Berthoud Handlebar Bag, Smooth Sides


Superlight and more aerodynamic, the classic Berthoud handlebar bag without side pockets also provides more room for your hands on the bars. It is an ideal choice for randonneuring and spirited riding.

A large pocket on the front, and two smaller ones on the rear help keep your luggage organized. The elastic closures are easy to operate with one hand. They allow overstuffing the pockets. The top flap opens toward the rider, making the contents accessible while riding. The clear map case is a great place to keep your map, cue sheet, or a photo that inspires you. A shoulder strap makes it easy to carry the bag off the bike.

We offer this special model in the classic blue-gray color, in black with tan leather edging, or in black-on-black. All colors develop a nice patina over the decades.

Choose your bag size based on the distance from your handlebars down to your front rack. Measure the available space and select the bag that fills the space most closely. There is no penalty for having a larger bag — it weighs just a tiny bit more. Your bag acts as a fairing when you tuck on a descent. And when the day warms up, you will be glad to have a place to put your long-sleeve jersey.

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Handlebar bags are a convenient place to carry a load. On a bike with a suitable front-end geometry, they affect the handling less than a rear load. You balance by moving the front wheel from side to side, so a front load is easy to balance, whereas the rear wheel only follows the input from the front wheel with a lag.

The contents of a handlebar bag are easily accessible, either while riding or during a stop, without dismounting the bike. The bag also shields the rider’s legs from rain and provides a convenient place for a map or cue sheet.

Handlebar bags should sit as low as possible on top of the front wheel. They are designed to be supported by a small front rack and attached to the handlebars with the provided straps or, better, with a decaleur.

Berthoud continues to make the classic Sologne handlebar bags. With more than 50 years of experience, their bags are sewn in France by hand from waterproof cotton, and edged with leather (tan) or nylon (black). These traditional materials work well, keeping our editor’s bag dry during a 50-hour ride in the rain in Paris-Brest-Paris, and are lighter than most “modern” bags.

Berthoud bags come with stiffeners, which can be useful if you carry very heavy and irregularly shaped objects. For most riding, remove the stiffener to make your bag much lighter and have it sit more firmly on the rack.

  • Made by hand in France
  • Outside dimensions:
    • GB 31: 31 cm tall x 32 cm wide x 19 cm deep (12.2" x 12.6" x 7.5")
    • GB 28: 27 cm tall x 32 cm wide x 19 cm deep (10.6" x 12.6" x 7.5")
    • GB 25: 22 cm tall x 32 cm wide x 19 cm deep (8.7" x 12.6" x 7.5")
    • GB 22: 19 cm tall x 32 cm wide x 19 cm deep  (7.5" x 12.6" x 7.5")
  • Main compartment:
    • GB 31: 31 cm tall x 26 cm wide x 14 cm deep (12.2" x 10.2" x 5.5")
    • GB 28: 27 cm tall x 26 cm wide x 14 cm deep (10.6" x 10.2" x 5.5")
    • GB 25: 22 cm tall x 26 cm wide x 14 cm deep (8.7" x 10.2" x 5.5")
    • GB 22: 19 cm tall x 26 cm wide x 14 cm deep (7.5" x 10.2" x 5.5")
  • Leather edging (tan); nylon edging (black)
  • Elastic closures can be opened with one hand
  • Weights:
  • Bag (without stiffener):
    • GB 31: 520 g
    • GB 28: 490 g
    • GB 25: 473 g
    • GB 22: 448 g
  • Optional stiffener (included):
    • GB 31: 255 g
    • GB 28: 245 g
    • GB 25: 235 g
    • GB 22: 223 g
  • Strap: 44 g

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