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Old 08-03-07, 12:19 PM
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Ortlieb Handlebar Bags

I've picked up an Ortlieb "Ultimate 5" handlebar bag for my camera (Hasselblad) on my next tour. So, a couple of quick questions:

1) Are the Ortlieb handlebar bags really waterproof enough to put a camera inside, without using a liner?
2) Will the weight at the handlebar bag change the handling in the same way as putting the weight on a front rack? Or will having 5-6 lbs on the bars have a minimal effect?

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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
I've picked up an Ortlieb "Ultimate 5" handlebar bag for my camera (Hasselblad) on my next tour. So, a couple of quick questions:

1) Are the Ortlieb handlebar bags really waterproof enough to put a camera inside, without using a liner?
2) Will the weight at the handlebar bag change the handling in the same way as putting the weight on a front rack? Or will having 5-6 lbs on the bars have a minimal effect?

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The Ortlieb bag seems waterproof enough but I carry my camera in a second bag or carry a plastic bag just in case. As for handling, I've noticed the weight causes some handling issues if nothing else is on the bike but with loaded front panniers I don't really notice any real difference.
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I have the same bag. Since it closes with two buttons, it's really only waterproof if it's kept primarily upright. With that said, I road through some of the nastiest storms I've ever encountered with my camera in that bag this past summer in France, including hail, and pretty much everything in the bag was completely dry. Just keep your camera in its case in addition to the handlebar bag for best protection, but a plastic bag wouldn't hurt, only be a bit more cumbersome when getting and stowing your camera.

Sorry, forgot to add that I wouldn't try to load your handlebar bag to heavily. I used it for maps, a compass, some light food, gloves, a small knife, and small flashlight. And yes, when I first road with a handlebar bag, I did notice a handling difference, but you'll ride into it, nothing to worry about.

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OK, even though the bag is officially Not Cheap and I was not 100% sure it would work, I put it on the bike and did a quick ride. I should have specified that I use a folding bike with 20" wheels, which gives it lots of oversteer -- and gets corrected by weight on the front rack. Putting weight on the handlebars does not appear to have the same effect, but I won't know for sure until I do a "shakedown cruise" with all my gear on the bike.

Unfortunately my cheapo map holder doesn't work with that bag, so I may have to shell out for the official Ortlieb one. ~argh~

As far as waterproofing, now that I own it I guess I can toss the bag in the shower and see if the inside gets wet. I'll probably bring along an extra plastic bag, just in case.
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Hi,
I'm not a photographer but, shouldn't the Hasselblad put in an iron safe?
Front handlebar safe, hehe, that really should change the handling
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just received mine last thursday still have yet to try it out though. Quality is top notch though
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