Handlebar Bag

Ortlieb Ultimate Classic 5 Handlebar BagOrtlieb Classic 5
£59.40 from Wiggle.co.uk

Just like the Ortlieb Packer Plus panniers, I couldn’t believe how good these were – incredibly waterproof, and still practical to use.
Although on the large size, I bought the standard sized bar bag to carry my digital SLR in, which fit snuggly using the optional inserts that you can get. Although I was concerned given the amount of rain on the first day of use in Japan, I never once had issues with moisture getting into the bag.
The great thing about this, is that they can easily be unclipped and carried around; with my wallet, passport and camera in the bag, this was the only thing I needed to unclip each and every time I stopped for a rest stop…

Now, cycling around the world, I almost wish I had bought the Classic 5 Plus – same bag, but with an extra little pocket on the side. Nonetheless, this bag can still fit inside it my valuables, including wallet, passport, SLR with zoom lens, mini tripod, spare battery pack, cycling glasses and mp3 player.
The Ortlieb map case fastens on nicely to this, in which you can fit maps, GPS, mobile phone etc. Annoyingly Ortlieb do a few map cases, and not all of them attach onto handlebar bags which is confusing.

The only issue I’ve had with this handlebar bag is after about 10 weeks, one of the poppers closing the bag came off. I could still shut the bag with the other popper, but obviously this was pretty annoying (considering use of the popper could hardly be considered anything other than normal use….).
Fortunately I was once again able to send back the back, and within a couple of weeks had a brand new replacement. Once again, amazing service and true to their warranty.

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Pros:
Waterproof
Practical
Very high quality
Good value for money
Convenient carrying strap

Cons:
Strap could be a little longer
Gives you a reason to carry heavier things…

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