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Old 12-16-06, 02:05 PM
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Handlebar Bag

Who makes the best hanlebar bag with a map holder for a touring bike, Nasbar.com has one for 30 bucks, I wonder if its any good.
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There's lots of makers of hbar bags - but nashbar doesnt "make" the best one.

I have the nashbar elite bag - it has waterproof zippers which require two hands to open (super tight). I fear it would rip right off the mount if you tried to open it in a hurry. Also, the map holder does not have a zipper or closure of any kind, so, not waterproof. I got mine for ~17 bucks on sale, so its probably worth that much. However, mine's going back because i don't want to ruin 100s of dollars of contents to save 40 bucks on a hbar bag.

Take a look at arkel, ortlieb for the best - $$$. Ortlieb has a mount extension which allows conflict-free mounting on flat bars with std levers/cables.

Jandd, axiom, etc - $$ - perfectly fine bags for reasonable price

nbar, perf - $... and it shows

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I have an Arkel. Although there is room for improvement, the small bag I have offers most of the features I need. It is made of water resistant material and has a hard plastic perimeter inner shell that maintains its' shape. It in fact is not waterproof, however it has a drain hole in the bottom if the worst happens (only once to me).




Having both a front pouch and an inner zipper allows me space to secret things I wish to keep secret. It has lots of Scotchlite and a unique attaching system that drives some bikers crazy. I love it!
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Originally Posted by seeker333
There's lots of makers of hbar bags - but nashbar doesnt "make" the best one.

I have the nashbar elite bag - it has waterproof zippers which require two hands to open (super tight). I fear it would rip right off the mount if you tried to open it in a hurry. Also, the map holder does not have a zipper or closure of any kind, so, not waterproof. I got mine for ~17 bucks on sale, so its probably worth that much. However, mine's going back because i don't want to ruin 100s of dollars of contents to save 40 bucks on a hbar bag.

Take a look at arkel, ortlieb for the best - $$$. Ortlieb has a mount extension which allows conflict-free mounting on flat bars with std levers/cables.

Jannd, axiom, etc - $$ - perfectly fine bags for reasonable price

nbar, perf - $... and it shows
Thanks seeker, I almost bought the Nasbar elite, I guess its better to get the best one out there.
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I like the topeaks.. rock solid mounting kits, quick release from bars and lots of storage options..

https://www.topeak.com/2006/products/...guidehbbdx.php
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+1 on the topeak, i have an older one i really like.
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We both have the Ortlieb Ultimate 3 and really like them. Yesterday we met a guy here in Laos with an the Ultimate 4 like the one in the photos below. It can be locked to the mounting system...very nice.

We got ours from Wayne at www.thetouringstore.com. Give him a call. He's a great guy.



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There are a lot of different handlebar bags out there, just need to choose one.
The more difficult question is: "Who makes a handlebar bag that will work with drop bars and aero bars?"
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ortlieb my survived my 5000 mile ride and some of the hardest rain I've ever been in or see, (Africa my land of birth has some good down pours) so I can safely say my Ortlieb is waterproof. It also has a great mounting system that never moved even after riding across cobbles and some ***** roads in Russia and eastern Europe. I can safely say I'm impressed with mine.
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I have have Ortlieb. A very nice well make bag. I just have two problems with it.

  1. The mounting system could be better IMHO. The advantage of the system is that it will fit any size handlebar without a problem and supposedly, if mounted properly, it is a very solid mount. None the less it makes install and removal of the bag very difficult.

  2. There is a plastic sheet on the inside of the top of the lid. It is supposedly there to prevent rain from pooling on the top of the bag. Mine constantly comes detached for two of it's mounting points making the plastic sheets just about worthless. I better solution would be to place shaped ribs between fabric on the lid of the bag.



Whatever bag you buy, I don't think you can get much better advice and service than from Wayne at The Touring Store.
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Do any of the handlebar bags provide room for auxilary brake handles (aka B-brakes for C'dale) on the flat bar segment of drop bars? I have not seen any of the high dollar bags yet (no LBS stocks them where I live) but the few bags I have see so far cannot coexist with my B-brake levers.
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Originally Posted by oldokie
Do any of the handlebar bags provide room for auxilary brake handles (aka B-brakes for C'dale) on the flat bar segment of drop bars? I have not seen any of the high dollar bags yet (no LBS stocks them where I live) but the few bags I have see so far cannot coexist with my B-brake levers.

This is another problem with the Ortlieb that I failed to mention. It is probably the same for other bags but the bracket takes up a lot of handlebar real estate. I have drop bars with Cannondale B-Levers and still have room for a GPS and computer but that is about it.
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Here's the problem with "modern" handlebar bags:

The present day mounts are pretty much all plastic clamp devices that clamp onto your handlebar both sides of the stem.

That might be OK except it takes up the minimal room you have between the tape and the stem and now you don't have any place to mount your cyclometer.

What's more, the new style mounts raise the bag significantly above the bar whereas the old wire loop mounts pretty much kept the top of the bag level with the top of the bars. The results of this is that not only don't you have any room for your cyclometer but neither have you room for a headlight and even if you could fit it on, the bag is now in the direct line of where the beam would be. I've seen one tourist using this "accessory bar" that clamps to the bar and has another mounting bar a couple of inches higher so that a headlight will work. I suppose half-a55ed is better than nothing.

I found several real cheap bags that use velcro fasteners to hang from the bar but it spent all its time swinging back and forth and really annoyed me.

Finally I just found an old one from St. Louis Recycle and installed that one with the wire loop mount. It worked fine though I've changed my mind about needing one with any capacity now. All it should carry is your keys, your (small) camera and your wallet and it should detach easily and be able to be used as a fanny pack. Otherwise you end up with 10 lbs hanging on your handlebars when you're descending the Grapevine at 50 mph. WHATASPEEDWOBBLE!

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i have nashbar h/bar bags and have used them before.

check out Jandds or Topeak, i use either of these. a much better bag. topeak has a plus by having a mounting system for odometer or headlight. jandds mounting system seems better, more secure, than topeak's!
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Originally Posted by cyclintom
Here's the problem with "modern" handlebar bags:



What's more, the new style mounts raise the bag significantly above the bar whereas the old wire loop mounts pretty much kept the top of the bag level with the top of the bars. The results of this is that not only don't you have any room for your cyclometer but neither have you room for a headlight and even if you could fit it on, the bag is now in the direct line of where the beam would be. I've seen one tourist using this "accessory bar" that clamps to the bar and has another mounting bar a couple of inches higher so that a headlight will work. I suppose half-a55ed is better than nothing.
Yes yet another problem I failed to mention. But I fixed this problem by attaching a piece of PVC horizontally on the mounting bracket. I then attached a vertical piece of PVC using an elbow to this piece. I mounted the light to this "mast". My problem was that I did not glue it, so that I can remove the "mast" when not needed. The problem was that it would shake loose.


The "accessory bar" that you write of, may be a Minoura Swing grip which should work too but I am afraid it may not be high enough.

I think I might try making a "hook" out of a piece of metal and attach PVC. I would then hook this on the lip of the bag. This would get the light out of the way.
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Here's one like I finally bought:

https://cgi.ebay.com/Road-Handlebar-B...QQcmdZViewItem
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