Standard Features and Optional Elements - Handlebar Bags
Handlebar bags-- are a box shaped bag with a roomy compartment for holding food, clothing, a camera and any other things you might want ready access to on a day's journey or a ride to work. Standard elements include a large single pocket on the front of the bag (dimensional or pleated); side sleeve pockets (handy for a brevet card); two smaller pockets on the rear (good for frequent access to a phone, camera or wallet); a clear map case on the top held closed with velcro, and a backstop sleeve to help secure the bag to the vertical backstop of most front racks.
Options abound with extra pockets, internal stiffeners, wire ports for electronics, etc... If you've yet to experience the functionality and ease of a handlebar bag, you ought to give it a go--you'll dig it.
Please note: despite the name, "handlebar" this type bag generally requires a rack for support and often a decaleur for stabilization.
Handlebar bags come in three standard sizes with the following features:
-two rear 3-D pockets,
-one large front pocket 3D or pleated
-bottom leather wear patch
-hidden side D-rings for shoulder strap
-elastic lid closures
Additional options include:
-waxed fabric: $20
-RaClip rack attachment clips $30
-shoulder strap $12
-interior "pencil pocket" $25
-3d side pockets with elastic closure $20 each
-1/16" ABS plastic stiffener sized to fit $15
-coroplast stiffener sized to fit $10
-brass and leather buckle lid closures $20 each
-dynamo wire port $5