Berthoud Handlebar Bag, Smooth Sides
$299.00 – $325.00
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.
Berthoud handlebar bags combine waterproof performance with beautiful craftsmanship. The cotton fabric swells when it gets wet, so it’s waterproof without heavy liners or coatings that wear off. This works so well that even at the end of a very wet 50-hour ride in Paris-Brest-Paris, our bags remained completely dry inside.
A large pocket on the front, and two smaller ones on the rear help keep your equipment organized. The elastic closures are easy to operate with one hand. They also allow overstuffing the pockets and main compartment. 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.
Handlebar bags are designed to be supported by a small front rack and attached to the handlebars with the provided straps or, better, with a decaleur. Choose your bag size based on the distance from your handlebars to the front rack. There is no penalty for having a larger bag — the weight is in the pockets, leather edging and straps, not in the lightweight fabric that determines the size of the bag.
Pro Tip: Replace the included stiffener with the Rene Herse Handlebar Bag Stabilizer to make your bag much lighter and have it sit more firmly on the rack.
- Technical Specs
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.
- 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
- Bag (without stiffener):
- GB 31: 520 g
- GB 28: 490 g
- GB 25: 473 g
- GB 22: 448 g
- Stiffener (included):
- GB 31: 255 g
- GB 28: 245 g
- GB 25: 235 g
- GB 22: 223 g
- Strap: 44 g
- Made in France