For nearly a year now, Friedel’s been searching for a handlebar bag. There are many to choose from but for a long time, none of them seemed ‘just right’.
They were all too big, too expensive or too hard to open and close. It wasn’t until she saw this – the Vaude Road I Handlebar Bag – that she took the plunge.
Here are some of the features:
- Weighs 595 grams
- 5 liter capacity
- Klick-fix attachment (very sturdy)
- Includes a map case and rain cover
- Shoulder strap (removable)
- Reflective details
- Retails for €60 (about $80 U.S. dollars)
Inside the main compartment is a:
- primary storage space
- zipped pocket along one wall
- pocket with a velcro closure along the other wall.
The two side pockets are handy places to stash a passport or emergency cash. The whole compartment is padded with foam (behind the polyester liner), and this gives a bit of shock protection to whatever you put inside.
The main pocket is fairly spacious. Friedel typically carries a small camera, wallet, keys, sunglasses and a mobile phone inside. You could fit a small DSLR camera inside, though there wouldn’t be much room left over.
On top of the main compartment is another pocket. It’s perfect for a few papers, or a set of keys. On the front of the bag, you find another similar pocket, with more separated areas. These various pouches and slots make it easy to categorize and sort your stuff.
The bag isn’t waterproof but it does come with a rain cover. Even in fairly heavy rain (without using the rain cover) the inside stays fairly dry. It makes sense, of course, to put things like cameras and passports in a plastic bag, or remember to put the rain cover on at the first sign of a shower.
All in all, we really like this bag. It’s sturdily constructed, big enough to carry everything you need, and the zippers make it very easy to open and close – even while riding. Highly recommended.
*** Win A Vaude Road I Handlebar Bag! ***
Note: the contest is now closed. Click here to find out who the winner was.
For our wonderful readers, Vaude has agreed to give away a Road I Handlebar bag! It will be black with red trim, as you see in the picture below.
Want to win? Here’s what to do:
- Leave a comment below. Tell us why you’d love to win one of these bags.
- Tweet the following message about the contest: Win a Vaude Road I Handlebar bag from @travellingtwo and @VAUDE_nl http://bit.ly/winvaudebag
Good luck! You can enter twice: once by leaving a comment on this page, and once by Tweeting about the contest. We’ll pick a winner at random from the comments and tweets. The deadline for entries is 5pm (European time) on Sunday, December 4th, 2011. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 5th, 2011.
29th November 2011 at 7:54 am #
Interesting review. Great that the bag comes with padding – this is an optional extra on many others.
I would love to win this handlebar bag so that we have a handle-bar bag for my wife. I have an Ortlieb handlebar bag, which is great, but it would be great to try something different out.
29th November 2011 at 7:40 pm #
29th November 2011 at 8:23 am #
I’d dearly love to win a Vaude Road I handlebar bag so I would have a way to carry my needed items with me in safety, convenience, and security. What might those be? Why, the very things I currently carry in my jersey pockets…and have sometimes lost out of those same pockets. Things like my phone, some change for getting a soft drink at a store, an energy bar, a patch kit, my house keys. My jerseys are old, and now the pockets are beginning to tear at the corners. I’d love one of these before I lose something really valuable or needed along the way. The sturdy construction, those easy-open zippers, the rain cover here in the wet US Pacific Northwest would be ideal. Those separated areas, pouches, and slots would be perfect for the smaller things like a patch kit, some lip balm, or a pair of sunglasses in the lid-top compartment. I didn’t know Vaude made such a bag before your review, but now I’ve seen and read about it, I find it hard to imagine a better example. Just think…I wouldn’t get lost if I could carry a map in the case on top, and the reflective features would keep me safe on my evening commutes as the days grow shorter. I hope you’ll keep me in mind. Thanks for the opportunity! Harlan.
29th November 2011 at 8:46 am #
I have to agree with Rob wit it being an interesting review made me wish I had one for my bikecar as I would be constantly miss placing bits and bobs and when it rained my maps would get soaked along with my not so waterproof camera. Even nice little pockets to hold them handy business cards to promote the adventure 🙂
29th November 2011 at 8:50 am #
I would like to have this handlebar-bag because i used to have one like these but it got stolen when i left my bike for just a minute.i was really happy with this bag because the size is perfect,low weight and easy to open compared with some ortlieb bags with push buttons.
And also because i am leaving on 29 december for a solo bike trip from santiago de chile to ushuaia and i for the moment i still dont have one so it would be MORE than welcome 😉
29th November 2011 at 8:52 am #
I currently have an old beat up handlebar bag on my commuter bike. If I won the Vaude bag it would be put to good use immediately. I am in a money pinch in my cycling budget right now. If I won the new vaude, I would update you guys from time to time on how it is holding up to the mean streets of So Calif.
29th November 2011 at 9:02 am #
You’re already so dutch! Carrying a keyset wit the AH label :>
29th November 2011 at 9:06 am #
Amazing handlebag, great review!
I particularly like its size, it would be perfect for my needs and the extra padding would protect my favourite gadgets, especially my camera.
It also has the ideal size map holder- the right size for my favourite Ordonance Survey maps!
And what a great idea those mini-pockets are- no more loose keys,batteries, cards and bits and bobs flying around in a big compartment!
Looking forward to trying it out!
Many thanks for the opportunity!
29th November 2011 at 9:10 am #
I’d love to win this bag because I’m currently in the market for a handlebar bag. My mum and I are just getting into bike touring. We’re building up our bike touring inventory (panniers: check. tent: check. sleeping bags: check), but we have to make every dollar count. Winning this bag would mean one less expenditure, leaving us a few spare dollars to spend on something else (like a rack for my mum’s bike, or a camp stove).
I love reading your reviews. Keep them coming!
29th November 2011 at 9:13 am #
As a cycling coach and Bikeability instructor, I would love to not have to worry about which pocket my keys and things are in when I go out but have peace of mind knowing they are safely tucked away in the Vaude handlebar bag.
29th November 2011 at 9:18 am #
Since my wife and I are cycling through Africa to save rhinos, we would love to carry a rhino in our handle bar bag to show people in Africa what a rhino looks like … On second thought, maybe a rhino will be to heavy to carry around, but this handle bar bag will be just fine to carry Hendrik’s video camera safely over all the bumps and dongas. Currently, the video camera bag is clipped onto his saddle and take a lot of shots. Even a handle bar bag can contribute towards conservation awareness in Africa!!
29th November 2011 at 9:18 am #
Nice review, really helping me out in separating the wheat from the chaff.
Simply put, I wouldn’t mind having a Vaude handlebar bag sent my way because my current one is starting to give up after long service and it appears to fit my mounting bracket…
29th November 2011 at 9:25 am #
Getting ready for my first big tour this summer. I already have a set of rear panniers. Economic crisis in Greece has kept me from buying a handlebar bag. It wouldnt hurt me to have a nice bag for free,
29th November 2011 at 9:29 am #
great bag. it should be mine cause it is too difficult to find it in Turkey
29th November 2011 at 9:57 am #
I need this bag because with Vaude’s build quality I am sure that this bag will last much beyond the current economic crisis! Also, the clear cover on top can accommodate my Galaxy Tab, which I use as my cycling GPS along with MapMyRide! 🙂
29th November 2011 at 10:01 am #
I like free stuff so why not enter 🙂
29th November 2011 at 10:10 am #
I´d love to win the handlebar bag to take it to our France-Northern Spain trip this coming summer. Never tried a handlebar mounted bag before, but can see why it would be very useful to keep some things in a handy position so that you can access them while cycling. The economic crisis, being a student and London hefty prices do not help acquire touring gear!
29th November 2011 at 10:14 am #
Wanting to do an 18,000 km ride around Australia in 2012 and would love to be handling a Vaude handlebar bag, perfect place to have a good camera ready to use and a bottle of water ready to drink 🙂 🙂 Vaude normally have amazing quality and am sure it would not let me down 🙂
29th November 2011 at 10:15 am #
These bags look fantastic, far better than my present one which sheared off whilst popping down a hill at 40mph, and they look pretty swish too. I’m trying to plan a big cycle next year too, therefore I would love to win one!!
29th November 2011 at 10:15 am #
You can never have too many bags.I’m Friedel understands the logic.
29th November 2011 at 10:17 am #
That should have read “I’m sure Friedel understands the logic”
29th November 2011 at 10:18 am #
What an unobtrusive way to add more storage space when traveling. It looks easier to access than most other locations on a bicycle too.
It would help me in my plans to travel from the southernmost to the northernmost point of New York state this upcoming summer 2012!
29th November 2011 at 10:35 am #
I’d love to win the Vaude handlebar bag, as this was the one that I was going to buy after weeks of research. I totally agree with Friedl. This will be perfect for my daily commute and my proposed Mongolian Adventure.
29th November 2011 at 10:37 am #
Handy handlebar bag is essential for comfortable bike ride. Doesn’t matter if it is just a 5 minutes ride to the workplace or 235824896982 km arround the world.
I would really like to win one of these!
29th November 2011 at 10:39 am #
This bag seem sto have all the fixings other bags don’t have, like the reflective coating.
I’d like to win it, since it would be perfect size for my commute to work: backpacks make me sweat even in winter, and panniers are too big.
29th November 2011 at 10:47 am #
That looks like just the bag that Ulli has been looking for, she is always wanting to have an easy access bar bag when we are out on our wee cycle tours.
29th November 2011 at 10:55 am #
would love a free handle barbag as my dad has had his stolen along with his bike and panniers
29th November 2011 at 10:56 am #
Greetings from the Irish West,
A land of sun and rain.
Of mountains, rivers, hills and lakes,
Swans, gulls, egret and crane.
The Connemara coast I ride,
A route I really like,
A new Vaude Handlebar Bag,
Would suit my much-loved Peugeot bike.
With pockets for all necessities,
And everything at hand.
I’d be the happiest cyclist,
In the whole of Erin’s land.
29th November 2011 at 11:12 am #
I’m looking for this kind of bag:
1. There’s no such one like that here in our country.
2. I need something to put my camera where I can grab it easily.
This will be a big blessing for me on my first long ride (around 800KM) on December 20, since I don’t have any bag yet except for my backpack.
I’ve tweeted it already to increase my chances of winning 🙂
29th November 2011 at 11:18 am #
I simply need a functional, good performing, convenient, discreet bar bag to use cycling around the world next february!
29th November 2011 at 11:25 am #
I would love to win this handlebar bag so I don’t keep on loosing my keys. They often fell off my pocket 🙁 And I can put my wallet and mobile phone there 🙂
29th November 2011 at 11:34 am #
Looks like a good bag so it may be very useful on a tour.
29th November 2011 at 11:36 am #
I would absolutely love this bar bag! Cycled 3000km this summer and it would have saved me from many an energy dip having my snacks at easy reach!
29th November 2011 at 11:48 am #
Great review!!!!!! and of course it seems a very very good handlebar bag to come with me in my travels!!!! 😉
29th November 2011 at 11:53 am #
Hello Fearsome Twosome (due to be threesome)
I would love this bag, nay, I need this bag! Ever since I lost my job, wife, home from a personal disaster that I feel so traumatised by I unfortunately cannot even bring myself to relay it to you now. And that was 13 years ago!! All I have is my trusty bike, Ned. Ned has been a true friend in times of hardship and sorrow. The very few belongings I now own would most likely fit into the 5 litre, waterproof compartment with a wee bit of room for the odd scrap of food I come across on my journeys. I feel this bag would enable me to rise above my sad and sorry life and give me the will to go on an on and on and…
Well anyway I hope you consider this pathetic entry into this contest and if you indeed you can find a place in your hearts even consider helping me then that would make me very happy cycle bum.
29th November 2011 at 11:57 am #
I would love to win this handlebar bag so that I can compare to the ortlieb bag and if I like it I can buy another one for the other bike
29th November 2011 at 11:58 am #
I would love to win this handlebar bag so that I can compare to my ortlieb bag and if I like it I can buy another one for my other bags
29th November 2011 at 12:02 pm #
This is just what I need for my tandem, which I use to take my five year old to school, and the baby to nursery. When I have them both on the bike, there’s nowhere except the handlebars for a bag. And it would solve my need for a map case when out exploring too!
29th November 2011 at 12:15 pm #
Starting to plan a big tour for my 40th birthday and think this bag would be a nice addition to my ride.
29th November 2011 at 12:15 pm #
I need the bag because I am using a saddle_bag and haven’t taken the plunge to get one yet. If for some reason I couldn’t use it, my group would put it to use. Pants Richmond!
29th November 2011 at 12:36 pm #
I’d love to win this handlebar bag because I have never had one and although I’ve recently been researching loads into them I couldn’t decide on one so decided to plan to set off on my next tour of South America without one and see how it goes…now I’m almost certain that was the wrong decision but at the time it seemed better than spending lots on the wrong handlebar bag! I read and enjoy this website and I’m continuously inspired. I have taken up your advice on many things so it would be fantastic to use and enjoy Friedel’s handlebar bag of choice. Thank you for all your work supporting people like me to get up and go on a long bike tour : )
29th November 2011 at 12:53 pm #
I would love to win this bag because my husband and I have just moved to Spain from the states with our two dogs, and we are in the process of purchasing dog trailers for the touring bikes that we each built up from scratch. I had not considered a handlebar bag because so many are two bulky, but I really need a place to keep 1) dog leashes, 2) doggie clean-up bags (we are good citizens!), and 3) doggie treats (see entreaty below from Jordan, our hound dog, who asked to add her thoughts on the handlebar bag:
From Jordan: “I have been told that I will have to ride along behind my people in a small, boxy container. They have told me they will not take corners too sharp and that they will slow down for bumps. They have told me that there will be lots of treat stops and opportunities to check pee-mail. I am struggling to believe my people, but the one thing I know is that IF THERE IS NO BAG FOR MY TREATS, alas, there can be no treat stops. So, please, I do need treats (and so does my sister, Haley).”
29th November 2011 at 1:00 pm #
What a great bag! I just love the rain cover and map holder on top. It would be great for your camera, cell phone, GPS, snacks and wallet. I am from South Africa and we plan cycling southern France in 2012 and I don’t have a handlebar bag yet. This would be the best price ever!
29th November 2011 at 1:13 pm #
Im just starting to get into touring and Im working on getting all of the gear!
29th November 2011 at 1:24 pm #
Well, I wouldn’t mind winning this bag for the following reasons:-
1. It’s free and I love a bargain.
2. My old Karrimor bar-bag has got mould on it.
3. My bar-bag mount has snapped.
4. I’m leaving England in two weeks to go pedalling down to Spain with the loose intention of carrying on cycling from there to wherever, after a bit of work on a donkey sanctuary.
5. I like the colour.
6. It looks easier to close than the Ortlieb.
7. I like to win competitions.
29th November 2011 at 1:31 pm #
I’ve long hankered after one. At the end of my cycle ride round Wales in the summer I was in windy Bala, had a snack and chatted to 5 ladies. Then went outside as they watched me sort out my little things for ages which could handily have been stored in a handlebar bag. They were so watchful one came out and gave me a big hug.
29th November 2011 at 1:43 pm #
Our old handlebar bags are all worn out and I’ve been looking for a new brand for our upcoming Europe tour. This one looks great and I may buy it even if I don’t win it.
29th November 2011 at 1:52 pm #
This bag weighs 500gms so seems quite hefty! I don’t have a bar bag and am using a fanny pack as a barbag. This will be a nice replacement for that!
29th November 2011 at 2:03 pm #
It’s enough, I love Vaude
29th November 2011 at 2:36 pm #
Been looking for a handlebar bag for a while. This would work great!
29th November 2011 at 2:43 pm #
I love handlebar bags and have an Arkel, which is very good, but also heavy. I’d really like to have a second option when traveling.
29th November 2011 at 2:44 pm #
This would be a great place to put the camera, compass, binoculars and maps.
29th November 2011 at 2:53 pm #
I’d to win the bag, as getting one is long overdue for me. I would have gotten one long ago, if it weren’t for the cost of the things.
29th November 2011 at 3:06 pm #
Deb and I are doing an America By Bicycle ride across America’s Northern Tier next June; a little over 3600 miles from Oregon to New Hampshire. With 50 days on the road and an average of 80 miles per day, having a handlebar bag would sure make road life easier. We’d use it to carrying all the little necessities of daily biking, camera, TP, snacks, spare tire, lite rain gear?. We’d give the Vaude Road 1 a real road test and be happy to provide Vaude some detailed feedback.
29th November 2011 at 3:08 pm #
My touring bike is in England waiting for me to return from Australia to collect it and take it back to Europe for the next adventure. The handle bag is old fail and with no map case. I need a new one so I don’t get lost!
29th November 2011 at 3:09 pm #
Because nothing like it here in South Africa. Many bicycle shops but little or no touring stuff. And I desperately need one for my next trip to Angola.
29th November 2011 at 3:09 pm #
I started biking well over ten years ago now, after an explosion in the chemistry lab where I was doing my doctoral studies damaged my knee and I couldn’t run anymore for a while (I used to be an avid runner). I became addicted to biking fast. It took me another five years to have enough money to buy a decent road bike and ever since, I bike at least five days a week and my mouth still waters at the idea of a ride! In the last two months, I have started reading about long distance bike travelling, something I have never done. This is how I stumbled upon your blog and your book. Now, I am slowly also gathering the accessories for such a trip, so the handlebar bag would be my first handlebar bag toward this trip.
29th November 2011 at 3:18 pm #
Si gano esta bolsa de maillar, sera una buena oportunidad para usarla en la ruta de la carretera austral de Chile, que voy a recorrer en el proximo verano. He visto las que usan los cicloviajeros, pero yo no las puedo adquirir aca en mi pais.
29th November 2011 at 3:19 pm #
Looks like a great bag! I’m getting into bike touring and this looks like a good bag for throwing more important things in that you don’t want to leave on the bike to run into a shop. Better than shoving everything in your jersey and looking like the michelin man! I’d love to win one of these because I’m a student (aka BROKE) and quality parts are hard to come by.
29th November 2011 at 3:28 pm #
Love the Klick-fix connector!
29th November 2011 at 3:35 pm #
Hey, looks like an excellent and very practical piece of gear. Love the security features: place for keys, extra pockets to stash cash etc (always a problem when cycle-touring), and looks very good!
Why I’d LOVE to win? My wife is new to cycle touring and we’re going to head to Florida soon for two-week tour. We just brought her a new bike, panniers are on the way – and this would be a wonderfully amazing and fabulous addition! Cheers
29th November 2011 at 3:36 pm #
Hey, looks like an excellent, very practical and quality piece of gear. Love the security features: place for keys, extra pockets to stash cash etc (always a problem when cycle-touring), and looks very good!
Why I’d LOVE to win? My wife is new to cycle touring and we’re going to head to Florida soon for two-week tour. We just brought her a new bike, panniers are on the way – and this would be a wonderfully amazing and fabulous addition! Cheers
29th November 2011 at 3:41 pm #
I am preparing for my first unsupported tour in the Spring and am looking for a handlebar bag. This Vaude bag will go nicely with my new vaude panniers that I just got last week. My plan is to ride from Detroit to Washington DC for my first ‘big’ tour and know that this bag would come in very handy.
29th November 2011 at 3:45 pm #
I, like Friedel, have been searching for the right handlebar bag. In 1991-1992 I rode across the states with a Jandd bag and just retired it a year or so ago. Last September I took the train up to Washington and rode home down the coast to Florence. It was a blast. I’m now planning to do the rest of the state and into California next September. I think this bag would really be a nice addation and would work out nicely – AND it’s got a red stripe which matches my red Axium panniers. 🙂 Thanks!
29th November 2011 at 3:47 pm #
Hi Friedel and Andrew! 🙂
My name is Malen and I live in the Basque Country (North of Spain). I am 16 years old. This are the reasons I would like to have a Vaude Road I Handlebar Bag.
First of all, my father and I are making plans for the future. We have arranged that when I’ll finish the high school, we are going to set off around the world on our bycicles. Secondly, as this is a big challenge we are going to start practising little by little. On this Christmas, we are going to make a small trip in Spain.
It’s our dream, so this handlebar it’s going to be very usefil for us. Our intention is to spend very little money.
(Sorry if my English isn’t good, but that’s all I know)
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
~ John Lennon
29th November 2011 at 3:49 pm #
Been looking for a decent handlebar bag myself – winning one would be a bonus!
29th November 2011 at 4:05 pm #
The magic bicycle will look too cute sporting one of those on my way through Africa on my world adventure. I hear rhinos are afraid of the colors black and red. It’s the perfect piece of girly girl gear for guys too.
29th November 2011 at 4:10 pm #
I’d love to win one of these bags because my current bag hangs so low that my tire is burning a hole in it!
29th November 2011 at 4:13 pm #
I have been commuting on my bike for the last 2 years. I have recently built my own panniers and thankfully moved away from the backpack. To complete my set of necessary bags on my bike I would love to have a good handlebar bag.
Thanks for working with vendors to be able to review products like this and then pass the fun on to us.
29th November 2011 at 4:17 pm #
I’d really love to win one of these Vaude Road I bags for two reasons: It would be a great place to store a nappy or two for my 18 month old daughter when we corner too fast. And….
Well if Friedel & Andrew say it rocks…then…it must!
29th November 2011 at 4:38 pm #
I’ve just purchased my first real touring bicycle. I will be doing the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O next summer. I’ve always wanted a road bag for the quick odds and ends I find along my rides.
29th November 2011 at 4:41 pm #
Where I keep my camera, my maps, drugs, please tell me where? AHMM VAUDE handlebar bag …. Yesss!!
29th November 2011 at 4:43 pm #
I would love to win a handlebar bag. My current bag is a converted lowepro camera bag. It works in a pinch, but it would be so nice to have a bag that was actually made for the intended use.
29th November 2011 at 4:49 pm #
I managed to break a part on my wife’s handlebar bag while I was switching it to another bike. So ….. I need to find parts, or better yet win this one. Plus, she already has Vaude panniers so they would match.
29th November 2011 at 4:56 pm #
I have just collected my brand new Santos World traveller and the bar bag is just what I need.
29th November 2011 at 4:57 pm #
I would like to win this bag so I don’t have to buy it. 🙂
29th November 2011 at 5:13 pm #
I would be so excited to receive this so wonderful, comfortable and very useful for my bike-trips – Vaude Road I Handlebar Bag!!!!!!!!! Really need it for my one-day-trips and also for carrying my map during my dream-trip (on the Danube River) which I hope to happen in 2013. Have fun on 2 oo!!!
29th November 2011 at 5:17 pm #
I want it want it want it – this charmy bag of Vaude – just for my bike !!!!!!!! Cyclonautic greetings from Varna!
29th November 2011 at 5:49 pm #
Because my current Ostrich handlebar bag is many years of service in, frayed, stretched out, and a moment’s notice away from giving up the ghost completely!
29th November 2011 at 6:05 pm #
This summer, after 3,000 miles across Europe without a hitch, I arrived in Barcelona. The night before flying home, I was having dinner in Plaza las Ramblas, with my Ortlieb handlebar bag containing my passport and credit cards safely hanging from the table. After a brief distraction, I glanced back to where the bag was hanging, and it was gone! Glad my trip was over, because not having an easily detachable handlebar bag would have been terrible! The thing with the Ortlieb, though, is that it had no padding and no pockets. I use the Vaude Karakorum rear panniers daily on my Soma Saga and LOVE them, and get a lot of comments when I’m on the Phoenix light rail. I can’t wait to mount the Vaude Road I for my daily commute and my next tour down Baja this winter!
29th November 2011 at 6:19 pm #
I’ve tried various models in the quest for the perfect handlebar bag but not yet found one that ticks all the boxes. Perhaps this is what I’m looking for, it certainly sounds good.
29th November 2011 at 6:21 pm #
I’ve been looking for a handlebar bag for not quite a year but a long time. This looks like just the thing for my commuting, randonneuring, touring needs. Thanks for the review. I wasn’t familiar with this bag until now.
29th November 2011 at 6:24 pm #
I want to win this handlebar bag because it’s perfect for my handlebar bag needs and I’m too skint to buy one!
29th November 2011 at 6:29 pm #
I’ve just finished building up my touring bike after 5 months! I’m ready to get on the road but have no idea to begin the bag shopping process. There are just so many out there but thanks for the review! (My backpack is beginning to hurt my shoulders)
29th November 2011 at 6:30 pm #
My last handlebar bag has a hole nibbled in it by a mouse so that keys etc fall through unless they are in an inner bag. Be nice to have a bag without a hole!
29th November 2011 at 6:36 pm #
I need a new Handlebar bag because my Ortlieb handlebar bag has a hole in the bottom. I was carrying to much weigh in it (my 35 MM Camera and 300 MM lens among other things)On my last trip it slipped down and was rubbing on the front wheel. Now I have duct tape covering the hole so water will not get in. A new one would be nice.
29th November 2011 at 7:00 pm #
This looks like a great bag, but I’m so cheap that the only way I’ll ever have one (to replace the tiny cheap mapcase/bag I’m using) is if I win it. Thanks for letting me dream a little — I doubt you’ll want to ship it to the US!
29th November 2011 at 7:01 pm #
Have never had the funds for a handlebar bag,surprisingly very expensive things. To avoid losing all those small things a handlebar bag certainly would not go astray.
29th November 2011 at 7:07 pm #
We bike all over town and tour with our two boys, 3 years and 7 months, in the trailer and it would be really nice to have a handlebar bag to corral all the random supplies you need at a moment’s notice (diapers, wipes, cheese sticks, toys) not to mention all the necessities for the big people as well (keys, wallet, cheese sticks, toys). I think this bag would be perfect and a great way to save some tears when we’re all reaching our limit and need a bite of cheese quickly.
29th November 2011 at 7:11 pm #
Me and my friend toured from Liverpool to Switzerland and back last summer- we are only 18! It was a cracking experience, and we stealth camped every night.
However one of the biggest mistakes was no handle bar bags- having to open the rear panniers every time we wanted a phone or money was such a time waster. We went cycle touring to explore the great black forest in Germany, not to waste time!
For our next tour, to Russia, in the summer, we would love handlebar bags. Problem is, we are students, and are both completely broke (as all students should be XD) so to win one would be incredible luck for us.
Thankyou for reading!
29th November 2011 at 7:29 pm #
My wife is doing here first touring holiday this summer and I need to get her all the bags for a tour of NZ this would be perfect for her
29th November 2011 at 7:37 pm #
The Big Dummy has the carrying capacity of a pack mule, and its rough and ready looks make the ladies swoon. Admirable traits on their own but mix them together, toss in a few nuts, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster brownies. Here’s the scene: Rolling down the boulevard, smiling at the puppies and waving at the trees, I’m spotted by a gaggle of adoring fans. The admiring looks quickly build to a Beatles-esque frenzy and as the mob surges forward with lust-fueled madness, I start clicking through the gears, realizing too late that my specs, windbreaker and energy bars are stored back in the Xtracycle bags! With these keys to survival out of reach and death by a thousand smooches nipping at my heels, I weigh my options: Slide back off the saddle, one hand stretched behind me while the other tries to steer? Pray that I can shake my pursuers before the teary eyes, cold torso and waning energy bring me down? This handlebar bag is the key.
29th November 2011 at 8:22 pm #
Excellent looking bag. Using one of similar size at present, but the lid does not stay shut and when travelling over bumpy ground, items can fall out. So a bar bag which is superior in style and with more enclosed pockets would be on my wish list.
29th November 2011 at 9:06 pm #
I have an old beat up bag now and would like to win this for an upcoming Coast 2 Coast trip I will be taking in March of next year.
29th November 2011 at 9:11 pm #
I would love to win this bag, and would use it on our planned Japan tour next spring! I currently have a Detours Shuttle bag (3.3 liters), but it showing its age and isn’t quite big enough for my needs. This Vaude one is very similar to my Detours one, only bigger at 5 liters …which would be perfect. In particular,the bigger map pocket would be much more functional.The d Detours one is only good for a new notes /tickets/cue sheets, but it doesn’t really fit a map!
29th November 2011 at 9:17 pm #
I have been looking for one of these for a while now but never seemed to find one that really grabbed me. This one does seem just the ticket.
29th November 2011 at 9:46 pm #
Winning Vaude’s Road I Handlebar Bag will be a huge help for our RTW trip beginning next March.
We’ll be the first brazilian couple to do it so.
Plus, there’s the economic factor. One dollar equals almost two Reais so it’s a lot of money!
29th November 2011 at 9:51 pm #
I’m going to cycle the Andes in Chili and Argentina end of december and such a bag would be complete my equipment. Looks great!
29th November 2011 at 9:59 pm #
Like yourself Freidel I have been looking for a long time for a good functional bag but none seem to tick all the boxes until now. Well done this bag looks great and very functional. I would really love to win this bag to complete my touring set up. Thank you Friedel for researching and Vaude for a great product.
29th November 2011 at 10:05 pm #
Would be a very welcome improvement from the swinging carrier bag I have to use at the moment!
Oh well….here’s hoping.
29th November 2011 at 10:22 pm #
This looks like a pretty useful sort of handlebar bag, and a big improvement on my old one. Summer starts tomorrow, so wouldnt that be great timing.
29th November 2011 at 10:26 pm #
This bag would go well on my Surly LHT which I intend to use to ride self supported from Adelaide to Darwin next year to arrive in Darwin for my 70th Birthday.
29th November 2011 at 10:27 pm #
As a year round commuter in Maine, I sure would like to test it out and see how it does for my all 4 seasons commute.I would like something good and secure with padding to protect my 35 mm Digital SLR camera.
30th November 2011 at 12:32 am #
I currently have an Ortlieb classic handlebar bag which is about 6 years old. I’ve never been fond of it particularly because the strap on the sides always comes undone. I like the looks of this Vaude Road bag as it seems to be more compact on the bars and doesn’t appear to drag down on the handlebar like the Ortlieb thereby creating a bounce effect during riding. Please let me win one for my upcoming trip the end of next month through Asia for 5 months!
30th November 2011 at 1:49 am #
In an effort to increase bike travel for both commuting and adventure, I would love to add the Vaude bag to my bike set up! I have never had a handlebar bag, and feel that this model will be an excellent option to put a few pieces of essential gear at my fingertips. I appreciate the light weight, and simple design. Thanks so much for the wonderful review!
30th November 2011 at 2:11 am #
Wow!! I just love your blog and all the generous giveaways you have for all of us adventurous touring cyclist’s!!
This bag looks perfect. The reviews were inticing and I’d love to attach it on my vintage 1981 Motobecane Grand Touring. Presently, I don’t have a handlebar bag. My husband and I share space in his Ortlieb bag. I’ve already put my Cannondale 1985 bag to rest. So a new bag would be a big help for commuting and touring. Thanks!!
30th November 2011 at 2:44 am #
It would be nice not having to dig through my panniers trying to find a snack and it would be nice not having to carry my camera in my back pocket.
30th November 2011 at 3:39 am #
Love the looks of it, it seems super practical, thanks for the tip!
30th November 2011 at 3:55 am #
The handlebar bag is the last one I need before I do my first long tour. I’ll be trying the transamerica trail next year!
30th November 2011 at 7:32 am #
I want to win this Vaude handle bar bag because it has a very nice and practical design that fits the needs of epic riders like me here in the Philippines. I know this will be very useful for my trips and because this kind of bag is not locally available it will really be something great if i win one. Having a bag like this will just inspire me more to go places on my bike.
30th November 2011 at 9:43 am #
Looks like a great bag. Just starting to get into the cycling gig thing after many years and am putting my wish list of gear together. A handlebar bag is up there and it would be good to win this one that has taken a year to find and get good reviews on.
30th November 2011 at 10:46 am #
Easy opening and closing, this is what I’ve always dreamed of a handlebar bag and never found! That’s why I would love to win this one 🙂
30th November 2011 at 11:38 am #
Hi guys, than you for this review/competition as well as so much of the other helpful information you’ve written about!
When I graduate from University in June next year I will be joining my boyfriend Gregor on his first ever big bike tour around Europe. It will be the first tour I’ve done too and winning a bar bag would help greatly as I’ve already got so much else to buy! We’re both really excited about it and this Christmas all presents (from our families also!) are to be touring/camping related! 🙂
30th November 2011 at 11:38 am #
I do long, 100+ miles, solo rides. I like to carry my own snacks. This handle bar bag looks like a great way to keep snacks and some rain gear handy. I can move my head light to the front fork and have a nice setup.
30th November 2011 at 1:39 pm #
30th November 2011 at 3:07 pm #
That’s a great looking bag. Seems like the right size — not too big or too small. I’ve been looking for something like this to carry by camera, phone and a snack in. I ride so many beautiful places and want to take pictures but my phone is usually jammed into my underseat bag or if I have the camera with me, it’s in a pannier. I don’t wear jerseys.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this bag is red and black and that just happens to be the color scheme of my most-loved Trek! 🙂
30th November 2011 at 7:14 pm #
Nice bag that’s not too big and not too small. The padding will definitely help with all the jostling that happens when riding on rough roads. Perfect place for the camera and the basic daily essentials on a bike tour, so the small stuff doesn’t get lost in the panniers.
30th November 2011 at 7:24 pm #
We would love to win one of these bags as we are planning a biking trip next year for 4 months and one of these bags is exactly what we will be needing.
30th November 2011 at 9:01 pm #
Getting the right gear together for your first bike tour can be a challenge. I’ve been riding bikes for ever and I’ve got the mechanical knowledge. I’ve got all the gear for mtb riding but not bike touring. Winning this bar bag would help hugely in getting gear together. Plus, it would save me researching bar bags (for the nth time) trying to decide which one to get!
Thanks to Andrew & Friedel for their effort in the website and book. They are both invaluable to me while I’m planning my first tour.
30th November 2011 at 10:52 pm #
Great review as usual! I really like how it seems to be super easy to access compared to other bags, and the map case is always a big plus! Oh and let’s face it…this handlebar bag would be a great addition to the LHT being built right now in my basement 😉 Thanks for giving us the chance to get our hands on another great touring product! Keep up the good work!
30th November 2011 at 10:53 pm #
I’ve just ridden from Minnesota to Oregon and am taking a rest in San Diego before heading off to explore the southwest. My handlebar bag is smelly, worn out, and the plastic mountings are warped. It’s pretty bad – but most big cheap ugly bags won’t fit my trekking bars. I’d love to buy one of the cool ones made by Ortlieb or Vaude, but it’s way out of my price range.
Thanks all the gear reviews and info, guys 🙂
1st December 2011 at 1:01 am #
It appears to be avery solid bag with excellent handle bar fixtures. After buying a handle bar bag in Amsterdam for E40, the inside rails broke after having bounced along the North Sea route in Denmark during June. The retailer told me that such a bag should be on a bike that only goes on bitumen, so no refund. Incidentally, it was a very cold, wet, windy June in Denmark, and the weather in Skagen was, let us say, brisk. The July period in Holland was the wettest for more than 80 years, not good for cycle touring. Overall, it was nice break from Australia, but also great to return at the end of July.
1st December 2011 at 3:34 am #
It reminds me of the bag I bought for my kayak and about the same price as well. Maybe I could put my socks in it, Love to both of you—-Alan/Carol/Maggie
1st December 2011 at 3:50 am #
It would be great to have a place to store a rain jacket and a camera. It’s hard to get to a camera when touring and a nice shot appears. wildlife tends to be skiddish and getting to a camera would be nice.
1st December 2011 at 4:33 am #
why would I love to win one of these bags?.For me is as simple as I have not a handlebar bag and that one looks really cute and sturdy.
1st December 2011 at 10:59 am #
I am riding for more than three years now without a handlebarbag. For the storage you get, they are all too much expensive. And the Ortlieb one is too bad for it
Let’s take this chance to get one.
1st December 2011 at 6:36 pm #
Thanks guys, you are a wealth of information. My wife and I have just finished a wet portion of our South East Asian bike trip riding from Laos to Vietnam and have arrived soaked to the bone from a pounding rain. Our map did not survive as we had to use it frequently trying to navigate Hanoi suburbs. We would love a handle bar bag like that to keep our map visible and dry!
Keep on spinning
Patrick and Cayleigh Off2greatplace.wordpress.com
1st December 2011 at 7:24 pm #
I’ve been on a couple trips now (Iceland and Quebec) but I don’t have a handlebar bag yet! The vaude one looks great and would definitely be the perfect place to store my chocolate and other snacks to keep me going on the road! Thanks again for keeping the website going!
1st December 2011 at 8:20 pm #
I would be very happy to be the lucky winner of the bag. I am 64 yrs old and bike ride with the 2 grandsons. This would hold all that we need to have with us. I am retired early due to companies going offshore and can not afford the price of a bag like this.
2nd December 2011 at 10:16 am #
I really need a quality hadlebar bag to carry my camera and other valuable earthly possessions when I go touring!
2nd December 2011 at 1:28 pm #
Hi thanks for a great review.It will certainly help when I decide to buy one
2nd December 2011 at 1:39 pm #
Really sorry to read of your misfortune.Sadly though not surprised as Barcelona is the only place where the wife and I have been where we have had our rucksacks opened whilst getting off a train. Thankfully they did not get anything because they were empty.
2nd December 2011 at 9:42 pm #
I need a handlebar bag because i havent got one and to have one would be the start of a beautiful friendship
3rd December 2011 at 2:36 am #
I’d love to have a padded handlebar bag for my camera on photography outings.
Thanks Friedel and Andrew for a great site!
3rd December 2011 at 8:17 am #
I really really need a new good handlebar bag to give to my girlfriend for our rides and this looks perfect. It even suits her bike’s colors!
3rd December 2011 at 1:23 pm #
I never had a handlebag before, that why I should have that VAUDE 🙂
It could be great for sunglasses, phone, food and things like that.
3rd December 2011 at 3:06 pm #
My handlebarbag is very full and gets more and more
holes now after more than three years of cycling in
asia – I really need a new one and would like to try
VAUDE this time!
3rd December 2011 at 3:44 pm #
You have some beautiful photos on your travel journal page!
3rd December 2011 at 9:15 pm #
Great review! I would love to have this for cyc4lib (cycling for libraries) 2012 when we tackle the Baltic countries.
3rd December 2011 at 9:20 pm #
having just oficially booked our flights for our Bordeaux to Santiago de Compostela trip this summer, now is definitely the time to start acquiring gear for it! Would be so useful to have a handlebar bag for the essentials.
6th December 2011 at 4:13 pm #
Hi everybody Today I’m very happy after I ‘m look for photo because it was very Wonderfull every photos, if I can to do as every body i’m to do. But now i’m study, if i have a big holiday i ‘m going to travel all over the world by bike.
6th December 2011 at 4:19 pm #
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6th December 2011 at 10:05 pm #
Cool bag, would love to have one. Love your blog! thx.
8th December 2011 at 11:12 am #
Because I dont have one and I would really like one
15th July 2012 at 5:23 am #
Does this particular bag need large (or wide) handle bars to latch onto? I was thinking of getting it for my Know-ped, which don’t really have very wide handlebars.
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