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Topeak FrontLoader Handlebar Bag

$104.95

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Why We Like The FrontLoader Handlebar Bag

We want to evenly disperse our gear and weight when we're bikepacking, and that's part of the reason why Topeak's FrontLoader Handlebar Bag is an essential item. We can carry lighter, slightly bulkier, items like sleeping bags and spare clothes in this bag, which sits snug between our bars while we ride. An 8-liter removable waterproof drybag keeps everything dry, and a backside head tube strap attachment increases load stability.

  • A durable and sturdy handlebar bag for bikepacking and touring
  • Polyethylene and EVA construction for durability and water repellency
  • NBR rubber spacers and quick release straps for easy attachment
  • Inner carry bag holds a 10,000mm waterproof rating
  • Features a tough outer support harness for stability
  • Item #TOPB03U

Material
polyethylene, EVA, PU leather
Volume
8L (488cu in)
Mount
NBR rubber spaces, straps with quick release buckles
Pockets
removable waterproof drybag
Closure
compression roll-top
Dimensions
13 x 11.3 x 2in, [waterproof carry bag] 19.7 x 5.9 x 5.9in
Claimed Weight
11.5oz (325g)
Recommended Use
commuting
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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>Rating: 2

Has some serious flaws

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

This is more or a bag 'system' than a handlebar bag. The bag itself is a small dry bag like what you would take canoeing or kayaking. It opens at both ends and has an air release valve so you can compress it down after it has been sealed. So far, so good. To attach this to your bike, you need to mount a flexible rubber sleeve to your handlebars/head tube and then clamp that *around* the bag. Nothing secures the bag to the sleeve. The problem is that if your bag is not full enough or the gear inside is not distributed across the whole length of the bag, the rubber sleeve doesn't clamp down securely enough to hold the dry bag in place when you're traversing rough roads. On a recent trip, I had just a few items in the bag and on a rough descent, with the sleeve cinched as tightly as possible, the bag would come out or nearly come out on any rough descent.