar bags. I never found a cheaper option so I went with the VO Champagne and a Pass Hunter that my bro in law bought for me for X-Mas. You can save a lot of money by going with a cheap rack (there are $6 out there that bolt to canti or caliper mounts) and a nice bag, plus decaleur with a french bag.

If your front rack is long enough to run a rear trunk bag, the wife and I have had good luck with the Lezyne Trunk Caddy. Good design, decent durability (I had to sew mine once over 4000k) and reasonable price, $60CDN.
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Thanks for the advice. Yes, it's a mini front rack. I'm kind of liking the camera bag idea. Or maybe a shaving kit with a top zipper.
If you do get those to work, please let us know how you modified/mounted them . AFAIK, finding a functional cheap mini front rack bag is kind of an unsolved problem.
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I found one! I was at Fry's Electronics this afternoon picking up some computer peripherals and checked out the camera bags. This one fits perfectly either along or across the rack, has lots of loops for pressure straps, extra outside pockets, and cost $19. At that price, no one should feel bad about taking a pair of scissors and an exacto to it to modify it as needed. It will hold a 24 oz bottle or a six pack of 12 oz cans of your favorite beverage.

There was also a funky camera bag made out of thin canvas for $104. Had to laugh when I saw it.



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I'd say it depends on how much weight and volume you intend to carry. If you're willing to go with a pure handlebar bag, check out Tough Traveler:
https://www.toughtraveler.com/lug/sports.asp

I've owned this one for decades:


And recently picked up two more, one for a tandem and one for this:


The newer ones have a Velrco strap on the back which can go over the stem to provide more stability and support. However I've never had trouble with my first one which doesn't have that strap.
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