It’s not the first bag designed for mounting on a bike’s handlebar. The Route Werks Handlebar Bag, however, is the first one to add a functional dashboard in front of your bicycle, giving you an easily-accessible flat surface for doing a variety of tasks.
Want a flat surface to set down drinks on when you make a quick stop after a few miles of riding? Yep, this will do the trick. How about a place to set down that burger-and-fries you picked up at the drive-thru? This can handle that, too. Basically, it adds a functional table surface that you can find useful in a whole load of ways, all while being a bag that can carry a good load of your stuff.
The Route Werks Handlebar Bag is shaped like a small bike basket, making it a natural fit in front of a bicycle, with a rigid lid that serves as a dashboard extension of your handlebars. Each side of the lid has 3mm bungee cords that you can use to strap down gear and supplies, such as a raincoat (in case you’re worried it might rain), a tool roll, or a bag of your favorite snacks. At the center of the lid is a circular mount that can integrate with K-Edge and Barfly adapters, allowing you to use it to hold your bike computer, GPS tracker, or mobile phone. That’s right, you don’t need to mount those things on the handlebar anymore, as you can just slap it at the top of the bag.
Need access to the contents of the bag? Not a problem, as the lid uses a spring-loaded latch that lets you quickly open it with one hand, making it easy to grab anything in the main compartment even when you’re on the move. Do note, you’ll need to install a mount to the handlebar to enable the quick attach-and-detach action. According to the outfit, this mount is designed for 31.8mm handlebars and can be adapted to smaller handlebars using shims.
The Route Werks Handlebar Bag mounts to the handlebar using a spring-loaded latch that lets it attach and detach with the flip of a lever, so you can take the bag along when you’re on foot while easily putting it back on the handlebars when you decide to get back on the road. There’s an integrated shoulder strap, by the way, that you can use to carry it like any regular bag. The bag, by the way, has a 3.2-liter capacity, with a maximum payload limit of 8.8 pounds, so you can carry a decent amount of stuff inside it.
Aside from the main compartment, the interior also comes with a zipper pouch on the inner lid, one large snap-closure pocket, and two small snap-closure pockets, while the exterior sports two side pockets with a hook-and-loop closure. Oh yeah, the lid is waterproof, so it will keep rain from getting in through the top during days you’re riding in inclement weather.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Route Werks Handlebar Bag. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $119.