I’ve never found quite the right bag for my handlebars. I have tried several, most recently the Apidura Racing Handlebar Bag, but it was just too small. None had the key features that I wanted when bikepacking.
So I decided time to get Michael from Stealth Bags in Wellington to work with me and get what I needed. He’s done me two excellent frame bags and is my ‘go to’ guy for creative solutions. So I went to Michael with my wish list and below is what he came up with …
Key features from the above photo:
- Attaches to aero bars with 4 x 6” Voile straps
- Has two mesh pockets on top which will hold my phone and other small items.
- There are ‘D’ hooks which I can attach straps to so it’s a shoulder bag
There is a single top zipper which opens up the main compartment. On the bottom is a second zipper which is attached to a ‘dry pocket’. This will allow me to stuff in my windbreaker and/or rain pants without getting other things wet.
The back of the pack allows for elastic cord to be attached to it. You can also see the webbing for connecting to the handlebar.
Why webbing? It’s a ‘dead’ area that can be used to store things you need need immediate access to. Such as a pair of sandals for at the end of a long day…
On the inside lid there is a pocket which can store things like a battery pack, and two vertical strips which not only hold in the rigid back plate, but can also be used to store things like a pump, spokes, etc.
Looking forward to using the bag in anger. If you are looking for a handlebar bag share your ideas with Michael. The quality of his gear is unsurpassed and you’ll be very happy with the final product. I know that I am.