If you read my last post, and you’re interested in Local Touring you may be wondering how to start. One word. Bags.
The handlebar bag is the gateway drug to bicycle utility. They give you the ability to carry some stuff without mounting a rack directly to your bicycle. A bar bag will keep things close at hand and easily accessible even while riding.
Here are 3 great options.
The waterproof bar bag from Banjo Brothers. The least expensive way to start adding bags to your bike. It has internal stiffeners to maintain the bags shape, a map pocket on top, mesh side pockets. It comes with a shoulder strap for off bike carrying, and bracket to attach the bag to your bar. Dimensions are 8″ H x 9″ L x 6″ W. The bag opens toward you. Imported
The Paloma from Swift Industries. Made in a small shop in Seattle the Paloma is a small bag made of the best water resistant fabrics. It’s just the right size for a day on the bike. The bag opens away from you making it even easier to access your stuff. Dimensions are 10″w X 6″d X 6″h. Bar adapter bracket priced separately from bag. Made in the USA.
If you like the tradition of waxed canvas and leather the BarSack from Sackville is the bag for you. Sackville is the bag brand from Rivendell Bicycle Works. This bag features magnetic top flap closure, two side pockets and zip front pocket. Top flap opens the way it should-away from you. Attaches to your bar with the super swanky rack from Nitto (not included). Dimensions 9.5″ wide to side x 7″ front-to-back x 8″ tall. Expensive to buy, but cheap to own. This bag will serve you for a long time. Made in the USA.
Next time I’ll tackle other options for carrying stuff on the front of your bike. Racks, and panniers and baskets-Oh my!