5 Best Handlebar Bags for 2022

Simple handlebar bag. It’s a great package for your bike, designed with all your bike needs in mind, such as being able to unlock it while you’re riding, or access to a subway card or key. While a good person can’t change your life, it can save you from coming up with a sweaty back after pedaling through town to the office, party, or office party. And maybe appear less sweaty to that party will change your life. After spending nearly 20 hours interviewing cycling professionals and researching handlebar bags online, we picked 14 bags, put them on our bikes, and started riding. And now we’re sure Road Runner Bags California Burrito is the best choice for anyone looking to switch up their itinerary.

our choice

California burrito runner road bags

Roomy without taking up a lot of real estate on your handlebar, this nylon Cordura bag is simple, easy to use and capable of carrying all the essentials.

Road Runner Bags California Burrito is simply designed in an efficient, elegant and durable manner all in one. This 3.3-liter tube-shaped bag (about the size of a six-pack) fits all the essentials you could need for a day on your bike: wallet, phone, keys, some tools, snacks, and a light jacket. This is the largest bag the Road Runner has ever made—yes, you can have a smaller bag, but having the extra space is convenient. The nylon straps can be moved to fit the width of your strap, and this simple and unique feature makes this bag stand out from other bags we tested. It has a single zipper that makes it easy to run on your bike and side pockets for small items you might want to get to quickly. Made of durable Cordura nylon, it comes in six fun colors to match your bike. The California Burrito easily converts into a shoulder bag with the Road Runner Universal Shoulder Strap (sold separately).

budget selection

Screw chrome handlebar bag

Sleek, low-profile, and more water-resistant than our top picks, this PU-coated polyester handlebar bag is just the right size to fit you in all day. Handlebar mounting system could be better.

The Chrome Helix Handlebar Bag is stylish enough to bring with you anywhere, but in our tests we found that its Velcro strap attachment system didn’t work quite as well on our bike as it does on our top pick. While some people might dismiss the $65 bag as a “budget choice,” we’ve decided that the $50 to $60 range is the least one can expect to spend on the bag and still durable enough not to bounce on the handlebars. This 3 liter rectangular bag is the size of two take out containers (classic white foldable box type). It’s easy to reach items while riding your bike because the cover opens towards you; While this feature is not unique, it is not common to all steering wheel bags. Helix does not have any external pockets but has internal mesh pockets. It’s made of heavy-duty, water-resistant polyurethane-coated polyester that’s tough enough to hold its shape even when empty. The stowable sling strap of this bag makes it carry well on the bike as well.

choice upgrade

Swift Industries Catalyst Package

Manufactured from recycled laminated nylon glider material, the Catalyst is a heavy-duty, high-capacity bag that also works on and off the bike.

The Swift Industries Catalyst Pack is the only bag that looks like a bike messenger bag but still functions as a handlebar bag on the bike. Rectangular in shape, it has a top flap that is clipped down over the front of the package, as well as an interior zip closure, much like the shoulder bag you’d see someone wear. This is an expensive bag, but unmatched in thoughtful features for commuting by bike. It’s made of durable, water-resistant Ecopak EPLX400 fabric, a recycled nylon material originally designed for sailing. This bag’s bigger sister, the Zeitgeist Pack, is popular in cycling circles and is known to last several thousand miles. A slightly smaller spur is the perfect size for commuting by bike, though. Featuring a 6-liter capacity, this bag is large enough to fit a Yorkshire terrier or other small breed of dog – in fact, this is the only bag we tested that felt sturdy enough to hold a furry friend on a handlebar. We were able to fit a full 3-liter can of wine into this bag, along with a warm jacket, snacks, tools, and a book. Although the catalyst is quite large, it is small enough to fit pretty much any set of handlebars and surprisingly lightweight. The expandable hood works great for quickly stuffing a jacket down while riding, too.

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Ortlieb Ultimate Six Urban

This high-tech quick release bag is made of fully waterproof Cordura nylon that is covered in PU and provides easy access on the bike.

The Ortlieb Ultimate Six Urban Handlebar Bag looks like a surprisingly modern lunch box, but this lunch box is handy while you’re riding your bike, and the 5-liter capacity can hold a lot. We easily fit six packs of cans into this bag, with room for a few sandwiches to complete the picnic. The flap uses a magnetic closure and opens away from the rider, so it doesn’t sit between you and the rider-facing bag opening; As a result, you can open the cover with one hand while riding your bike and digging around inside. (This was the only bag we felt confident enough to do.) It also has a clear touchscreen-compatible pocket on top of the cover so you can view your phone at all times—handy if you use your phone for maps. Note, however, that you must purchase this bag mounting system separately.

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Rafa Bar Bag

This small PU coated polyester bag can keep you light while carrying the essentials.

The Rapha Bar Bag is a well made low capacity bag. Everything about this bag screams excellent craftsmanship – from the clean construction evident upon close inspection of the interior lining to the way the straps are attached to the exterior of the bag. The rigid polyurethane-coated nylon material prevents sagging on the bars, which is not uncommon on smaller handlebar bags. The main compartment is still especially accessible while the bag is on the bike thanks to the zippers that are easier to operate than any bag we tested. It has two interior mesh pockets for small items as well as a second exterior zip pocket for anything you want to keep separate while riding. This bag is just big enough to fit the essentials—a light jacket, multiple tools, a tube, and a rod or two—so it’s better suited for recreational riding or commuting in fair weather.

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