For the gravel and road bike. What do you guys use? Thanks.
I’ve been really happy with this: https://attaquercycling.com/collections/saddle-bags-pocket-pouches/products/adventure-handlebar-bag-camo
I’ve used on MTB and on road and with the attachment points and straps, it stays locked in place and doesn’t bounce up and down. Only thing you’ll have to manage is the headunit location, since it can prevent you from pulling up the flap to open it depending on where you have it placed.
I like the camo…I have a BlankInc Bar and proprietary mount dead center…I think I could manage getting in and out.
How big? I’ve a podsac one for bikepacking that I like.
Although I’m not sure if they’re available in the states.
I think anywhere between 1-2L would be me. Something to fit the phone, a couple bananas, basic tools, maybe a can of coke and a couple bars…5 hour rides max.
I’ve got both a Rapha and an Apidura and I can recommend both whole heartedly.
Podsac is definitely not what you want then!
Little bit bigger at 2.5L but I’m very pleased with the Roadrunner Burrito Supreme. US made by nice folks for similar price to mass market brand name bags.
I got it for long gravel rides but have been using it for fast solo 4hr+ road rides on my Tarmac with aerofly bars and an out front mount. The opening faces forward so it’s still easy access and the straps are plenty long for the aero tops.
Plenty of room for food and I’ll even throw an extra bottle in there. Makes clothing choice much less of a concern in shoulder seasons too. Just stash extra gear in the bag.
Dill Pickle Gear makes a great handlebar bag, it’s easy to move between bikes and it stays closed on all the gravel I’ve ridden with it. Holds enough for me and doesn’t seem to affect handling. It’s also hand-made in the USA by an experience randonneur, so it’s got great design for long days in the saddle. Many colour options and very waterproof. I didn’t get the internal pockets and kind of regret that choice, they are worth the extra money. My partner got them and stuff stays put better and it’s easier to find what you need.
+1 for road runner, also have the burrito supreme
I bought the REI branded one a couple of months ago. It’s fairly simple in design but it was definitely work the the ~$35 I paid to try out the bag vs an $80 bag. Though it doesn’t sounds as big as what you are describing.
Carradice bags were recommended in the Audax thread
Any in the UK check out Michael_Walkden on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAf0GJHFX9X/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
He’s a Rapha RCC Ride Leader in Leeds and makes his own bar and saddle bags. Quality is brilliant and because everything is made to order he can pretty much make anything you want.
Dirtbags is a small family owned and operated company in Spearfish SD that makes custom
bags at a fair price. I’ve got a couple of their bags and need to order this one. Converts to a waist pack/man bag after you’re done riding to carry your “stuff” like an extra beer to the post ride festivities.
I use the Apidura Back country handlebar bag . I put a sleeping bag ,bivvy bag, waterproof goretex jacket + shorts and pair of gloves in there. Very tough, waterproof, and doesn’t come loose over rough terrain. On my Cotic MTB, but you might need the smaller sized one for a gravel bike. Costs about £77. If you look on Apidura s website you can order it there.
A buddy gave me a SpeedShleev Diego to try. It seems to do the trick for me. Here is about the max I can pack in it. So, really perfect for 5-7 hour rides with the saddle bag and pockets. The limiter is liquids…
+2 for Road Runner. I got both the smaller Burrito and bigger Burrito Supreme. I use either depending on the carry need. Great stuff. Great small company. Doesn’t break the bank.