Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag

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Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag
The Elite Handlebar Bag is perfect for those cross country treks that require you to bring along more than the bare necessities.
  • Constructed from water resistant 400 Denier nylon material, this bag is tough and designed to be easily taken on and off the bike, due to the rugged quick release mechanism that mounts to the handlebar
  • Pockets include large front pocket for camera, cell phone, wallet, etc and side mesh pockets with cinch strap to secure any loose items
  • The upper panel compartment is large enough to store maps and books with a clear map pocket on top so you keep track of where you are
  • Large main compartment is padded and all zippers are waterproof
Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag
  • CARGO CAPACITY 420 cubic inches
  • CARGO VOLUME 420 cubic inches
  • WEIGHT
  • DIMENSIONS 9.5 x 10 x 8"
  • NUMBER OF POCKETS 4
  • MATERIAL 400D Nylon
  • Rating 2.5

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Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag
 
2.7

(based on 13 reviews)

45%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of storage (9)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

  • Unstable (3)
  • Wears easily (3)

Best Uses

  • City bikes (7)
  • Commuting (7)
  • Road bikes (5)
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3.0

Beware the Zippers

By Dave the Biker

from Madison, Wis

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

        The zippers are a nightmare - tiny teeth and tight corners. Oiling them made only a modest improvement. Don't buy this bag unless you want something cheap and have a powerful wrist.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        I bought this bag and put it on my bike.

        By Nicknames are stupid.

        from Earth

        About Me Just a guy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy on and off

        Cons

        • Attachment big

        Best Uses

        • City Bikes
        • Commuting
        • Road Bikes

        Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

        It's a handlebar bag so you put stuff you want to get to while riding in it. The plastic attachement hardware is huge and is always on the bike. Looks a little dorky without the bag.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Four years old and still works

        By that guy

        from arkansas

        About Me Avid Traveler

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lots of Storage
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Unstable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

          This is not a bag for a person who wants everything and wants it perfect and now. This is a bag that will serve an adaptable person capable of dealing with adversity and possessed of some problem solving skills.

          The map case will flap in the wind, but will fit under the strap if you bend it a bit. I have used it quite a bit.
          The zipper is stiff, I always leave it open on the front while riding so I can reach in anyway. only time I ever close it is on a train or off the bike walking around. it works fine with both hands, just not one handed while riding.
          Its not water proof, but will survive a light rain for a good long time.
          the release mech works ok. I did have to put washers over the softer plastic, but that was fine. This bag comes off the bike all the time going into stores, sight seeing, ect.
          After a couple years the bag started to sway a bit( I put way, way to much weight in it) so I unzipped the lining, drilled out the top two rivets holding the quick release plate on, and added an aluminium bar that wrapped around the two corners and riveted it to the stiffener at several points, reattaching the plate with new rivets. Its very stable now. I often ride with a lot of fruit and drinks stuffed into this bag. I would say that I have had over twenty pounds in it after adding the brace, ten pounds before.
          All bikes handle differently. I ride older steel touring bikes. I hit forty mph downhill with no shimmy from this bag. the hieght of the mounting system does not effect my handling at all beyond what you can expect from adding a bit of weight to the front steerer. A bike with racing type geometry should not have a big bag of any sort up front.

          I would recomend this to a friend that I knew to be able to deal with improving a basicaly good platform with some issues. Not to the average plug and play type of out of the box rider. When i bought it it was with the understanding that it was cheap, and I planned on replacing it when it broke. but I really like the features enough to keep fixing it.

          My zippers work ok still, if anyone else got a lemon that sucks.

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not a good choice for touring

          By The Tourist

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Avid Traveler, Student, Touring Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lots of Storage

          Cons

          • Bad Zippers
          • Bulky
          • Wears Easily

          Best Uses

          • City Bikes
          • Commuting

          Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

          I used this bag for a 4580 mile cross country ride this summer, and well the bag made it across, just not as a fully functioning unit. The biggest issue is that it is by no means waterproof, it sucks the water in and has no good options to fit a plastic bag as a cover. Another issue is the zippers, which several people have commented on, the zipper on the main compartment stopped working correctly about 10 days after I was on the trip, they completely failed about 50 days into the trip.

          Another issue was the storage, you have a ton of it but if you over load it (more than 6 lbs) the bag becomes cumbersome and makes steering interesting.

          There were some nice features, the map holder was helpful, the side mesh pockets can hold important items, (dog spray, suntan lotion etc.), the front pocket is good for tools or lube, and the top holds a phone, camera and wallet well.

          Overall I would not spend the money to get this bag, buy something that will hold up for the long haul.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Quality with some caveats

          By Biking Fool

          from New Bern, NC

          About Me Avid Traveler

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lots of Storage

          Cons

          • Mounting Bracket

          Best Uses

          • City Bikes
          • Commuting
          • Road Bikes

          Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

          This is a nice quality bag. As noted in other reviews, the zippers were initially stiff, but in my case they loosened up after just a few rides. There is quite a bit of room and I like that the interior is padded with material that accepts hook and loop material. This makes it easy to organize and secure loose items. I am less enamored of the map case. It is securely fastened at the side facing the rider, but is loose on the side facing the wind. There is a strap to secure it(I guess) but it is too tight to fit the case. I had some problems with the attachment system. I ride a recumbent with fairly narrow bars. I had a great deal of difficulty making the clamp tight enough. I ended up tightening it until the screws went through the nylon clamp. I ended up shimming the handlebars with a bit of rubber, and adding metal washers to the bolts. Although it was a pain to attach, the handlebar bag is surprisingly stable, and it is easy to attach and detach. The bag sits very high. This takes a bit of getting used to, but is not terrible. It is much more problematic on my recumbent than it would be on a road or mountain bike. All in all, this is a good bag for the money.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          bad

          By targetpro

          from Palo Alto, CA

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lots of Storage

          Cons

          • Poor Quality
          • Unstable
          • Wears Easily

          Best Uses

          • Commuting

          Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

          The design has the right idea, but poor implementation results in a bag with zippers that too stiff to be functional. Additionally, the mounting bracket does not fit a standard road bike handlebar, and the zip pulls quickly become tethered (or tattered). Not worth it. If this design can be re-worked, it has potential.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          3.0

          Value + cons you can deal with = Nashbar

          By Rainking63

          from Old Lyme, CT

          About Me Avid Traveler

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lots of Storage
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Bikes

          Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

          Yes, the zipper is stiff, as stated by a previous reviewer. This is due to Nashbar's attempt at making the zipper seams "sealed" and "waterproof". I found that the bag wasn't necessarily waterproof, after doing a shakedown ride for an upcoming tour. In order to be able to use the zippers while riding, you almost need to have the overlapping fabric curled up before hand. This takes a little strain off of the zipper.
          I also found that if you put a moderate amount of weight in the bag it will get a little flimsy and "jumpy". I resolved this by hooking the carrying strap around something on my handlebar.
          All in all, if it was "top of the line", we wouldn't be buying it from Nashbar.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Can't recommend this bag

          By G-Dad 1

          from Largo, FL

          About Me Avid Traveler

          Pros

          • Lots of Storage

          Cons

          • Mount slips
          • Zipper hard to zip
          • Zipper splits open

          Best Uses

          • City Bikes

          Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

          The waterproof design makes the bag difficult to zip and un-zip. Oftentimes the zipper splits open. The bag cannot take much weight without the mounting bracket rotating on the front handlebars, even after much tightening. This bag may be okay for very light use but I wouldn't recommend it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Lot of features for the money

          By Sean

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Avid Traveler, Office Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Lots of Storage

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • City Bikes
            • Commuting

            Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

            I had read in other reviews that the zippers were problematic on this. As soon as it arrived I applied a minimal amount of chain oil along all the zipper tracks. This helps immensely. The only goofy thing with the zippers are zipping or unzipping around the corners.

            I'm very pleased with the storage options:

            * 2 side mesh pockets for quick grabs while pedaling
            * a removable and foldable map case
            * small flat compartment unzips towards rider
            * large compartment unzips towards rider
            * small outer compartment facing forward

            All but the mesh pocket appear water proof, but I've yet to test out in a down pour.

            In the main compartment I'm able to fit a rain jacket, full finger gloves, beanie, and have enough space to fit all that twice if I had to. The top comp. is best suited for small personal items like phone, keys, wallet, medication and so on. Flat or low profile items would fit best. The front pouch is least convenient, but would have plenty of room to fit a couple tubes, multi-tool and other small stuff like that.

            I mainly plan to use this for commuting to store stuff I don't want to store in a rear pannier. If you have Ortleib style bags, you know how time consuming it is to get off the bike and get in there for gloves or whatever, seal it all back up and then start riding again.

            Hopefully soon I'll get to test this out on some mini-weekend camping tours. I think it'd be a great idea to store valuable items like cameras/iPods because it's so easy to disconnect and carry this along with you on foot.

            I'd give it 5 stars, but haven't yet field tested this to the degree necessary.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Durable, Versatile bag

            By USAZorro

            from Mechanicsburg, PA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Lots of Storage
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • City Bikes
              • Commuting
              • Mountain Bikes
              • Road Bikes

              Comments about Nashbar Elite Handlebar Bag:

              The bag has generous capacity, useful compartments, is light, and highly water resistant. The zippers were a bit stiff initially, but have become easier with some use. The plastic top is ingenious, and the quick release clip works well. I use it for small, extra clothing items (rain shell, socks, headband, etc), snacks and valuables.

              My main complaint was that the supplied mounting attachments resulted in the bag sitting very high above the handlebars. This didn't suit me, and the bag bounced a bit. I adapted my own mounting arrangement using a small front rack, a crude homemade decalleur and mini bungees. This entailed a bit of extra work and expense, but the end result is quite satisfactory.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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