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Ostrich Handlebar Bag Review

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One way to tour lighter is to do without front panniers and low-rider racks and make use of a large handlebar bag. I’ve been using the big Japanese made Ostrich bag for six months now and love it. I purchased it online from Velo-Orange. I’ve used it on an extended two week tour in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a five day credit card tour along the coast, overnight camping trips and a few bike picnicking trips.

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Most handlebar bags today mount directly to the bar with some kind of plastic bracket. Not so with the Ostrich. Mine is sitting on a small Nitto rack from Rivendell Bicycle Works that probably weighs about the same as the plastic handlebar bracket that come with most bags. It is steadied with leather straps across the bars and around the back of the rack, a nylon strap underneath and I’ve also made bungee attachments close to the brake leavers. One option is to use a decaleur (a mounting bracket which attaches to your bikes’ stem). I found the leather straps work well with mine without the extra bracket. Having the bag sitting on a rack places the weight on the forks instead of the handlebar itself, so the effect on steering is minimal.

Features include a clear map pocket on the lid and two easily accessible pockets facing the rider and additional pockets on the front and sides The bag is not water proof, so keeping things in Ziploc baggies is a good idea. The bag also looks great and is made of a durable tough canvas. It is well built. It should last years. The leather tag sewn to the lid reads “Ostrich. The Big Bicycling. Excellent equipment of packs and carrying gear for all cyclists at heart”.

Did I mention it was manufactured in Japan?

Thanks for reading, Jack

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