Whether you’ve plenty of experience of packing for bicycle tours, or a first timer, or even a daily commuter looking for a better way to pack your essentials, the right bicycle handlebar bag can make or break a perfect bike setup.
Small items can get lost in frame bags or panniers, and trying to find them means interrupting your ride and stepping off the bike. Keeping important belongings (phone, wallet, camera, post- ride snack, etc.) on the front of your bike will put them within easy reach and balance out your load, especially if paired with something like a seat post pouch.
There are a number of bags on the market to choose from, each with unique characteristics, innovative designs, and varying price tags. Generally, you’ll want to look for a model that is un-obstructive yet spacious, easy to attach and detach, and ready to rough it in all kinds of weather.
Bags are designed to fit most handlebar styles, though you might have to slightly adjust your cables to make sure the bag sits comfortably. If you have carbon fiber handlebars, you might want to double check with the bag maker and wherever you got your bike from to make sure that clamp attachments will not damage the material.
How waterproof is my bicycle handlebar bag?
Like most bike-specific bags, handlebar bags are usually made of a material like Cordura, a highly durable nylon or nylon blend that ensures waterproofing and is resistant to punctures or tears.
Always look for a waterproof rating when shopping for any bike bag; the last thing you want is for your items to end up soaked in a puddle of rainwater. Remember that “Water-resistant” or “Weather- resistant” are not sure-fire guarantees when it comes to product descriptions. “Waterproof” is the only term that means your product has been engineered and tested to keep your things dry.
Our review of the best bicycle handlebar bags on the market
The following handlebar bags are chosen based on their versatility in different scenarios, durability, and ease of use.
Restrap – Bar Pack
Founded a little over a decade ago, this Yorkshire- based company designs, produces and tests bike products based on personal experience. A small team and an emphasis on the hand makeRestrap bags one of a kind in their attention to detail; an eye for sustainability and hiring local are also part of daily operations. All products come with a lifetime warranty, covering both repairs and replacements.
Now, on to the bags themselves- coming in at a 10- liter capacity, Restrap’sBar Pack is compact yet sizable, fully waterproof, and simple to attach in one step in thanks to spring- loaded cam locks. With a hard shell back and internal stiffener, the Bar Pack retains its shape when fully loaded. A hypalon roll-top closure promises protection from the elements as well as quick access. The Bar Pack’s bonus feature is its external packing space; the bag sports a front holster made to fit a D-shaped lock and an elastic drawstring that can secure a light jacket or gaiter on the outside of the pack.
Restrap – Bar Bag
The company’sBar Bag introduces a slightly different approach to packing your bike; instead of a single product, the Bar Bag system consists of a holster made to hold a dry bag and a food pouch that sits on top. The dry bag is included in your purchase along with the food pouch, and can hold up to 14 liters, and attaches with a buckle (this means no fussing around with mounts or clamps). The food pouch measures 1.5 liters (the large version of this product includes a 3 -Liter food pouch) and can be added on thanks to a magnetic pin system which helps it click into place. Foam inserts between the holster and your bars are the latest improvement to the Bar Bag, meant to assist with brake clearance. Along with the initial buckles, fork retention straps act as additional attachments to keep your load from rattling as you go over dips and bumps. Securing both parts of the Bar Bag setup will be like second nature as you get used to it, but thisinstructional video from Restrap is worth watching in the meantime!
Arkel – Signature BB Waterproof Handlebar Bag
Canadian- born, Quebec based brand Arkel is a purveyor of quality North American bike touring gear at affordable prices. With a patented Cam-Lock system, the company is a household name on the pannier circuit. When it comes to handlebar bags, Arkel offers three main types to choose from based on your traveling needs. All are waterproof and covered by warranty.
Coined a “utilitarian” bag by its makers, the 4- liter Signature BB is a budget- friendly option for commuters or day trippers looking for a safe and secure place to hold valuables on and off the bike. The Signature is easily convertible to a shoulder bag thanks to an included strap, meaning you can lock up and start exploring right away. Adjustable velcro straps secure this bag on your bars, and reflective stripes offer added evening visibility. Each bag comes with a special touch from Arkel; the signature of the team member who created it adorns the inner tag.
The company’s classic touring bag is an awesome choice for longer rides; durable and waterproof, it’ll bring any cyclist peace of mind on the road. The zipper closure features welded seams to make sure no moisture finds a way in on rainy days (while the external pockets are not waterproof, they can be easily shielded with araincover). An aluminum mounting system adjusts to fit your bars, while extra brackets are available in case you want to try this bag on different bikes. Additional bonuses include a waterproof map case (great for anyone who owns an Adventure Cycling map set), and, for the photographers out there, the ability to use your handlebar bag as a protective case for a digital camera (check out these instructions).
Arkel – Roll Packer 15 Front Bikepacking Bag
TheRoll Packer 15 is a versatile option for bike packers looking to pack lightly. Measuring a capacity of 15 liters (a25 liter version is also available), this bag attaches to an aluminum hanger, which then mounts to your handlebars. This kind of model is preferred by bike packers because of its ability to hold and compact essential gear such as base layers, a sleeping bag, or even a lightweight tent. Though it’s perfect for an excursion, the Roll Packer can be used in any context that requires carrying a bit of supplies; it would make a trustworthy commuter bag for those who cycle to work all year round.
Craft Cadence – Handlebar Bag (Waterproof)
With an emphasis on constant improvement, evolving products, and customer feedback, Britain’sCraft Cadence produces bags made for commuters, by commuters. At 3-3.5 liters,The Craft Cadence Waterproof Handlebar Bag is ideal for daily urban riding, as well as the occasional overnight or extended trip; made of tarpaulin, the bag is ready for anything you might throw at it, including a tour. Craft Cadence takes unexpected downpours and nighttime traffic seriously, and the bag is outfitted with reflective stripes as well as a maximum waterproof rating. The three- point belt mounting system allows you to adjust the bag’s position on your bike, and its shape makes sure that contents are easy to reach even while riding. A strap for conversion into a shoulder bag is included with your purchase.
Blackburn – Outpost Elite Hitchhiker Bag
Blackburn’sOutpost Elite Hitchhiker is another budget- friendly option for long distance riders as well as avid commuters. Its unique, boxed shape stands out from the crowd; the bag can be used on its own or paired with a bar roll like its sister product, the Outpost Elite Handlebar Roll. Conveniently, the Hitchhiker can be paired with non-Blackburn bar rolls as well, allowing you to mix and match your existing setup without purchasing additional gear. The attached front bungee makes a great pocket for holding just- in- case items; stash your jacket or rain pants underneath and be glad you did once the weather takes a nasty turn. No matter what your cycling needs are, you can’t go wrong with aBlackburn product; the company has a strong reputation for reliable, lasting products that spans over five decades in business.
Blackburn – Outpost Elite Handlebar Roll and Dry Bag
The Outpost Elite Handlebar Roll is another harness and dry- bag combo system that works for rougher rides where carrying enough gear is crucial. Easy to pack, attach, and adjust on the go, the Outpost Elite is a handlebar setup you can depend on; don’t forget that you can pair it with the Hitchhiker bag described above for added storage!
When shopping for handlebar bike bags, try to prioritize quality over cost or brand names. While top cycling brands have been making amazing products for a while, it’s always worth checking out newer, small-scale makers; more often than not, the designers are the ones strapping up their bikes and riding to work to test out their products.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect handlebar bag, there’s nothing left to do but store your essentials, tighten the buckles and get on the road!
- Bicycle Bags for handlebars: Utilize the variations of different pockets to organize your belongings, nutrition, and bike tools.
- OUTSIDE POCKETS: utilize the front mesh for your bars and small side pockets for quick easy access for gels.
- INSIDE POCKETS: Stores items such as keys, nutrition product, c02 canisters, a wallet, designed spot for your phone, bike tool kit and much more.
- DURABLE MATERIAL & SOLID SHAPE: Our bike saddle bag is made of 700D Nylon to help aid the bicycle handlebar bag being waterproof. This bag is made to resist from wear and tear as well as scratches. It's burrito shape makes it a very fun, but functional design to fit optimally in front of your handlebars.
- INSTALLATION & ATTACHMENT: This handlebar bag is quick and easy to attach to the bike and unattach. It's held together by an adjustment clip and can be tightened to securely fasten the bag to the handle bars. Simply unclip the bag and attach the extra belt to take it with you in the cafe or store.
Large Storage Space: The main pocket has a built-in zipper compartment for convenient storage of items. And the front zipper pocket is more convenient to get things, meeting daily travel needs.
Appropriate Size: The narrow side is only 7 cm, no rubbing of legs during cycling. The small height will not obstruct the installation and use of the stopwatch and bike lights.
Waterproof: Water-repellent fabric, with laminated waterproof zipper, can effectively block rain splashes. Excellent materials can provide a safe environment for your items on rainy days.
Easy Scene Switching: Can be used as a front bag and a cross frame triangle bag. Detachable shoulder straps are delivered, which can be switched to messenger bags, chest bags, handbags and waist bags anytime and anywhere. Universal various scenarios to meet your different needs.
More Details: 360-degree rotating and pressing the quick-release shoulder strap for fast and safe removal and installation. Safety warning reflective strips provide safety guarantee for night driving.
LARGE SPACE: Bike bag has enough inside room for long rides, holds a lot of stuff like iphone X, battery, energy gel, small tire pump, repair kits, keys, wallet etc. Perfect compatible with cellphones below 6.5 inches, iPhone XR XS MAX X 8 7 6s 6 plus 5s / Samsung Galaxy s8 s7 note 7, shake-proof bike front frame bag
HIGH SENSITIVE TOUCH SCREEN: The bike phone bag has a high sensitive TPU film window which can helps you use cellphone easily while riding, great way to see your activity while using maps on a ride. (Note: Touch ID NOT worked through the screen cover)
HUMANIZATION DESIGN: The bike phone mount bag has many humanization designs. A, The hidden earphone hole allows you answer the phone or enjoy music freely while cycling. B, reflective tapes on both sides of bike bags to keep your night ride safety. C, dual soft rubber zipper pulls make it convenient to open & close
DURABLE & WATER RESISTANT: The bike top tube bag is made of ultralight and stylish carbon fiber material with sealed double zippers closure, which ensures the water doesn't flow into the bag.The sun visor and flashing board is great use for rainy or sunny day
EASY TO INSTALL & QUICK RELEASE: 3 straps are firm enough to hold up on the bike, 1 velcro commuter strap on the front + 1 longer commuter strap on the upper bottom( the long strap can fixed the bag on the head tube firmly) + 1 commuter strap on the lower bottom. The bicycle bag would not move around even if you ride on a bumpy or rocky road
External Elastic Cords: The external elastic is suitable for placing some wet raincoats, ropes and other fixed brackets, or tripods, providing more use space.
Large Storage Space: The front bag is 24.5 cm long and 10 cm wide. The capacity is 2.4L, which can easily accommodate mobile phones, power banks, wireless earphones, wallets, energy bars, cycling glasses, etc.
Three Removable Velcro Straps: Velcro strap length: 25CM. The length of the strap can be trimmed according to the handlebar diameter.After the strap is removed,it is easy to be used as a shoulder bag. The bottom strap is not stressed and can be fixed on the brake line.
More Details: After this bike front bag is installed on the handlebars, it will not block the stopwatch and bicycle lights. Waterproof zipper is used to prevent rainwater from infiltrating. There are six reflective strips on the front of the bag to ensure the safety of your night riding.
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【Suitable Compact Bike Bag Size】: 21.5*13.5*16.5 cm / 8.5*5.3*6.5 inch Well-designed size, 2.5L storage capacity,enough space to hold small items such as beverages,protein bar,snacks,tools in this bike pouch.
【Highly Reflective Bike Pouch】: There's reflective stripe on the bicycle bag which is highly visible and reflective in any kinds of weather.you can be seen 15 meters away,ensure your cycling safety at night.This bike pouch will ensure your safety in the dark.
【Transparent Touch Screen Bike Bag】: Handy transparent pocket on the top allows for easy access to operate the phone,check time, see text message notice and coming call while riding,Made bike riding easier.
【Sturdy Velcro Straps】: Well made stitching to ensure the bike handlebar bag fasten sturdy,strap can be cut to fit your bike handlebar.
【Easy To Install】: There's 3 magic velcro straps on this bike handlebar bag,can be easily to install onto the bike handlebar firmly. This makes it easy to fasten ,convenient and adjustable.
【Suitable Compact Bike Bag Size】: 20*13.5*16.5 cm / 7.9*5.3*6.5 inch Well-designed size, 2.5L capacity,enough space to hold small items such as gloves, tools in this bike pouch.
【Bike Cooler Bag for a short time】: This bicycle handlebar bag keeps your belongings warm/water cold (for short time use).
【Highly Reflective Bike Pouch】: There's reflective stripe on the bicycle bag which is highly visible and reflective in any kinds of weather.You can easily be seen by others over 300 feet away.This bike pouch will ensure your safety in the dark.
【Fit For Straight Handlebar】: Polyester material with insulation coating layer in the bike bag,3 magic straps to fix firmly on the handlebar without shaking and keep handlebar balance.
【Easy To Install】: There's 3 magic stickers on this bike bag handlebar,help to install it onto your bike handlebar easily and firmly. This makes it easy to fasten , convenient and adjustable.
【Lightweight & Waterproof 】The bike bag is made of durable canvas, water resistant cover. Dimension: 9.84 x 2.75 x 5.11 inches, Weight:: 10.58oz.
【Multiple-compartments】The cycling bag has one main zipper pocket, enough space for the necessary items. One front zipper pocket easy to catch phone. Two sidepockets to storage small accessories such as earphone. One inside zipper pocket to put your value like credit card.
【Installation & Adjustable】With an adjustable strap design, it it easy to attach the frame bag to your bike. The removable adjustable shoulder strap length: 57’’, the width: 1.5’’.
【Occasion & Multi-application 】It's perfect for casual, traveling, biking. Use it both as chest pack and shoulder bag. Also it can be worn in the front or back of body.
【Perfect Gift & Satisfied Guarantee】Great choice as a gift for your friends, family and so on. Authorize by Rhinowalk brand, 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you have any problem, please don’t have any hesitation to contact us.
TWO REFLECTIVE SAFETY STRIPS: Bicycle Bag for Handlebars is designed with not one, but TWO reflective strips to offer maximum protection and keep you safe when riding in low light or bad weather environments
AMPLE PHONE AND GEAR STORAGE: Bicycle Handlebar Bag is designed with both secure and convenient storage in mind. The inside storage pouch with mesh pocket is designed to hold your phone, spare tubes, CO2 canisters, and other cycling accessories during the ride, while the two outside mesh pockets are made for on-the-go storage for food and other essentials (9in x 4in x 4in)
WATER & TEAR RESISTANT DESIGN: Cycling bag is made with extremely durable water-resistant polyester material to withstand all the elements. Sealed zippers keep your items safe in all riding conditions. Tear resistant outer ensures bag can handle anything you throw at it
PREMIUM LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN: Weighing only 4 ounces, the Altitude Brands cycling bag is design to hold all your essentials without getting in the way of your riding
QUICK & EASY INSTALLATION: This handlebar bag is extremely easy to attach to your bike frame. Simply loosen the straps, slide them around your handlebars, and then reinsert into the clips and tighten as desired