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Old 03-31-21, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
because marketing. Never understood how any of these work if you have cables out front.
A bag with a mounting bracket is at great advantage in such a case compared to one which straps to the bars and relies on bungees for stability. That standoff space provided by the bracket is usually enough to place the cables behind the bag. In my case with the bike pictured upthread, I have brake hoses, which are not as sensitive to positioning as cables, and just a RD cable, and have no problems with fitting the cables in that space, nor with steering interference. There is a lot of variance in cable arrays, though, so you’re right that it’s certainly something to be considerate of. Ortlieb brackets offer even more stand off, and they have extensions as well so you can get even more cable (or in the case of drop bars, hand) space. The Route Werks bag actually angles out from the bracket to give more hand space.
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Old 03-31-21, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by chaadster
I’ve never seen an Ortlieb anything like it; got a link?

I have seen Ortlieb qr mounts, though, and they’re hideous monstrosities. The RW mount is considerably more trim and discreet, which I think is nice in any case, but especially so when rolling without the bag. On the plus side for Ortlieb, they do have a locking mount option which is probably great in some scenarios.
I picked this one up a few years ago for $60. Light, easy to use, waterproof, fits loads, sturdy attachment...

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Old 03-31-21, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood
I picked this one up a few years ago for $60. Light, easy to use, waterproof, fits loads, sturdy attachment...

I’m happy you like it!
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I bought a RouteWerks bag to replace that Ortleib bag on my wife's bike - the magnetic closure was so strong on the Ortleib, my wife would get pulled into passing busses and I'd have to drive miles to pick up her and her bike and bring them back.

Date of this posting is 1 April 2021
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
Given the types of cyclists that are likely to buy these, I would have thought they would have some type of map pocket.
1.5 lbs and no shoulder strap plus no place for a visible cue sheet or map. Major fail. Nice review though.
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Originally Posted by coupster
1.5 lbs and no shoulder strap plus no place for a visible cue sheet or map. Major fail. Nice review though.
Boy, if you’re incapable of correctly determining whether it has a shoulder strap, how confident can we be in the rest of your assessment?

That’s a rhetorical point, BTW, I already know the answer.
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Old 06-10-21, 02:07 PM
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With 9 weeks gone by, I’m updating the thread to say life with the Route Werks bag has been great!

I think there’s always a concern that with Kickstarter start-ups, there’s going to be something in the product revealing immaturity or inexperience in the product, so I’m happy to report that this thing has come out of the gates winning! Everything about it just seems really good, and the high quality of design and construction is evident.

Having used it regularly, the only fault I can find is in a bit of rattle in the lid. A couple of thin, adhesive vinyl strips to either side of the latch eliminated the problem without interfering with the ease of closing or anything.
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It has kept the contents dry through a rainstorm, and having removed it from the bracket several times, the mechanism is still secure and solid. I’ve stuffed stuff under the lid straps, and appreciate the adjustability of those elastic cords. Stitching is tight and clean, the internal pocket closures are easy to manipulate, and all the fittings have been reliable.

I did receive the Wahoo mount since posting initially, and that it works dandy. I don’t know if it was me or lack of clarity on the RW site, but I did not understand I needed two bits in order to have a functioning Wahoo mount, so I didn’t order completely at first and then had to wait some weeks for the other piece after placing a second order. A bit frustrating, and just something to pay a little extra attention to if planning to use the integrated mounting point.

Overall, it works just as it should and looks good doing it, with nothing other than the light lid rattle to reasonably fault. It’s a neat piece I enjoy having!


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Originally Posted by chaadster
I was quite delighted to find my pre-ordered Route Werks handlebar bag arrived today, and having looked it over, I’d like to share my initial impressions. I have not installed or ridden it yet.

First off, this thing looks ready for prime time! The build and material quality seems excellent, showcasing solidity and attention to detail. For example, the lid is a really nice looking, solid type of plastic with nice finish texture and rounded edges throughout. The bag is tightly lined with a patterned, grey nylon fabric that looks great and feels good and durable. All the seams are edged, which is impressive. It’s built like a high-end trekking backpack, really.

That overall quality, though, translates to heft; with the bar clamp— itself a solid, stiff hunk of aluminum—the kit clocks in at 679g on my scale. Seems kinda heavy, but I suppose that for the feature set this offers, it’s an acceptable trade off.

Details I like are thinks like the tail extensions on the hooks for the external pockets, all black hardware and bolts throughout (incl. bar clamp), and the pull-tab snaps on the internal pockets, pockets which are actually designed to hold volume, not just flat stuff. The top cover elastic band— for strapping down stuff like gloves or a windbreaker, I presume— is fully tension adjustable and replaceable; a green replacement is included, in fact. Most of the assembly hardware is visible, too, suggesting this is a fully serviceable bag.

The quick release clamp is all metal and seems solid and easy to use.

One thing kind of annoying but which my have been ordering error on my part, is that the computer/accessory mount which came with mine is a Quadlock or somesuch, not a Wahoo. I don’t onow if it was a ship error, a mistake ordering or what, but I’ll need to make a separate order for that little piece, which is inconvenient.

In sum, for a first-go, Kickstarter project, this is seriously impressive and obviously is the result of smart design, thoughtful engineering, and quality construction. For those with need to carry stuff, but want style and versatility, this Route Works bag is a pretty cool option.



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Old 06-11-21, 09:54 AM
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Thanks for the update. I think it is a great bag, and well thought out. Plus 1757 other people beside yourself thought it was good enough to get in to the Kickstarter campaign.

A friend of mine received his though he hasn't used it yet. He had two comments, first it is smaller than it appears (at least to him) and second it isn't as light in weight as you would think. I don't think either of those things would bother me. I am still tempted to purchase one.

I owned the Ortlieb Ulitmate 6 for a while but I hated that I couldn't have a light on my handlebars. The Ortlieb sat higher than the bars so it interfered with my bar light so I sold off the bag. If the light hadn't been an issue I would have kept it. Still I think the Route Werks is a better design.
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Old 06-11-21, 10:07 AM
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Looks like a nifty bit of kit. But reading through this thread, jfc this crowd is just waiting to for a chance to **** all over everything, aren't they?
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