What they are saying
The bag succeeded in protecting my frame and components from damage as well with a double-backed head-tube velcro strap and solid fixings that work in a similar way to skiing straps, striking the right balance between stability, weight and ease of use. I've found that even when loosened off and lowered to accommodate my front light it stays super stable and doesn't wobble at all.
I think Craft Cadence have struck the right balance in terms of pricing, design and specification for commuting and general riding. The strap system might not be to everyone's taste, but it's infinitely superior to Velcro in my book, and more universally accommodating than models employing quick-release brackets.
If you are looking for a handlebar bag ideal for commuting in a city, you will hardly find an alternative that provides a similar price/value ratio. It is well built, IPX5 waterproof, and provides you with storage for essentials like a rainjacket, extra water bottle, snacks, gels, documents, etc.
Of course, you can use it for long, endurance on the road, gravel, or a hybrid bike.
Our Handlebar Bag has been designed for the light packing commuter or day long rider who wants to keep valuables and essentials within easy one handed reach, in a compact and secure package that is 100% waterproof. The bag is also aimed at photography enthusiasts, with the width and height of the bag designed to perfectly fit one DLSR camera and a set of lenses.
The handlebar bag holds 3 litres to 3.5 litres at a stretch. It will fit most of your daily riding essentials, such as
- External battery packs
- Sandwiches and snacks
- Tools, inner tubes, repair kits, tyre levers, mini pump
- A spare windproof jacket
With plenty of room to spare. Inside, there is also mesh pocket to separate your phone, wallet or your external battery pack.
It can also be used as a DSLR camera bag, with the height and width perfect for a camera and a set of lenses.
As a bag designed for commuters and day riders, we simply do not compromise on waterproofing. While other handlebar bags on the market with zipper designs claim they are waterproof, they are actually water resistant and water will eventually enter through the zipper ends, or through the seams of the stitching.
Our handlebar bag is rated waterproof to the IPX5 Standard through a combination of high frequency welding and the clamshell design. Short of submersion, no downpour will breach the bag.
This is an critical area of consideration as the type of mount can have a direct impact on the quality of your experience. Most small handlebar bags use velcro straps while larger handlebar bags, especially those for touring, make use of metal fixings.
While permanent fixings are generally secure it adds extra weight to the bike and takes up more room on the bars. Velcro straps on the other hand, are light, adaptable to different bikes but they are less secure and can be flimsy.
For our mount, we use a belt system made specifically for us. They work in a similar way to skiing straps and strike the right balance between stability, weight and easy of use. Once strapped on, it is super secure and you won't feel any wobbles. If you must use velcro straps for your type of bike, please get in touch and we can help you out separately.
The position of the bag on the handlebar can be adjusted, depending on how tight the strap is set. If the strap is set at its tightest, the bag will end up slightly above the handlebar. If you loosen the strap by one or two holes, which won't reduce the stability of the mount, the bag can be positioned level or slightly below the handlebar, allowing for computers and lights to sit above the bag.
There is also an additional loop on the bag to attach another front light. Please do note that a minimum of 20cm clearance is needed between the bars and the front tyre.
Our handlebar bags are made with night riding in mind. There are reflectives on the front buckle straps, below the buckles, where you can additionally mount a light, and on the sides of the bag.
You may opt for the bright yellow, or the black which has plenty of reflectives to stand out in the dark.
Ease of access
The clamshell design of the bag means that riders can access essentials one-handed during the ride. If you do use a front mounted bicycle computers at all times, you can still access the bag but stopping will be preferable. Mounting the computer on the stem of the bike will maximise access.
Handlebar bags will get exposed to the elements, so it is essential that they are tough wearing. Our bags are made with tarpaulin which provides the durability and waterproofing that is required.
Use off the bike
Once off the bike, an additional strap is provided that converts the handlebar bag into a shoulder or sling bag to continue your journey.
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