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Small handlebar bag with map holder or just a map case?

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 12:03pm
by GrahamG
Thought I'd pick everyone's brains here on this one as I'm having trouble finding anything suitable!

I'm after a bar bag for long day rides, mostly because I want a decent waterproof map/route card holder and besides not liking the look of those available, thought I may as well have a bar bag for camera and snacks.

Problem is that they all seem huge, 6 or 7 litres or so, or don't have a map case. Any ideas on something suitable?

Thus far I've only come across one from Edinburgh bike coop, but they've not got back to me with dimensions yet:
Evolution 3l bar bag

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 12:27pm
by asr
I can only recommend that you avoid the Altura Arran bar bag.

Decent, but definitely not waterproof.

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 12:34pm
by GrahamG
That's funny, I forgot to mention that I wanted to avoid Altura like the plague - they've had their '3 strikes' with various products over the last few years and are definitely out now!

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 2:03pm
by johno
Hi Graham

I have an Edinburgh Cycle Coop bar bag on bike at the moment. I have just measured it and the width is 22cm, depth is about 14 cm and height about 17cm. The Rixen & Kaul fitting seems to sit it about 4 cm away from the handlebar.

I understand that (like all their bags), it is made for them by Vaude. I have been very pleased with it overall although a bit of oragami is required to get OS maps into the map holder. However, having seen most of the other bar bags on the market, they all seem to be too big. The Carradice bag (I think) was the only other one of a smallish size but it was a bit more pricey from recollection.

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 2:51pm
by GrahamG
Johno - that's a great help, thank you very much for going to the trouble.

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 3:41pm
by johno
No problem, Graham.

I would add that I have just bought the Edinburgh Cycle Coop rack pack (following the good review in Cycle Magazine a few months ago). It is described as 5 + 1 litres in capacity and presumably that is because the pack can be expanded. I tried it over the weekend and combined with the bar bag it worked really well, especially as I often find a pannier is too much for a day ride or the commute.

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 7:14pm
by PH
The EBC bag is almost identical to the Vaude Road 1 ... -1782.html

The only difference I could see was the EBC one has a mesh outer pocket on one side. They are nice bags but be aware they're far from waterproof, they come with a rain cover but this also covers the mapcase.

Posted: 7 Jul 2008, 8:05pm
by Manx Cat
The most waterproof one I ve used is the Orlieb one. I have one, its very good and very waterproof. ONly negative, is that I cannot use the barbag and the front light system at the same time.


Posted: 8 Jul 2008, 11:37am
by GrahamG
Thanks for the pointers everyone, I've ordered the EBC one so will soon find out if it's suitable!