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Messenger Bag / Handbar Bar - Does such a beast exist?

Old 01-13-07, 09:04 PM
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Messenger Bag / Handbar Bar - Does such a beast exist?

I'm looking for what will essentially be a handlebar bar, but I'd also like it to double as a messenger bag, so that if I stop somewhere I can lock my bike up, unclip my messenger bag (which will contain valuables), then be on my merry way

I need something that can hold my digital SLR camera, passport, money, phone, and perhaps a few maps, so I don't need something terribly large

I need something that will definitely be waterproof, and preferably ultra heavy duty, as I plan on undertaking quite a long tour

Can anyone recommend anything like this?
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Old 01-13-07, 11:01 PM
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What do you guys think of this bag? Seems to fit the bill
https://arkel-od.com/panniers/sm_hb_b...l=1&site=#tech

May not be the cheapest one around, but it has a great mounting system and seems to be of high quality
Any one have any experience with this bag?
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My LBS sells a handlebar bag that has a waist strap built in (tucks in when not in use) and a shoulder strap that attaches. I believe that it is a Trek bag. With the attached strap it is a shoulder bag but not a messenger style bag but it's nice off the bike.
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Every handlebar bag I've seen had an attachement for a shoulder strap, which may or may not be included.

I have the small Arkel bag you linked to. Excellent bag and clamp (my clamp is the older design). The mapcase is nothing to write home about, just ok.
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It seems like you could put some kind of a device on a normal messenger bag so that it would attach to your handlebars or a rack. Like a couple flaps, each with a button, that would fold over the bars and snap the bag in place.

If you find something, please post it here. I've been looking for something similar too, and am starting to think I might need to make my own.
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I have an ortlieb compact handlebar bag that I really like.
https://www.ortliebusa.com/cartgenie/...p?pid=90&cid=2
The strap snaps on and off very quickly, which is handy if you are impatient like myself. The handlebar mount is quick release. I stored all those things you mentioned, although I had a small fixed lense on my camera. An SLR may not fit with a zoom lense, I'm not sure. It is totally waterproof. I rode two days in the pouring rain in Japan and all my stuff stayed dry. I put everything in plastic bags too as a precaution, but no water got in. You may want to look at one of the bigger ones too. I like my handlebar bags small, but it may not fit all your camera stuff.
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I made a small frame from 1/2" PVC plumbing pipe to hold a backpack. It works very well and I can carry lots of gear in it.

I tested it by doing 60 miles, camping over night, and 60 miles back home the next day with no problems. It also has the capability to haul a little extra water in the pipe.
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