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Rackless front bags for gravel

Old 11-08-17, 11:52 AM
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Rackless front bags for gravel

Like a lot of places in the US, here it's pretty common to have a 20-30 degree temperature swing between late afternoon and night time. This time of year I often start a ride in shorts and short sleeves and finish in a long-sleeve top and gloves, sometimes with legwarmers. Right now I'm carrying this on a makeshift front rack but it's a kludge and I'd prefer something better-designed that would also work for gravel riding.

I saw that PedalEd has released a line of bikepacking bags and thought the front bag looked pretty good.

https://theradavist.com/wp-content/up...edalEdBags.jpg
https://pedaled.com/#!/products/pedaled-tendrill/indigo

Anyone using a rackless front bag for gravel/general riding? How do you like it?

Most of the ones I've seen have been either much too large as they're designed for holding a bike-packing sleep system or much too small as they're a replacement for a saddle bag plus a little extra. I have a frame bag that holds tools, food and stuff like that. This would just be for clothes and maybe extra food if needed.
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Bike packing bags are across your handlebars, on the front..

It's a hot new market with a lot of companies wanting a share.

Transamerica Race-tour, most competitors use that kind of gear, + the bag behind the saddle.


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I have a revelate designs handlebar harness. It allows you to choose any sack or dry bag to secure in the harness. I've fit from a 5l dry bag to a 20 liter dry bag without issues.


https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde...ndlebarharness
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Thanks for the link! I've seen that revelate harness dozens of times but never realized it was it's own separate piece of kit. Looks like it would work well for what I want to do. Is your 5L dry bag just a regular one and not specific to the harness?
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Yep, any old dry bag will work. I'm a fan of the sea to summit event sacks because the breathable base allows you to squeeze all the air out for a more compact package. https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Summit-eV...RDT7TD2WB4T6JQ The weakness is that if they are sitting in water long term the bottom will probably start to leak but it is definitely good for any kind of rain or splashing you will run into.
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot
Anyone using a rackless front bag for gravel/general riding? How do you like it?
Swift Paloma.

Tough to beat. Super durable, light and decent capacity.

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I don't use a front bag but Apidura might make something for you.I own the small frame bag and small "gas tank" which see use on my Niner. You are welcome to try them or lay hands on them to check the quality if you want. Just send me a PM. Very fast delivery from London, England. I was thinking about getting the compact bar bag for credit card touring.

REI has the Sea to Summit Event bags mentioned above. The Kennesaw store has them in stock to check out. I'd be surprised if Perimeter or Atlanta didn't also have them in stock. They are very popular if you could find a way to attach one.


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I use a Topeak Tourguide handlebar bag to supplement my rear rack when going multiday. I got the 5 liter version for about $45. They make a larger 7.5. It's padded and has some decent structure to it so it might not be the most efficient option for just carrying clothes. For long day rides I do the same shed or put on more clothes and I use a small backpack but I know not everyone likes that option.

Not directed to the OP, just a general comment...
Are rear racks just not cool anymore? Even without panniers, you can still bungy a dry sacks to it and I'm sure the average rack and dry bag weighs close and sits lower than a well made large supported seat bag. Not judging.. just wondering if I am missing out on something other than an MTB with suspension or just not having convenient mounting options for one.

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Originally Posted by u235
I use a Topeak Tourguide handlebar bag to supplement my rear rack when going multiday. I got the 5 liter version for about $45. They make a larger 7.5. It's padded and has some decent structure to it so it might not be the most efficient option for just carrying clothes. For long day rides I do the same shed or put on more clothes and I use a small backpack but I know not everyone likes that option.

Not directed to the OP, just a general comment...
Are rear racks just not cool anymore? Even without panniers, you can still bungy a dry sacks to it and I'm sure the average rack and dry bag weighs close and sits lower than a well made large supported seat bag. Not judging.. just wondering if I am missing out on something other than an MTB with suspension or just not having convenient mounting options for one.
1) Yeah, I like the topeak too, although I ended up with a Relevate frame bag.

2) yeah, not cool. Seems to be a trend
I use my bags mostly for commuting, and a frame bag works great for me. I have racks and panniers, but got tired of riding with them into the wind. That was literally a big drag. I would not mind a slim low profile pannier though.
And yes, I agree. I would rather have panniers than a big ugly over sized seat post bag aesthetically. And panniers are easy to detach and carry off the bike.

I think in general, panniers are not good for riding into the wind or on really rough surfaces - where balancing the weigh fore/aft is important. But they can carry greater loads and are convenient when you need to take stuff on/off the bike.

Great question.
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot

Anyone using a rackless front bag for gravel/general riding? How do you like it?
I really like using a front bag for gravel and long distance road. Also, I'll usually go without a saddle bag unless it's a really long day and I need to carry more. Overstuffed jersey pockets don't do it for me either -- and all the velominati types can go stuff themselves. (Short rides, less than a couple of hours, I'll carry a small kit in a jersey pocket unless it's someplace off the beaten path.)

I used a Burrito Supreme from Roadrunner on the DK200. I've also got a similar jandd bag that is a little smaller and a lot less expensive.

A little more esoteric: use a magazine pouch to carry gel or snacks on your bars next to your stem. I like it better than a bento box to avoid knee rub when climbing out of the saddle, but ymmv.
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I picked up a small front bag from Banjo Brothers for my last cycling tour. (gravel bike doubles as commuter and cycle tour bike) It worked well for carrying the vest and arm warmers.
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