Bike Handlebar Bags

Bike handlebar bags are one of those accessories that can be the perfect addition to any bike commuter or bike tourists collection.

Handlebar bags are also great for mountain bikers going out on the trails for a day, needing to carry some snacks, water bottles, an extra coat, or some bike tools.

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Bike Handlebar Bag being used on the MTB trails.

Over at, they’re carrying some of our favorite handlebar bags out there, and there are not a lot of places you can find these specialty bags.  When looking for handlebar bags, we’re typically looking for a few key components:

  • How the bag is attaching to your handlebars
  • The size of the bag — depending on your needs
  • The level of waterproofing or water resistance of the bag
  • and of course, the style!

Typically, we prefer a bag that is attaching at at least 3 points — usually 2 on the handlebars and one on the stem so that the bag doesn’t swing.  That can depend bag to bag, but that’s a good thing to look out for.

The attachment type can be important as well.  Is it easy to take on and off?  Is velcro being used to attach the bike bag to your bike handlebars, or is it something more complex like a metal or plastic system that you may need to install more permanently?

Here are a few of the ones that we’ve found will work really well for you:


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Ellum Bag Works Handlebar Bag


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Road Bike Handlebar Bag
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Bike Commuter Handlebar Bag

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These are some of our favorite handle bar bags.  Definitely check them out at and let us know what you think!

These handlebar bags will give you easy access to the items you need most frequently and easily during a ride.  Get. On. It!


The RBA Team


Burrito Supreme Handlebar Bag by Road Runner Bags

This is kind of a cool bag.  It’s not your regular old burrito bag, but a Burrito Supreme.

Top features of this bike handlebar bag:

  • Won’t Swing – 3 contact points means this bag won’t swing
  • Keeps it’s shape – hard plastic liner means this bag will keep it’s shape ad is easy to load and unload
  • Waterproof YKK Zipper – waterproof bag with an awesome waterproof zipper feature
  • Double the size – Double the size of the regular burrito bag, so you can fit more!

Here are a few photos for inspiration:

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Let us know what you think of this awesome bag in the comments!


The RBA Team

Find the best bike accessories and gear for bicycle touring!

Bicycle Touring Checklist

Find the best bike accessories and gear for bicycle touring!
The complete guide to bicycle touring.

Interested in bike touring? Checkout this great bicycle touring checklist from Bicycle Touring Pro.  This is a super comprehensive list, you’ll find everything from the bike accessories you’ll need mounted to your bike, camping gear, clothes, food and more!

Who knew how much you needed to prepare for a bike touring trip?  Have you ever taken a bike touring trip before?  If so, where did you go / how long was it? I’m very interested in preparing for a bicycle touring trip myself, would love to take one across the United States.

Here’s just the start of the list, all of the bike accessories, which we thought was pretty relevant 🙂


  • Front +/– Rear Rack & Panniers —and/or — Trailer
  • Handlebar Bag (+ mounting bracket)
  • Rain Covers and/or Plastic Bags (for non-waterproof panniers)
  • Trunk (Rack) Bag or PVC Dry Bag* (for rainy tours)
  • Seat bag / Frame Bag (good for storing tire repair kit)
  • Comfortable Saddle (personal choice—not racing seat!)
  • Handlebar Extensions w/ Paddled Grip Tape
  • Stem Riser / Adjustable Stem (may need if touring w/ mt. bike)
  • Water Bottles+Cages and/or Hydration Pack (i.e. Camelbak )
  • LCD Cycle Computer (w/ new or extra battery)
  • LED Flashing Tail Light
  • LED Head Light (or use camping headlamp)
  • Mirror (mounted on handlebar / helmet)
  • Air Horn / Bell (i.e. Delta AirZound)
  • Multi-mount (i.e. Topeak BarXtender / Minora SpaceGrip)
  • Front + Rear Fenders
  • Bungie Cords / Webbing Straps (2-3)
  • Bike Lock (key/combo cable is sufficient; U-Locks=heavy/overkill)
  • Reflectors (or reflective safety vest or reflective clothes)
  • Dog / Bear Pepper Spray (attach to bike frame)
  • Bike Mojo (i.e. mascot/trinket on bike)—don’t ride without one!

Some of these things I never would have even thought of bringing with me, like a dog / bear spray which attaches to your bike frame. Honestly, I didn’t even know something like that existed.  It’s amazing all of things that you can get to mount right to your bike, which allows you to keep all of the weight right on your bike.

Rain covers definitely feels like a very important one, which I think you can pick up at most REI stores or EMS.  One of the worst things that could happen on a bike tour is all of your things and documents getting soaked, and having nothing warm to sleep in after a long day. You definitely need a great rain coat too, but I think that’s in another part of the list.

Being more of a road cyclist and city cyclist, I know the great importance of lights, and that importance only increases when you may be on your bike for hours in the dark and on roads that are likely not build for bikes, with low visibility.

Be sure to take all of this into consideration when planning your bike tour, and definitely go checkout the full list!  That list is an awesome place to start planning your trip.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The RBA team!

Reductivist Ringtool

Best American Made Cycling Gear – Top 5

Bicycling Magazine just wrote a great article about American made cycling gear, which is something that we have a passion for here at The article goes over the top 10 American made cycling accessories for under $175.

Here are a few of our favorites from the list!

1. Road Runner Bike Tool Roll

A sweet american made cycling tool roll that we’ve written about before.

 Cycling tol roll

2. Aerotech Men’s Peloton Cycling Jersey

A great inexpensive jersey that is full featured with 3 rear pockets and a full zipper.

Cycling Jersey

3. Search and State S1-A Women’s Riding Jersey

Available in Black as well as white, this women’s jersey is made in New York, and you know we love that.

Women's Cycling Jersey

4. Dargelos Lightening Vest

The Dargelos reflective vest is quickly becoming a favorite.  This is a great accessory to keep you visible on any long ride or bike commute.

Dargelos Reflective Vest

5. Reductivist Ringtool

It doesn’t get much cooler than this.  Get rid of your multitool and keep all of your tool necessities on a key chain.

Reductivist Ringtool

These are such awesome accessories made in America and NYC that we just can’t get enough of.  Hope you enjoyed this article, and be sure to read the full list at Bicycling Mag!


The RBA Team

Top 10 States For Bicycling

The a Tech Times just wrote about the top states for bicycling in the United States and though it would be worth sharing. 

You can read the full article here, but here’s a preview of the top 10. 

1. Washington

2. Minnesota

3. Delaware

4. Massachusetts

5. Utah

6. Oregon

7. Colorado

8. California

9. Wisconsin

10. Maryland

These rankings are part of an annual review that the Bike Leauge does to review the bicycle friendliness of states based on various criteria. 

Where does your state fall in the list? 


The RBA team!

Bike Accessories: The Tool Roll

One of our all time favorite accessories is this awesome tool roll from Road Runner Bags. 

We call ourselves Road Bike Accessories for a reason, not just posting great photos from bike to work week, but also posting sweet things for your bike. 

This Photo is of a bike seat bag you can use to roll up all your necessary bike tools.  You can find this bag at 

How do you typically carry all of your things on a ride or during a race?  Do you use a seat bag, saddlebag or tool roll like this?

You can lock this up under your sadle and it won’t swing or shake in the ride, and it hooks up securely. This can be used by cyclists of all types.

Plus, it uses waterproof cordura fabric and nylon webbing to clip on strong.

During a week like this–bike to work week–this is just the type of thing you may need 🙂

Thanks for reading!

The RBA team

Bike To Work Month 2015

Bike To Work Month 2015

It’s pretty awesome to bike to work.  In fact, cycling to work is growing across the United States and the world, and cities are finally starting to learn that investing in cycling infrastructure is worth the time, effort, and money.  Even cities as busy as New York City are starting to get the point and pony up to build protect bike lanes, paint sharrows, get bike share programs, and more to encourage people to bike in the city.

Bike To Work Month 2015

There are many reasons to bike to work.  Just ask the League of American Bicyclists.  They’re all about bike month…or so I hear.  These are a few of the reasons we came up with to bike to work on bike to work day, week, month, and all year!

You may even be inspired to bike as much as this guy.

  • It’s good for your health
  • Keeps you in shape!
  • It’s fun -> skip the traffic!
  • It’s fast
  • Most trips are less than 2 miles from your house
  • It’s good for the environment
  • It’s an excuse to buy cool stuff for your bike!
  • It’s a social activity
  • You get some fresh air and vitamin D

Originally I’m from New York, but the last 2 years I’ve been in San Francisco, and in weather like this and in a city so accessible, there is no excuse!  You can get anywhere in the city by bike in 30 minutes, you don’t need a change of clothes, and you don’t need to sit on the MUNI or BART.  It’s awesome.

Let us know: why do you bike to work?  Or why are you thinking about it?

There are a lot of great reasons, so just pick one and go for it!


The RBA Team!