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Carrying a lunch on a day ride

Old 04-11-15, 07:12 PM
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Carrying a lunch on a day ride

Okay, first off, I hope this is the correct subforum.

Second, I am a total Fred when it comes to road biking. I'm more comfortable in my cotton cutoffs than any cycling jersey I've tried. Can't help it.

I'm looking for a good way to carry a decent lunch on a day ride. Usually 2 sandwiches, a small bag of chips, a canned beverage, and maybe a small snack of some sort. I asked on here while back about the Ibera handlebar bags and still like the idea, but the STI compatibility still has me a bit hesitant since I don't really don't want to be messing around too much with my bars.

Is there any other good way to carry something like that without going to racks? I have a frame bag on my MTB that is awesome, but I would like to use my bottle cages on this bike.

Was thinking about possibly using a large seat bag but not sure...

Thanks for any help.
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Back pack.

Otherwise, you have limited all the possibilities to about zero.
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Bout what I figured but thought I'd ask to be sure.

Looks like I might just have to get a handlebar bag and see if it'll work.

Thanks!
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I'd go with a seatbag. Of the ones I currently use one would definitely be overkill for what you want (my Carradice Camper) and the other would probably suffice although it might be a bit tight (Lone Pine Deluxe Wedge).
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There are several handlebar bags that are compatible with STI shifters (I'm assuming road). I use and Ortlieb on my drop bar bike that has STI shifters and interrupter brake levers as well.

The Orlieb bag just clips onto mounting bracket; it is easy to take on and off.


A "bento bag" on the top tube is also handy.

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A friend of mine has 90 degree brake noodles (for V brakes) that bend the cables coming directly out of his brifters downward so that his cables do not interfere with his handlebar bag.
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I'm a total Fred too. On long days I have a fanny pack wrapped on the handlebar, a seat pack, and a back pack.

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go with one of them beam-style platforms that clip onto the seat post.
they be lightweight and can (often) be quickly removed w/o tools.

then you can attach a trunk bag for your lunch and stuff.
get one with the removable insulation pouch which
just happens to be the exact same size as a six pack.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN
A friend of mine has 90 degree brake noodles (for V brakes) that bend the cables coming directly out of his brifters downward so that his cables do not interfere with his handlebar bag.
That works but I never really felt the need for the noodles. I have used a variety of handlebar bags with several different vintages of STI brifters and when necessary I just swept the cables out of the way enough to put the bag in place. The bends were alway gradual enough to not impact shifting or shorten cable life to a degree that I noticed it. Maybe it depends on the cable routing and how long ot short the housings are in that area, but I think it is mostly a matter of folks worrying too much about it rather than just carefully shoving the cables down and back in as gentle of an arc as is possible.
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Something like the Carradice Barley saddlebag is perfect for carrying lunch......and everything else you need for a long day in the saddle.

Barley saddlebag

and here I'm using it on a day out riding some trails.
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