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Old 02-25-09, 05:07 PM
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I just tried a Lone Peak and I don't know if I got a bad one or not, but that thing rattled like you wouldn't believe. I'm glad I wasn't going on a trip, I would have thrown it away. I guess I'll have to keep looking. Maybe something that straps to the handlebar rather than the type with the bracket like the Lone Peak.
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What is the issue? What is rattling? I don't think you are going to find too many bags with decent capacity without brackets.

I have an Ortlieb and except for the junk I stash inside the bag it is quiet and solid. The bracket is a pain in the behind to mount and unmount but it is rock solid.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
What is the issue? What is rattling? I don't think you are going to find too many bags with decent capacity without brackets.

I have an Ortlieb and except for the junk I stash inside the bag it is quiet and solid. The bracket is a pain in the behind to mount and unmount but it is rock solid.
I don't know, I was thinking about one of those that have the buckles and buckle it right to the bars.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
What is the issue? What is rattling? I don't think you are going to find too many bags with decent capacity without brackets.

I have an Ortlieb and except for the junk I stash inside the bag it is quiet and solid. The bracket is a pain in the behind to mount and unmount but it is rock solid.
I have to agree with you. I have an Ortlieb and the mount is the strongest I have ever seen. The way it mounts leaves no slack to rattle if you do it right
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I have an Ortlieb that I like. I've got it on a double stem setup to allow room for my cross brake levers. I'm thinking about changing things before this summer's trip - either tilting the handlebar bag up or buying the extension for the mounting bracket. I think getting rid of the second stem will get rid of weight. If I don't really need it, why not?
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Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
I have an Ortlieb that I like. I've got it on a double stem setup to allow room for my cross brake levers. I'm thinking about changing things before this summer's trip - either tilting the handlebar bag up or buying the extension for the mounting bracket. I think getting rid of the second stem will get rid of weight. If I don't really need it, why not?
I have the extension. It gives me room for my giant hands to get to the b-levers. Plus it helps to get the bag out of the way of the shifter cables. But it does look really strange when the bag is not mounted. Not too much of an issue with steering as long as I keep the weight down.
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I have a Jandd with there plastic quick attachement system. Great to swap the bag between bikes, relatively easy to swap.

I've had mine for a long time, and at first I thought the plastic would not last too long. It's held up fine for 5/6 years of use including my year tour.

No issues with rattling, nice gear.

-A handlebar bag which straps to the bar would not work well for 90% of the time I would use it. I usually keep stuff in my bag I want to have with me at all times-wallet/passport etc. That kind of bag would be great for an offroad-type tour though, where I wouldn't need to remove it multiple times per day.

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Thanks for the replies everybody. I like the Ortlieb for being waterproof. I also like the Jandd because of the net siding to carry some extra water bottles or whatever. I'm leaning toward the Jandd.
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I have the ortlieb and I also have the double stem or whatever because of my trekking bars.

I had a heck of a time keeping the bracket from sliding down. After a couple of miles my bag would be hanging loose like a .........well lets just say it was hanging down.

Second time around I put some pieces of inner tubes between the handlebars and the cable to give it some friction. Worked like a charm.

My advice is to start off like that because its a serious time commitment to mount the ortlieb mount. Its definitely something you have to leave on there.
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I just order a Jandd from the Jandd site. They had them on sale and I got it for $45.
https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FTOR2-CO
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I just order a Jandd from the Jandd site. They had them on sale and I got it for $45.
https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FTOR2-CO
The Jandd mount is pretty ingenious, only downside is it's pretty big so be prepared to re-arrange your bar accessories if you have anything close to the stem. I had to slide my computer over, which caused the need to move my interrupter levers, which then required new cable housing. Upside, it pops on and off in 20 seconds.
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Originally Posted by dewaday View Post
The Jandd mount is pretty ingenious, only downside is it's pretty big so be prepared to re-arrange your bar accessories if you have anything close to the stem. I had to slide my computer over, which caused the need to move my interrupter levers, which then required new cable housing. Upside, it pops on and off in 20 seconds.
I didn't have to move anything with that bracket. And I can install/uninstall in 10 seconds. You couldn't fit the computer on the stem?
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Old 02-27-09, 08:23 PM
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Man, that bracket looks like something out of star wars. As long as it works and keeps the bag from boncing around, it will be ok.
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I didn't have to move anything with that bracket. And I can install/uninstall in 10 seconds. You couldn't fit the computer on the stem?
I was looking at the rest of your pictures and I was wondering if there is an adjustment to raise and lower the bag. It looks somewhat high to me.
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here's something different.
bags from Carousel Design Works
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/51584834@N00

i like the work jeff has done.
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I was looking at the rest of your pictures and I was wondering if there is an adjustment to raise and lower the bag. It looks somewhat high to me.
Yes there is. It's located at the front of the bracket. There is six different angles to choose from.
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Man, that bracket looks like something out of star wars. As long as it works and keeps the bag from boncing around, it will be ok.
If your bags bouncing with the Jandd mount, it probably means you just sheared your stem in half .
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If your bags bouncing with the Jandd mount, it probably means you just sheared your stem in half .
That's good to hear.
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I have a Lone Peak H-100 handlebar bag and haven't had any trouble with it. I'm curious about the type of "rattling" that you are experiencing. One possibility that I can think of is if the bag isn't locked down properly into the support bracket. That doesn't seem likely since it is just a simple lever to lock the bag into the bracket. It seems more likely that the contents of your bag are rattling against the plastic frame that supports the fabric bag. The support frame is a solid piece of plastic along the back of the pack and it wraps around the sides. The fabric pack is anchored to and hung off of the plastic frame. The plastic frame is not covered on the inside, so if you are carrying some hard items, and there isn't soft stuff to cushion them, if they are bouncing around they could bang against the plastic sheets on the back and maybe on the sides of the pack and could be the source of the rattling you are hearing. If neither of these is the case you may have something wrong with your pack.
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If you grabbed the sides of the bag and lifted the left, then the right and back and forth like that it rattled pretty good. All I had was a rain jacket in the bag at the time. I liked the looks of the bag and when I talked to the guy I bought it from, he said I may have got a bad one. I said I really didn't care to keep shipping it back and forth. I read a report on Crazy guy on a bike and some other people had the same problem, with the same bag.I liked the bracket on the Lone Peak better than the Jandd, it looked less cluttered. Anyway the other one will be here Wednesday and I got a good price on it, so.
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Sounds like you did end up with a bad bag. I hope mine holds up, because I have liked it so far. Good luck with the new one.
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This is a REI waterproof handlebar bag I have not seen on their site before: https://www.rei.com/product/780458
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I returned the Jandd bag because if loaded medium-heavy the plastic "arms" that hold it into the mount start to bow. I wasn't happy with that. A decaleur or system like Arkel feels more secure and sound; I much prefer that considering I like carrying my camera there.
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I returned the Jandd bag because if loaded medium-heavy the plastic "arms" that hold it into the mount start to bow. I wasn't happy with that. A decaleur or system like Arkel feels more secure and sound; I much prefer that considering I like carrying my camera there.
If it bows with a rain jacket and camera and a little food, it will be sent back too. Thanks everybody for all the replies and input.
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I returned the Jandd bag because if loaded medium-heavy the plastic "arms" that hold it into the mount start to bow.
Just how much are we talking here?
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