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Old 01-13-19, 12:22 PM
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Front bag suggestions?

I just picked up a Rawland xSogn with a rando rack (pic below). It's my first low-trail bike and my first front rack. Any suggestions for a bag used for commuting, centuries, and doubles? Bonus for aterproof (because Seattle...).

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I use an Acorn large rando bag. It's not fully waterproof, but I have ridden 20 hours in the rain and the only water issue was in the map pocket. I would say this is probably true of most rando bags.
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I have a rawland rack too, currently I'm using a DSLR camera bag I found at goodwill. Which is not a very sexy suggestion.

But what I really want is a Swift Ozette just haven't had the budget for it yet. Of the reviews I read this was one of the most common and most positively reviewed bags for randonneurs that I saw.
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Thanks! I have a smallish generic bar bag that should do temporarily for commutes, as long as I don't need to carry shoes, but I'll add these to the list for when the budget catches up.
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For a quick and cheap system you can zip-tie a Wald basket to the rack.
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I have a Velo Orange bag that's now discontinued, somewhat different from what they have now, but I suspect it's not that different. The map case on top is useful, the size is good. It's not really waterproof but that hasn't been an issue when when riding in rain for many hours.

​​​​​​If I need to replace it, I'll be looking at very similar bags, willing to spend a bit more if necessary . Depending on size and features, that is.

You will need some kind of a decaleur to mount a bag to the Rawland rack.
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Gilles Berthoud ? hand made in France, & sold in many discerning bike shops..

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Ortlieb nails the waterproofness but they don't need to use that rack for support, so you can tie a stuff sack on it under the bar bag
fixed to the handlebars with their QR clamp/clip.


Seattle rando has its peer pressure to satisfy.. ...





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I got myself a GB2886 for Christmas, but I like the suggestion of a Swift Ozette for that Rawland.
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If I were to get a French style front bag I'd talk to Emily at dill pickle gear. I have a few of bags and they've been on a few long wet rides and have stood up very well without any real leaks to speak of. I skimped on the inner pockets and regret it. I'm sure I've seen pics on her blog of a French style front bag. I like that they are moderm materials instead of canvas and leather. Also hey a choice of colour!

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If I were to get a French style front bag I'd talk to Emily at dill pickle gear. I have Yeo of bags and they've been on a few long wet rides and have stood up very well without any real leaks to speak of. I skimped on the inner pockets and regret it. I'm sure I've seen pics on her blog of a French style front bag. I like that they are moderm materials instead of canvas and leather. Also hey a choice of colour!
I have several Dill Pickle bags and they are wonderful.
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Now that I'm in front a real computer I found the link easily enough: Randonneuring front bag.
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That bag looks awsome.
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I love my Swift Ozette XL. It perfectly fits the Haulin' Colin Porteur Rack on my NFE, but I have also used in on a smaller rack to which I zip-tied a painted steel mesh that's the right size to support the bag. It opens to wards the rider, has plenty of space because it's tall and doesn't get in the way of the shifters or anything mounted on top of the bars. For me it's stable enough even without a decaleur. While it's not 100% water proof, it keeps out most of the rain and if I really want to keep something dry (like a phone or some paper), I put it inside a plastic bag inside the Ozette.
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All the Ruthworks bags I have seen have been really nice. And Eli is really enthusiastic about cycling and randonneuring.
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Seattle? You'll have to get a Swift. My only suggestion is that the seams are not sealed, so you'll have to get seam sealer.

If you want a more waterproof bag, the new VO/Roadrunner bag is tarp-lined, like a messenger bag, but you'll have to add on pockets and such (Swift just followed suit with the Ozette 2.0). However, it only comes in one size.
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I have a Lone Peak handlebar bag and love it. It's not waterproof, but as with other bags, the only water incursion I've experienced is the map holder on top. To my mind, Lone Peak is a sweet spot between high quality and affordability. I'd love to buy a Dill Pickle or Swift Industries bag, but I'm not willing to pay their prices. Lone Peak has a classic touring look and holds a lot.
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I have the ortlieb ultimate 6 handlebar bag I love it so far.
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I have the old canvas VO bag and I love it. It's handled several hours of rain without any problem, though I do keep a little ziplock bag in there for my phone just in case it really starts to pour on me. It's also a wholly unhelpful piece of advice since it's been out of production for I think three years now.

I sort of assume at some point I'll upgrade to a full set of GB bags or maybe even something custom, but for now that just isn't in the cards.
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there is a Waxwing love thread in C&V now. I really like the organizers. My bag is a mess and it seems like an unnecessary annoyance https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...wing-bags.html
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If you're thinking about putting in a custom order, consider Anhaica Bag Works out of Tallahassee, Florida. They use waxed canvas (local Tupelo beeswax, smells nice!) which helps shed water while looking real classy. They don't have any traditional randonneur bags in stock, but they'll make one for ya.
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The Dill Pickle bag is really a perfect bag. It just works so well, with all sorts of thoughtful features I never even knew I needed. You won’t be disappointed.
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Dill Pickle bags are cool. I believe they are made near my home here in New England so I’m partial. I also like the Ruth Works bags. Those are beautiful.
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