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Offline livinday2day02

good handlebar bags?
« on: May 14, 2009, 01:47:25 am »
I'm in the market for a handlebar bag....I want some recommendations and have a couple things that are important to this choice.  I'll be on the road for 60 day so durability is an issue.  I have STI shifters so it can't (and i don't want it to) be huge.  I want a pocket for camera, cell phone, maps and misc, so it can't be too small.  Anybody out there have a handle bar bag they just love?  If so tell me about it I want some opinions.
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Offline biker_james

Re: good handlebar bags?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009, 07:13:29 am »
I have an Arkel handlebar bag that I love. Its very well made and very well thought out. I've got more than 60 days of touring in with mine, and it's still essentially new. I usually carry a camera, video camera, maps, wallet and a lot of miscellaneous crap in it.

I have the Large handlebar bag, and it still works fine with my STI shifters.

Offline driftlessregion

Re: good handlebar bags?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2009, 10:48:32 pm »
Arkels are great. I liked a Vaude alot but d/t STI had to install "noodles" to route the cables down.  Any of these bags that have the large quick release mounting make it hard to fit a computer on the bar too. Last year I bought a Banjo Brothers which is smaller but uses straps top and bottom and was very happy with it on tour. See it at