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What do you carry in your handlebar bag?

Old 12-07-14, 08:19 AM
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What do you carry in your handlebar bag?

As a follow up for the barbag thread, what do you carry? As a diabetic, I always have plenty of food, my blood glucose monitor, a spare tube, wallet and cell phone/camera. Sometimes I'll carry 3lbs of Kona blend coffee
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For some reason, that picture looks like two beers, to go. Maybe it's Pavlovian, but I'm excited.

Handlebars.
From the store to my garage.
Then I throw the bag away.

Just never been a fan of that bag placement.
Probably left over from my handlebar basket days.
Many a paperboy has had a bike fall over due to those things.
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I have one of those wonderful old Bellwether cylindrical bags, which is period-appropriate for the UO-8. I keep the usual ensemble of spare inner tube, patch kit, tire levers, and multitool, but I have ample space to add other tools or to stash my smaller purchases when visiting a store. It is also a handy place for a snack or two, per the earlier post.

The only problem with a handlebar bag is that is precludes handlebar mounting of water bottles. Since I already have pump pegs on the downtube, my (bright yellow, of course) Camelback comes in handy.
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Around this time of year, it holds alternate winter stuff in case the temperature changes enough: the other pair of gloves, headband if I'm wearing the balaclava, etc.
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I just strap stuff to my front rack:

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Originally Posted by nlerner
I just strap stuff to my front rack:
Is that your TT set up, Neal?
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Originally Posted by Roger M
Is that your TT set up, Neal?
You think something more tear-dropped shaped would be better?
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Originally Posted by nlerner
You think something more tear-dropped shaped would be better?
Nah, youre good as far as shape goes. This might be a nice ad on for the rear fender though..

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Originally Posted by nlerner
I just strap stuff to my front rack:

Nice fairing!
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Today, a christmas tree. But mostly it's groceries on the front rack.
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Lmao.. I carry a very small bag. Cash, cell phone, Allen wrench set. Chewing gum, Small patch kit.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
I just strap stuff to my front rack:
With a tailwind, that would be awesome. Do you have to paperboy when going upwind?
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I use a hydration backpack w/ storage for the majority of riding. Plenty of spare little parts, various tubes, patch, micro-pump, micro-tools to service a variety of bikes and snacks of unknown age or origin. Last summer was riding a 700c off-road and came along an ATB rider who flatted and walking his bike. The fellow told me he just purchased the used bike but didn't plan very well for carrying anything but water. I happened to have a spare 26" tube.

Now for the freaky and what I sometimes carry on a handlebar bag. One side pocket has a can of HALT and this. Riding solo downstate IL gravel, dirt trails, deep in the boonies and you might find some very strange and creepy characters.

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Depends on the time of the year for me as to what's in the bag. Year round though: tube, tire irons, basic tool kit, plastic bag, paper towel, wet wipes stolen from KFC, sketch kit. When the weather turns foul, I'll add cold weather stuff for layering. I'd still like to carry a whole roasted chicken, just to say I have.
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Just the essentials: spare tube, patch kit, mini pump, multi-tool, and front light.

That's about all I can fit in there:

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Originally Posted by nlerner
I just strap stuff to my front rack:

Perhaps that's why you hit the tree.
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OK, from memory - it's cold, wet and dark outside and the bike with the bag on is locked in the bike dungeon:

In the top map sleeve - map and notes including a card with emergency contact details, ID and medical info,

In the zipped front pocket - I-phone with integrated camera plus ride mapping app.
Spare batteries, (charged rechargeable for the Cree torch used as a front light quick-release mounted on the bars and two spare AAA batteries for rear LED light, CR2032 button cells for wireless computer).
Surgical gloves - for chain mishaps.
Small Swiss Army knife, includes pliers, scissors and bottle opener.
Rain cape and foil space blanket - both fold up really small.


In the bottom of the main compartment - packed tightly in ziplock bags:

Bag 1 - multi-tool
Spare tube(s)
mini-pump
puncture repair kit
3 Pedros plastic tyre levers
Park Spoke key
3X spare spokes & nipples
rear brake & gear inner cables (1 of each, will also fit the front brake/changer with spare length coiled up in emergency))
spare toe strap
1 Master link
A handful of assorted plastic cable ties
A few spare M5 & m8 bolts, washers and nuts
A length of adhesive tape and PTFE tape
A small sachet of grease

Bag 2 - lies alongside bag 1in the base of the main compartment, all of this takes up less than an inch of depth :

A length of folded toilet tissue
A few plasters
A triangular bandage
Four paracetomol tablets
Tiny bottle of antiseptic cream
Tiny bottle of sun cream
Spectacle lens wipes
Spare spectacles.

On top of this I routinely put a folding shopping bag (which I can drop straight into a pannier on return to the bike) snacks, sweets, items of removed clothing on the ride, shopping and any other oddments.

The bag releases quickly fron the bike and has a clip-on shoulder strap so it's perfect for taking with me when off the bike.
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Originally Posted by robbietunes
perhaps that's why you hit the tree.
lmfao !!!
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My bag usually carries everything I take. Spare tube, patch kit, tire irons, or one spare tubular with another under the saddle. Wallet, cell phone, glasses case, food (banana, Kind bar or two, perhaps a sandwich etc.). Sometimes a GPS. P&S-type camera. Extra clothes maybe. A paper towel or two. I should carry a tool or two, but I don't.
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Sometimes I carry a spare frameset. You just never know.

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Originally Posted by nlerner
Sometimes I carry a spare frameset. You just never know.

Hey, I know that frame! I believe it is now in the hands of @RobbieTunes
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:lmfao: guys!

I used to love my handlebar bag. Now it's too much trouble to even try to make one fit. I won't bore you with what I carry in my bag, since it's not on my handlebar.

@RobbieTunes, it depends.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict
Last summer was riding a 700c off-road and came along an ATB rider who flatted and walking his bike. The fellow told me he just purchased the used bike but didn't plan very well for carrying anything but water.
For some strange reason I also usually ride my maiden ride on a newly acquired bike without necessary tools. Not really sure why I do that, I don't go that far, but even a 5 mile walk back home would be a real drag. I think maybe it is hassle of digging up a bag and a place to mount it when all I want to do is go.
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My commuter bike, at the moment, is this old Falcon, built up with what Soma calls a "Lauterwasser" bar (because from some angles it kinda resembles a Lauterwasser bar). The handlebar bag is one of my home-made dealies, and though not very attractive, very useful. In it you'll find a tool kit consisting of a small crescent wrench and the usual tire repair stuff, a few wet wipes, a small can of WD40 and, from now until March, lock de-icer. I hate it when I get to the train station and can't open my bike locker. Also in the bag you'll find some random stuff I picked up on the side of the road and forgot about. I'd tell you more about that, but I've forgotten what it was. Last spring I was riding along and a strange noise started coming from the handlebar bag; I stopped to investigate and remembered I'd found a cell phone several days earlier. It was ringing.

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