Ladies love their purses – well, I certainly do. And while riding bikes might have limited your style statement in the past, those times are long gone. Join me on a journey of fabulous options that will turn your commute to work, your coffee ride, or your touring in an adventure where form meets function!
Part 2 of the series introduces you to an alternative that I discovered relatively late in the game: The Handlebar/Cockpit Bag. Read Part 1 on the Trunk Bag, Bent Basket and Pannier Set here!
Detours DayPass Handlebar Bag
I am surprised that it took me so long to think about handlebar bags. They are the easiest feature to keep your phone, wallet or camera accessible while riding – plus some of them, like the Detours DayPass, transform into mini-purses that are not only cute (a purse design with radishes??? Yes!) but super practical. In addition to their secure buckle straps for the handlebar, the DayPass comes with a detachable shoulder strap so you can carry the purse around when you’re done riding – it definitely has become my perfect companion for a coffee date with friends! It also comes with reflective details for more safety on your way back home.
Banjo Brothers Canvas Barrel Bag
The Banjo Brothers Canvas Barrel Bag mounts to saddle loops, saddle rails or handlebars and thus doubles up as a Handlebar bag and a seat bag. The bag provides enough space for all essentials, including a mini pump, multi tool, blinky lights and flat kit, and is my handlebar bag of choice for longer rides that take me out of the city. It also includes a leather tab for safety lights. I love the sturdy canvas design (it is lined with rigid plastic and has a light wooden bar for added strength), it just looks ready to go onto an adventure with you.
Topeak Smartphone Dry Bag
While no one should be on their phone while riding, having your phone readily available and visible can come in handy, especially during touring or adventure rides. The Topeak Dry Bag is going to be your best friend for this. The sonically welded seams make this foam body bag 100% waterproof. At the same time, the bag is touchscreen compatible, so you can use your smart phone while en route while keeping it safe from the elements. The design is well-thought through, it comes in different sizes to accommodate different phone models and even includes a little window for the camera on the back side. The bag comes with a RideCase mount which is easy to attach to the stem/handlebar and locks the quick clip on the bag into place.
Jasmin is a Moxie Cycling Ambassador and blog contributor. Check out her bio here!