Ortlieb Handlebar Bag


Waterproof roll bag for lightweight off-road touring and multi-day mountain biking. Light, tough and easy to use.

    • Waterproof handlebar roll with two way access.
    • Lightweight tough PU laminated ripstop nylon.
    • Integrated harness attaches under your handlebar using spacers and secure velcro straps.
    • Perfect for light, bulky items like clothes and sleeping gear.
    • Compression straps and overload elastic shock cord.
    • Internal stiffener for stability.
    • Reflective patches.
    • 20cm diameter, and width varies from 35cm to 60cm.
    • Volume = 11 - 18 litres. Max load = 5 kg.
    • Weight: 420 gm.
    • Made in Germany.
  • ▹ How much to pack.

    For multi-day mountain biking and off-road touring the knack is to travel light, but safe. On technical singletrack in particular excess weight becomes quite a handicap - requiring both increased skills and effort. So pack smart.
    • Lightweight bike-specific rainwear goes without saying. 
    • The ‘killer app’ is a modern, lightweight, low volume down sleeping bag. The Sea to Summit Traveller has 200gm fill. An adequate rather than cosy pit for the night but weighs just 400gm in total and occupies a paltry 1.5 litres in your bag.
    • A lightweight down or primaloft jacket comforts you around the hut or campsite, and extends your lightweight sleeping bag if the nocturnal temperature sinks a bit low.

    Time of year, terrain and availability of huts all impact on your selection but on a two day-one night summer mtb trip you should easily be able to stash all your food, clothing and emergency kit into the Ortlieb Seat Pack/Handlebar Bag combo. You may choose to supplement those with a small daypack to carry a water bladder, lunch, snacks and evening meal. Check out the Weight Watcher’s Equipment Guide for more.

    ▹ Fitting to your bike.

    • The weapon of choice for bikepacking is a 29er hardtail. However plenty opt for a dual suspension rig. Either way you'll want to invest some time mounting your bags securely to your bike. Generally they stay glued to it for the duration of the trip. You get to lovingly pack and extract your gear at the start and end of each day.
    • Before fitting, lightly pack both bags.
    • Upfront, take care to not tangle with brake hoses or gear cables. The roll bag hangs below your handlebar, so ensure it clears the front wheel when the front shock is fully compressed. Locking the shock out, limiting travel or increasing air pressure is invariably required.
    • Out back a minimum 170 mm clearance (irrespective of any suspension) is required between your back tyre and the bottom of your seat rails. If you’re riding a dually, also check that the under-seat bag clears the rear wheel when the shock is fully compressed. The best remedy is to pump up the shock to limit travel.
    • Under-seat bags are not compatible with dropper seat posts. If you have a dropper either swap out for a standard post, or refrain from using it with the bag attached.

    ▹ Packing tips.

    • Take time at the start of each day to stash your gear thoughtfully. Create a solid platform to stack the lighter stuff on. And minimise any voids. This maximises your load capacity and prevents the bags from shuffling and jiggling around on your bike.
    • The Ortlieb Seat Pack has an air valve to let you to roll it tightly closed.
    • The Handlebar Bag allows access from either end. In the ideal world you separate your gear so that at least one bag (normally the 'handlebar') remains packed all day. Leave ride food and clothing at the top of the other bag, or in your daypack.


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dave M.
New Zealand

Ortlieb front bag

Ran this on a 29 hardtail Fair bit of mucking around with the handle bar straps finally got the bag to sit in a position that didn't interface with brake and dropper hoses. Subsiquently ran with the bag low,,problem them with right leg fork adjustment **** when in open mode rubbing on bag,a there and back Heaphy nearly ho.ed the bag, The good points easy to load,can cram 2 sleeping bags in and completely water tight,be aware not to load a hard object on the outer inner of the bag Could do with extra foam blocks for three steerer tube strap


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Hi Dave, thanks for your feedback. Due to the many and various bike set ups out there you do need to spend a bit of time getting the bag positioned correctly on your chosen mode of bike. It sounds like your handlebars run a bit low when the fork is under compression. One way to alleviate is try some spacers under the stem. Pedal on, Ernie

Janet S.

Room for your gear

I had been looking around at different bike packing bags for awhile and liked the look of this one. We were heading away to ride the Heaphy Track and I wanted to take the weight off my back. I was able to fit in my Hut clothes, sleeping bag and my luxury item - a travel pillow plus a few other smaller items. It seemed to not upset the balance of the bike and sat well strapped to my handlebars. I am looking forward to using it again. Next time I will purchase a small sleeping bag as mine was a bit bulky and it took a bit effort to stuff it in.

Martin C.

Martin Collins

Awesome piece of kit, took a dive on a river crossing, me and bike went under, all my gear in handle bar bag stayed bone dry !! Fantastic piece of equipment.

Jane H.

Ortlieb Handlebar Bag

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Arend M.

Ortlieb handle bar bag

Used in ‘anger’ for a couple of trips over Easter, Worked brilliantly, easy to pack, secure and well balanced. Also fantastic after sales service from Scott