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  Topic Name: DIY handlebar bag - 2nd of 3 (seat bag to come) on: August 01, 2013, 04:17:31 PM
MTBiker from Berendrecht


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« on: August 01, 2013, 04:17:31 PM »

After my framebag, my wife and I started on my handlebar bag. This project only took one evening to make, but quite some time to think through.
My brake and shift cables positioning, restricted the size of the bag.
Also the width of my handlebar (not very wide), restricted the size of the bag.
So I came up with a rather slim model (80 centimeters wide and 50 centimeters circumference).
Both ends would have to be rolled up with buckle models.
I decided to work with loose straps to attach it to the handlebar and frame.
The loose straps are guided through sewn-on straps.
Items I plan to carry in this handlebar bag: 3/4 inflatable sleeping mat, gore tex bivy bag with 1 small pole, lightweight down jacket and maybe some other clothes.
I'm very pleased with this first version (yes, already plans for a second version), but the real test will come in a couple of weeks when I'll first get out there.
Pictures are included.
Please feel free to comment.

Greetz from (very warm now) Belgium



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  Topic Name: DIY handlebar bag - 2nd of 3 (seat bag to come) Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 05:32:41 PM
donnieboy


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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 05:32:41 PM »

Looks like your hard work paid off!  I'll be doing something similar, but have chosen to go with heat sealable material for more waterproofness at the exchange of slightly higher weight than that of cordura.  How did you decide to attach the roll top bag to your bars?  Could you post a picture of it mounted?
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  Topic Name: DIY handlebar bag - 2nd of 3 (seat bag to come) Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 01:46:48 PM
roadpacker


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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 01:46:48 PM »

Nice work. Questions: What is the value of a double end bag? How have you clipped it on? (Wouldn't fixed/sewed clips on the bag be preferable to loose/movable strapping either on the bag or the bar?) High quality craftsmanship. I made my framebag out of an old goretex bivvy sack and dental floss!! It _collects_ water.

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  Topic Name: DIY handlebar bag - 2nd of 3 (seat bag to come) Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 07:19:39 PM
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 07:19:39 PM »

A double ended handlebar can be more evenly loaded for one.  If its closed on one end and you don't fill it up all the way, you'll have it lopsided.  It's convenient to have access from both sides also so you can get to different things without emptying out the entire bag.
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