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The bike handlebar bag is a practical accessory for both bikepacking and single day rides. This type of bag is very convenient as it is attached to the front of your bike.
There are different types and sizes to suit each specific use depending on the route and personal preferences and the different types of handlebars. Their function is to store food, tools or clothing safely.
In addition, their strategic location at the front of the vehicle and within easy reach make access to these elements easier.
There are two main varieties of handlebar bike bag:
The starting point when choosing them is the size of your handlebars. Keep in mind that this is a key component for controlling your bike. You should therefore be able to handle it comfortably and reliably.
The harness harnesses are used to carry the sleeping bag, mat and sometimes the tent if it is not too big. They are also often used to carry a map holder, gloves, mackintosh, etc. The outer pockets, which are easy to access, hold items for immediate use. This is also common in roll bags.
A popular standard size is 32 x 16 x 11 cm (L x H x W). This elongated format is well suited to the structure of the main handlebars. A more compact and smaller 21 x 12 x 17 cm is also a good alternative. Its design is ideal for carrying the basics: mobile phone, map, energy bars, etc.
In terms of volume, 2 or 3 litres are the most common, although there are also those with a capacity of 10 and up to 20 litres and, among the smallest ones, you can find 1 litre ones.
The anchoring systems of these bags have evolved a great deal. In general, current models include two parts:
Each model has its own fitting resources. Choose a model that is compatible with your bike. Remember that it must not get in the way of your riding and it must not unbalance your stability or that of the vehicle.
Larger ones are usually fitted with straps, Velcro fasteners, harnesses and metal anchors. They should always be positioned over the fixed areas of the handlebars, leaving room to manoeuvre the brakes without affecting the proper functioning. The more advanced ones have quick-release, clip-type fasteners.
As for the roll ones, they roll up on themselves once they are hooked to the structure. A Velcro system ensures their stability.
When buying a handlebar bag for your bike, you need to choose a quality product that meets your needs. The first priority is that it meets your needs in terms of capacity, is robust and stays firmly in place. A bag that is independent of the harness is usually an advantage, as it is quicker and more convenient to remove, without having to dismantle the entire anchoring system...
At Santafixie we have put together a great selection of these bike bags. And for this, we have used the best specialist firms in the sector. So you have a wide variety of options from the most valued brands on the market at your fingertips.
Since its founding in 1982, the German company has focused on the production of backpacks and panniers for bicycles. Ortlieb is one of the leading companies in the sector, so it always offers innovative, high quality and sustainable products. They are the best if you are an experienced cyclist.
The PRO brand has a reliable and attractive range of products for transporting belongings by bicycle. It is a company that stands out for its good finishes, the ergonomic approach of its creations and the variety of formats. If you are looking for a remarkable value for money, it will convince you.
Restrap was born in Leeds and has its own workshop in England, where it makes its products by hand. This is its main quality and yet its products are marketed at an affordable price. Their waterproof bags are thoroughly tested and are recommended for their excellent seal. If you're in wet or rainy environments, you'll love them.
We end this brief tour with one of the firms most recognised worldwide for its innovation and technological development. Of American origin and with three decades of activity, Topeak is aimed at demanding cyclists who value excellence and a job well done.
As you can see, buying a bike handlebar bag is a serious business that can change your relationship with cycling - take a look at our full selection of products!