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Five Best Bicycle Handlebar Bags

Updated on June 17, 2018

Bike Handlebar Bags

In this article we look at the best bicycle handlebar bags. Handlebar bags are one of the most essential items to carry on a bike, they are both practical and have good design features. We will also be looking for great looking bags that are a great addition to your bike and are practical enough to carry all your essential accessories in one bag. Bicycle touring is becoming more and more popular along with endurance riding, both of these cycling sports require you to carry extra personal equipment for longer duration. So having a bag with easy access, separate compartments and a good zipper makes good sense.

The reason cyclists have a handlebar bag is so that they can keep any personal items where they can be seen. Having car and house keys and a wallet bulging in your pocket is going to impede you as you ride. For emergencies most people carry a mobile phone and that can easily be placed in a small internal pocket in any of these bags.

A great many cyclists do not like carrying a bag on their shoulders as this would definitely slow them down by greater wind resistance, so having a bag attached to the handle bars that can be seen and is capable of keeping the contents secure makes great sense. Most riders will try to remain as sleek and as low profiled as possible which will allow them to enjoy the ride more and maintain a good average speed.

Also if you have something of value in your pocket there is always the chance you could drop it or even lose it completely. Why risk your personal cycling clothing buy one of these handle bar bag, it's a small investment for a great peace of mind.

Products with the following features make it in to the bicycle handlebar bags review.

Handlebar bags come in all shapes and sizes, I have deliberately left out the very large bags, the type cyclists use when they go camping for the weekend. The bags here are for normal every day usage, must be easy to use and access easily, the bags should be able, to be removed in quick time, allowing you to take them with you even on brief stoppages. They must be easy to access and must be able to fit on the bike easily without a lot of difficulty.

Always look for a good zip fastener as these get used a great many times. Velcro fastening is good as its quick to gain entry to your bag. Also check the stitching on some cheaper bags its not always as good as you would expect. Good stitching and a good zip fastener will make your bag last a long time so its worth paying a little extra.

Banjo Brothers make top quality bags.
Banjo Brothers make top quality bags.

Banjo Brothers Quick Release Bicycle Handlebar Bag

The first bag in the review is one of my favourites. The reason I like it is that it fits neatly under your arm when your carrying it around. Secondly you have separate inner departments within the bag with zips. This allows you to put a spare inner tube in one pocket and a puncture repair kit in another. This is ideal for the cyclist as you pick the bag up knowing that everything is in the bag should you need it. How many times have you been out on your bike wishing you had an allen key or box spanner to tighten a part back up.

I was once in the Cairngorm mountains on a hired bike with a friend about 20 miles from anywhere when the handle bars came very loose on rugged ground. I didn't have any tools with me so could only tighten the screw finger tight. I wish I had taken my roll up bag with me which was back home in the garage!

The Banjo quick release bag is a tough rugged bag made from water resistant 600 denier polyester.

This bag made by Banjo attaches to the handlebars very easily with two straps. It is quick to put on and take off. The bag is ideal to carry your personal items and keep them safe. It is small enough not to interfere with any of the cables or bike operation. This bag can also be attached behind your seat should you choose to want to put it there.

Avenir Mini Metro Handlebar Bag
Avenir Mini Metro Handlebar Bag

Avenir Mini Metro Handlebar Bag

Avenir is made by Raleigh, the premier bicycle accessory line from the legendary Raleigh Bicycles.

This neat little bag has 91.5 cubic inches of space to keep all your bicycle spare parts in. I like this bag for its simplicity, a large compartment for your main items and a smaller zipped outer pocket, which is made from tough 420 denier ripstop nylon. This outer pocket is a great place to keep your mobile phone, purse or a credit card for those cyclists who like to stop and have a drink or lunch out somewhere en route.

The bag has some front reflective piping sewn in and the zipper pulls are also reflective. I see this bag as ideal present for your girl friend or wife who likes to carry a few personal items around with them.

Nathon Bento
Nathon Bento

Nathon Bento Box Bicycle Frame Feed Bag

A terrific looking bag made by Nathon which every young woman will want. Small enough for personal items, yet big enough to carry a spare inner tube or pump.

 The Nathan Bento Box bag provides secure storage for your valuables, while at the same time offering instant access to your personal items such as medication, a hair brush or makeup mirror.

The main compartment has a zip making items stored there safe. There is a small side pocket made from power stretch material which is useful to get instant access to any items you may need. This pocket is also useful to put a handkerchief or store trash. The side pocket has velcro to keep it closed.

One great advantage of this bag is that the attachment bindings are adjustable so you can fit this bag on to any sized tube. This makes the bag a lot more versatile than most. To finish the bag off there is some reflective detailing on the sides and front making you safer at night.

Axiom Adirondack Handlebar Bag
Axiom Adirondack Handlebar Bag

Axiom Adirondack Handlebar Bag

Axiom Adirondack Handlebar Bags

This is an excellent quite large bag, that is tough and rugged for every day use. It looks like a mountain bike bag but can easily be used on a touring bicycle. It has a good basic design that helps it to blend into any bike scheme.

If you ever open up a bag and it has a smell of plastic or a chemical smell do not worry about Axiom bags, they are all made from materials to stop this happening, which exceeds European standards. This bag is quite large, it is 10.5 inches wide x 8.25 inches high x 3.35 wide so there is ample storage space for all the bike spares and wrenches.

The Axiom is water resistant and made from 600D nylon and is complemented by a reflective trim. This is the only bag in the review which comes with its own carrying strap. It comes in Black with Silver lining.

Avenir Excursion Handlebar Bag
Avenir Excursion Handlebar Bag

Avenir Excursion QR Handlebar Bag

Avenir Excursion QR Handlebar Bag

Top quality waterproof bicycle handlebar bags made by Raleigh. Five star rating and great reviews make this bag an absolute winner.

Take along your bike gear without wearing a cumbersome backpack with the Avenir Excursion QR handlebar bag. The Excursion is made of tough 600-denier cordura, with a sturdy mounting system that attaches securely to your bike's handlebar. The large main compartment, meanwhile, holds everything from a bike pump to a picnic lunch. Other details include a 420-denier ripstop outer pocket, a top-mounted map pocket, front reflective piping, and reflective zipper pulls.


All the bags featured in this handlebar bag review are top quality and all have great features. My personal favorite is the Axiom Adirondack, but I can recommend all of these bags personally, they do exactly what there designed to do and will enhance any bike, and carry what you need to make your day more enjoyable.


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