Back when I was on the Tour Divide I spent a lot of time thinking about this. Most handlebar bags that are made for bikepacking are designed around straight bars. So if you ride a drop bar bike, like my Fargo, the bags won’t work and you are forced to do something else. On the TD I used two straps around the handlebar to hold my sleeping pad and ground cover. Then I strapped a Revelate Designs pocket over that for my snacks. Did it work? Yes, it did, but it was not ideal.
So I’ve been thinking about a different way to carry my gear on the front. I can see it in my head, but I finally took the time to bang out a quick prototype last night. The idea is that it mounts to the bars, and then there are two separate straps to hold a compression sack (still to be built). Also, I need to figure out a way to include straps for a jacket. The main thing is that it’s narrow enough to fit between the drops on my Fargo. Which it does!
Now that I built it there are a bunch of changes that I want to make. I need to simplify it and I don’t think I’ll stick with the cam locks. I think I’ll go back to ladder-locks instead. Now the refining begins!