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Handlebar Pack for Touring/Commuting(4 posts)

Handlebar Pack for Touring/CommutingripSRV
Mar 25, 2002 2:41 PM
I've tried the new Cannondale and seen the Topeak handlebar bags and am looking for something better.

Do you old guys remember TA bags and racks? They mounted low and were simply designed. Unfortunately they're compatability with Mafac Racer centerpull brakes is outdated and I'm several bikes beyond that now. (Still have an old Peugeot UO-8 set-up though).

I'm looking for the best front pack made. It has to mount low and have a secure rack. (Remember the ones with thin bungies that hooked to the dropout eyelets?) I'm not interested in front panniers because I don't pack enough stuff.

I've thought about installing a front pannier rack and mounting a rear style bag on it, but there must be a descent handlebar rack/bag combination out there.
How big a bag do you want?Andy M-S
Mar 25, 2002 7:15 PM
For my money, the best handlebar bags made are JANDD (www.jandd.com). I like their quick-release model (Mountain IV, I think) but they also make similar models that velcro to the bar and use a suspension system similar to what you're describing.

Of course, the problem with velcro is that the bag sits right there, and you can't get your fingers around the bar, so you lose a valuable position.

I've owned bags that use the suspension system, and they're OK, though I sometimes found myself wondering when the suspension hooks would swing into the spokes and terminate my travels. If they're well-done, of course it's not a problem.

Look around a little on eBay, and I'm sure in a week or two you'll find the kind of bag you're looking for...
re: Handlebar Pack for Touring/CommutingMe Dot Org
Mar 25, 2002 9:56 PM
You might look across the pond...

http://www.zyro.eu.com/

http://www.carradice.co.uk/

http://www.ortlieb.de/mainframe_e.htm
Handlebar bag or front pannier? Try Rivendell.cory
Mar 26, 2002 8:34 AM
Sounds like you're naming one but describing the other...at least around here, a handlebar bag is one that mounts on the bars, while the "low mount and secure rack" you mention would be a front pannier.
Either way, though, Rivendell has good ones--their own Baggins bags, Carradice bags and Nitto racks. I have a Baggins Candy Bar Bag that's handy for small stuff, but I sorta wish I'd gone one size up and bought the Hobo Bag. It's www.rivendellbicycles.com