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Bike front bags, also known as handlebar bags, are an excellent option for those looking for a practical and comfortable way to transport items on their bike trips.

Bicycle front bags are attached to the bicycle handlebars, either using straps, velcro or click systems, and offer a variable capacity ranging from a few liters to more than 10.

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What type of front bag is compatible with my bike?

To ensure that you choose a bike front bag that fits well, the first thing you should do is identify the type of handlebars your bike has. These are the most common situations:

Flat handlebars: they are the most common on urban, mountain or hybrid bikes. The vast majority of bicycle front bags are designed for this type of handlebar, offering great compatibility.

Road handlebars (curved): these are typical for road bikes. You will find compatible front bags, but perhaps the variety is a little less or you may need an adapter for a perfect fit.

Butterfly ("trekking") handlebars: Less common, but require front bike bags designed specifically to fit their shape, which often leaves less anchoring space.

Eye! In addition to the handlebars, check to see if you have cables, lights, or other accessories that could hinder the placement of the front bag on the bike. We also recommend using a bicycle seat adapter .

What bag capacity do I need?

Primary use

Short trips around the city: if you are going to carry your cell phone, keys, wallet and little else, a compact bag (2-3 liters) is enough.

Excursions or cycling tourism: to put some waterproof clothing for cycling , tools, a snack, etc., you will need a little more space (5-10 liters).

Very long routes (several days): if you have to carry more serious equipment, it is better to opt for a large front bag (more than 10 liters) or combine it with rear panniers.

Things you usually carry

Think carefully about the essential items for your bike trips. Make a list to better visualize the volume of things you will need to put in the front bag.

Better "a little" more space

It doesn't hurt to have an extra margin in your front bike bag. You never know when you might need to bring in an unexpected purchase or a piece of clothing if it gets cold!

Tip: If you are unsure between two sizes, going for the larger one can give you more versatility, as long as it doesn't get in the way when pedaling.

How is the bag attached to the handlebars?

The front bags are fixed to the handlebars using different systems:

Velcro straps: the simplest and most economical method. They are usually easy to put on and take off, but they may not offer the strongest hold if you are carrying the bag heavily.

Quick-release buckles: Allow a slightly more precise fit than Velcro and usually offer a quicker closure for putting on and taking off the bag. They are very common and offer a good balance between security and simplicity.

Click systems: the most advanced and also, usually, somewhat more expensive. These bags have a specific bike phone holder that you place on the handlebar, then the front bicycle bag attaches to that holder with a single click. They are very comfortable and stable, although they are less universal (if you change bikes, you may need another support).

Bonus tip! Aside from these systems, some bike front bags include additional stabilizing straps that you can tie to the head tube for extra security and reducing sway.