Randonneur Handlebar Bag
While the Randonneur Handlebar Bag may look like a traditional bag, it is constructed with modern materials and designs that coalesce into a smart and functional vegan-friendly bag for touring, randonneuring, and commuting. Entirely designed and manufactured in the USA as part of a collaborative effort between Velo Orange and Road Runner Bags of Los Angeles.
The outermost fabric is extremely durable and water resistant Cordura. The safety-orange inside material is a waterproof truck tarp liner (the same material that trucking companies use to protect cars during transit). A bright interior allows for easy rummaging even in the most dimly-lit environments.
Molle straps adorn the side and rear faces of the bag, allowing you to attach smaller accessory bags as desired. This modular design enables you to build the randonneur bag that best fits your needs. Our current accessory offerings include a Snapper Sack (for compact cameras and SLR lenses) and Cell Phone Pocket (fits virtually all smartphones). Both sold separately.
The gusseted top flap features a clear map case for your queue sheet, control card, snacks, keys, wallet, etc. A waterproof zipper keeps it all secure and allows quick access even while riding. The front pocket is also gusseted to easily expand for stuffing and over-stuffing.
The underside has additional molle straps for the included buckle or toe-strap to secure your bag to your rack. Encouraged over rough terrain.
While the bag can work with any front rack with an appropriate decaleur (or straps for the handlebar), it is designed to work best with our Randonneur and Campeur Front Racks. The rear of the bag features grommeted holes that line up perfectly with our bag mount and allow the bag to sit securely on the rack platform. When using our integrated decaleur racks, there is no need to drill or punch holes in your bag.
- Height: 22cm
- Width: 27cm
- Depth: 19.5cm
- Weight: ~736g
- Maximum Capacity: ~8.5L of pinto beans
- Includes carry strap
I used this for commuting and obernighter trips and found it has lots of room for most needs. More room then expected for groceries and lunch/cloths when commuting yet with accessory loops on the outside it can be customized with additional snack and bottle pockets for short tours. The top pouch was great for my solar pack, phone and small items I wanted to keep close yet not get wet if I was in the rain. This helped keep my shorts pockets empty while commuting yet I knew where all my bits were.
Due to running a longer stem on my bike I find the bag kinda sat under my stem yet that was due to rack placement so think that kne out if you can ;)
I searched all the usual sites and then some looking for just the right front rack bag. I’m using a Rawland demi porteur rack which has a quirky footprint and I hadn’t found a good fit for it yet. On a previous bike I had an Acorn bag which I like a lot, but their availability is spotty (none in stock now).
So I took a chance on this bag. And I was pleasantly surprised. The unique way the top folds closed prevents the biggest gripe I’ve had with rando bags- the flaps on either side need to be held in place with an elastic string and they don’t work well. Also the use of a water resistant zipper fit the map window sure beats a Velcro closure. And they put grommets in where the decaleur attaches - genius!
The most surprising thing to me is that I really like the fabrics used. The truck tarp interior makes for great visibility of whatever you put in there and it’s waterproof (well, haven’t tested that yet). The use of Cordura on the outside put me off at first; I really like waxed canvas. But it looks good (I got the coyote color) and should last a long time.
The only downside I can see is the lack of pockets on the rider side. But I think that’s more about my preconceived notion that a proper back should have them rather than any practical need. In all the years I had bags with those pockets I don’t think I ever tried to retrieve anything from them while riding. And if you need to stop anyway it’s no more trouble to open it right up.
All in all I don’t think you can get a similar style bag of this quality for anywhere near the price. So value-wise you can’t beat it.