I’ve been thinking about a bag like this ever since the Tour Divide. The handlebar bags designed for bikepacking are typically intended for straight bar bikes, not necessarily drop bar bikes. The bags are too long and have openings on both sides. Drop bars block those openings so you can’t get access and they don’t fit well in between the drops. So I had an idea to make a shorter bag. My thought was to put things that I wouldn’t need access to while riding, only while camping, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about being able to open it up. This also frees up my seat bag to carry items that I’ve previously carried on my back.
This picture shows how my Salsa Fargo Ti was loaded on the Tour Divide.
The bag will only carry my sleeping system. Inside is my Mountain Hard Wear Phantom 32 bag, Ti Goat Ptarmigan Bivy and Klymit sleeping pad. On the outside is a pocket to slide my Tyvek ground cover in. Previously I had only carried my sleeping pad and ground cover on my handlebars. Getting the tiny Klymit pad has changed my options.
Here’s how it came together.