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Old 01-10-22, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Well, this might work, but the extension cord could be a problem.
For heavier loads, you need to move the weight onto the back of the bike.

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That's a big win, though he might want to use dirt drops and 650c wheels to lower the center of gravity.

Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
For heavier loads, you need to move the weight onto the back of the bike.

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Whether it works or not is superfluous...it is whether or not it FITS.

Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Well, this might work, but the extension cord could be a problem.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post

The moldy toestrap holding it on to the bike is legit.
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Old 01-10-22, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
The moldy toestrap holding it on to the bike is legit.
I hope you noticed that I gave it the proper twist.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I hope you noticed that I gave it the proper twist.
But that's only a half twist. Need the other half to get the leather side out at the toaster bottom corner.

Back to that extension cord - skip it. Go 18V lithium. (Granted not all of us want to wait until lithium batteries qualify for C&V but they will.)
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Go 18V lithium. (Granted not all of us want to wait until lithium batteries qualify for C&V but they will.)
Bottle generator ftw!
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
The moldy toestrap holding it on to the bike is legit.
I have been in Neal's bike cave. He's got moldy toestraps, the Wheel Grotto is moldy, the handlebar storage area is moldy...
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Old 01-10-22, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I have been in Neal's bike cave. He's got moldy toestraps, the Wheel Grotto is moldy, the handlebar storage area is moldy...
But itís C&V mold!
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Well, well, well.

Here's what I've been using for the past couple years. Cheap, effective and easy to move between bikes (if you can at least remember for longer than a few hours how to mount it on bars with brifters and center-pull or cantilever brakes. )


I had one of these when I was in high school. Sadly, my dad probably didn't know what it was and tossed it out when he was cleaning the garage.
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I've been considering a small handlebar bag for longer rides instead of my usual close-to-home rides; but the lack f something like shown in posts 1 & 8, which could be moved bike-to-bike without tools, is what is stopping me.
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Check out the Rodriguez Touring Bike in What its worth forum. Looks like the holder that came with the Kirtland handlebar bag? I had one of those years ago and always found it too bouncy, even with a bungie. I still use the bag though - some 45 years later.
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
I've been considering a small handlebar bag for longer rides instead of my usual close-to-home rides; but the lack f something like shown in posts 1 & 8, which could be moved bike-to-bike without tools, is what is stopping me.

for a small bag on your bars no supports are needed.
Given the right bag.




edit: never thought WILDWOOD would have a relevant input on a "bag" thread. Chicken Little is\was right....

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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
for a small bag on your bars no supports are needed.
Another alternative is no front bag at all!

For those that follow The Rules, no bags are allowed, just stuff what you need in your jersey pocket.

There's a continum from no bag to B.A.B.* Obviously bigger bags require more support.


Bag on the left is >22 liters!

*Big A$$ Bag
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
for a small bag on your bars no supports are needed. Given the right bag.
True, but I see the bag in your picture blocks using the center of the bars as a hand position. The support in post #8 (but not the one in post #1) places the bag far enough from the bar. I tend to ride up top a lot. I seem to recall the product in post #8 used to be commercially available, but I presume no longer?
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
True, but I see the bag in your picture blocks using the center of the bars as a hand position. The support in post #8 (but not the one in post #1) places the bag far enough from the bar. I tend to ride up top a lot. I seem to recall the product in post #8 used to be commercially available, but I presume no longer?
Got tubing and a tube bender?
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
For those that follow The Rules,
There's a continum from no bag to B.A.B.* Obviously bigger bags require more support.
*Big A$$ Bag
The smaller end of the 'useful' front bag continuum was underrepresented. IMHO The OP bag in #1 didn't appear oversized, a tubular spare tire might have braced it out nicely for a few other necessities. . Short of a tour.

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Got tubing and a tube bender?
It would not surprise me if you were serious. If I had confidence in sourcing and selecting the correct tubing -- strong enough to hold, soft enough to form -- and the right bender, it might be fun.

I seem to recall something about filling tubing with sand before bending it, to prevent collapse?
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
True, but I see the bag in your picture blocks using the center of the bars as a hand position. The support in post #8 (but not the one in post #1) places the bag far enough from the bar. I tend to ride up top a lot. I seem to recall the product in post #8 used to be commercially available, but I presume no longer?
....all i can reply with is.... there are compromises in many things for a bike that does not serve a dedicated purpose. . My experience anyway.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
The smaller end of the 'useful' front bag continuum was underrepresented. IMHO The OP bag in #1 didn't appear oversized, a tubular spare tire might have braced it out nicely for a few other necessities. . Short of a tour.

Rules = everyone knows I'm too stupid to follow Rules. Too crazy to care.
@Andy_K doesn't ride tubulars on that bike, and I've ridden with him enough when he was trying to use that bag on several different bikes to know that it can droop down and touch his front wheel. The Rules were written "tongue in cheek". I do know of some people that don't like to attach anything extra to their bike, and use jersey pockets as described.

The takeaway isn't that this is the be all end all of how to support a front bag. It's a neat, portable solution to a particular confluence of factors. The fact that many others have posted similar vintage solutions that are no longer in production tells me that some people might benefit from making their own support as we did. It's not that hard to do, is relatively inexpensive, and works quite well on decent road surfaces. I'm sure Andy will try it out on rougher roads at some point and we'll see how well it holds up.
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Gugie's right. Sometimes a home brew, practical solution just serves.

Check out this post from Lascauxcaveman and what he came up with: https://www.bikeforums.net/21069959-post4.html

I was able to comfortably carry reasonably weighty loads (two glass half gallons of milk) with this setup:


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Yeah, jersey pockets is definitely the way to go.

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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
for a small bag on your bars no supports are needed.
Given the right bag.

edit: never thought WILDWOOD would have a relevant input on a "bag" thread. Chicken Little is\was right....
That is a good looking front bag - who makes it or where can I find one for my bike?
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Originally Posted by bear_a_bug View Post
The moldy toestrap holding it on to the bike is legit.
I think you mean toaststrap.

Back to bags, has anyone used one of these Alpkit Gravel bags? Kind of a neat minimalist design, and fairly economical. Easy to move between bikes too. I am wondering how well it would stay put.
https://us.alpkit.com/products/gravel-handlebar-bag

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So is someone going to come up with a catchy acronym for this Handlebar Bag Support group? And an easy to Google website for our less gifted bags?
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