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Old 04-12-10, 09:04 AM
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Handlebar bag suggestions

I am going on a four month tour and I don't know what kind of handlebar bag to get.
Does anyone know of a good brand?
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Old 04-12-10, 09:09 AM
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I like my ortlieb handlebar bag (large size), but I think it is a little too big, which leads to overloading it. It would be smarter to take the smaller handlebar bag, depending on your needs. Inside the bar bag I usually carry camera, keys, phone, wallet, sunglasses case, and a small agenda. Sometimes I throw a clothing layer into it, gloves, or a hat.
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Old 04-12-10, 09:11 AM
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I like my Ortlieb bag, though the attachment method to the bar is really pretty awful, even if it works. I've only ever owned a Jandd bag otherwise for comparison, but it wasn't waterproof and didn't have as nice an option for the map case.
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Old 04-12-10, 09:26 AM
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plastic garbage bags and a wald basket.

touring utility on the cheap!
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Old 04-12-10, 09:55 AM
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One more vote for Ortliebs, but get one of the smaller sizes. Once you've attached the mounting system, taking the bag on and off the bars is pretty easy.
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Old 04-12-10, 10:28 AM
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Lone Peak bag

I like my Lone Peak full sized bag from The Touring Store. Perfect size, well built and reasonably priced.
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Old 04-12-10, 10:36 AM
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Jandd.

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Old 04-12-10, 11:11 AM
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Arkel small bar bag.

Obviously you can see that everyone has a different opinion- probably best to just research them and determine which one works for you.
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Old 04-12-10, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by gulfislander View Post
I like my Lone Peak full sized bag from The Touring Store. Perfect size, well built and reasonably priced.
+1 I have a Lone Peak H-100 bar bag from The Touring Store and love it. Seemed like everything else was either much bigger, much smaller, or much more expensive...
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Old 04-12-10, 01:09 PM
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Another H100 vote. I carry a map, keys, wallet, a small first-aid kit, camera, rain cover, phone, compact binoculars and (occasionally) a windbreaker. Love the attachment system and the organization of the bag.
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Old 04-12-10, 01:44 PM
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'nother vote for the small Arkel bag.
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Old 04-12-10, 02:20 PM
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Look at the small Topeak bags
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Originally Posted by buffaloborn85 View Post
plastic garbage bags and a wald basket.
+1

I agree, very effective.

But I have a Lone Peak H-100. I like it fine, it's a bomber bag and simple, the right size and so on, but I don't like the plastic h'bar attachment system it has. I trust it fine, but I just like metal more than plastic. I like the attachment system Arkel has, and their bags are almost identical. No experience with the Jandd h'bar bag, but their stuff is pretty cool. However, I like that you can lock the Ortleib bag straight to the bracket for when you're away from the bike.

The trash bag system is nearly flawless though. Go with that.
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Old 04-13-10, 05:38 AM
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I have the Arkel small.

But REI probably sells a pretty good one cheaper, I know they used to.
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Old 04-13-10, 07:31 PM
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I have the Topeak TourGuide. This is a great handlebar bag; much better than any I've owned before. I prefer it over the Ortlieb. It is smaller than it looks, but is a good size for the way I use it. Very secure attachment system. Here is a site detailing installation with pictures.

http://www.marcosnetto.com.br/bike/topeakbag.htm

You can buy it for about $43 (e.g., aebike.com).
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Old 04-15-10, 02:07 AM
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+1 for Ortlieb - I have the large one and really like it.

It's waterproof and holds a phenomenal amount securely - I use it for my Canon DSLR with 18-200mm lens attached and 10-22mm lens in a padded liner. Then I fit in my wallet, money belt with passport etc, GPS, compact camera, multitool, leatherman and a few other little bits and bobs.

It's fairly well packed in and some might say overloaded, but I use it as a camera bag when not cycling as it means I can keep my valuables with me at all times. Even with the rough African dirt tracks my camera is still is great nick. 10,000km+ and still going strong.

I find the lid sometimes a little tricky to close and you may prefer a bag with more compartments / pockets.

I would go for the smallest size you need for the gear you want in it and I can't comment on other brands as it's the only one I've ever had.
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Old 04-15-10, 02:20 AM
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I've got the Arkel big bar bag, my girlfriend has the Ortlieb (I think the large one, it's old, so I don't really remember).
Both have got their pro's and con's.
Trouble is: which pro is important versus which con is important.
or: which con is so important no amount of pro will recover a positive attitude.
etc. etc.
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