A friend of mine who is always ahead of the fashion curve was sporting something similar to this thing two summers ago when we rode together to Alpe d’Huez.
Here’s his Open Upper bike, with a slightly bigger version.
I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now that I’m looking at regular 5-10 hour rides this season, having a non-sweaty place to store my peanut butter sandwich is looking more and more attractive. Even a ‘mini’ would give me an extra 1.5 liters on bikepacking trips, too, if they ever happen again. Weight is not really an issue when doing huge miles (it’s definitely not a race), either, and the mini version I’m looking at is only 160 grams anyway.
You’ve seen these bags many times before, if you pay any attention to the new gravel / adventure scene. Even if you don’t, images like the one below will have come across your feed whether you like it or not.
Apparently this type of bag is a thing for road cyclists back home, but because I’m stuck here in the sunny south of France, I’ve only ever seen the phenomenon once. All this has been ‘validated’, by the way. Yesterday on GCN’s coverage of the Tour de la Provence, Dan Lloyd mentioned that pro cyclist Jasha Sutterlin was seen out on a training ride with a bar bag. Stephen – my friend who rides with them – also told me he’d seen Alaphilippe sporting one. Here it is, but you’ll have to look hard or have a good imagination.
Dear Reader, do you have one of these contraptions? Any brand that you could recommend? So far I’ve whittled it down to Rapha, Lead Out (the bag above) and Ornot.