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  • luvdabags
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    I have used my Travel Cubelet in this way for just phone, wallet, keys, snack bars when out with the kids in suburban neighborhoods. 8 inch keystrap on each end, and it is just in reach. If we plan to stop for lunch while out, I just add in the shoulder strap so I can take it inside with me for lunch. Works a treat!

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  • cuica
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    Dear all,

    I had replied to Dorayme privately but actually I wanted to share an variation of Dorayme’s brilliant idea: I have just attached Co-Pilot to my handlebars with key straps. I am not sure if the straps can support a heavier bag and the whole contraction is still kinda flimsy and shifts a lot. The other disadvantage is that it takes a long time to disengage the bag from the handlebars. But having a bigger bag to stuff more things is nice on a longer bicycle tour.

    Any comments are welcome.

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  • dorayme
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    Originally posted by happig42 View Post
    Awesome! Which straps did you end up using? I'm planning on getting a Pilot soon to use as a diaper bag and have been trying to figure out a slick way to attach it to the handle of a stroller.
    I used the regular black 8" Keystraps.

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  • Jeff A
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    Originally posted by WenV View Post
    That picture looks great, Jeff A! Looking forward to using my SE this way when I dust off my bike next Summer (we're in the middle of a wet winter at the moment) :)


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    Thanks! That pic was pre-bike trip. During the actual ride the keystraps slide down towards the center but that's ok, it worked great!

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  • WenV
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    That picture looks great, Jeff A! Looking forward to using my SE this way when I dust off my bike next Summer (we're in the middle of a wet winter at the moment) :)


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  • Jeff A
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    Pure genius, thx for the idea! Another great use for my awesome Side Effect!! My kids think I'm nuts but that's ok, haha :)

    Here it is, attached to my Trek Hybrid! House keys, wallet & iPhone inside the SE.

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  • happig42
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    I got one before I got my bike and was then unsure of how to attach it to the bike in a way that was both secure, but non marring to the handlebars. My original though, that I sadly quickly dismissed, of two key straps into the end o-rings did the trick!

    Awesome! Which straps did you end up using? I'm planning on getting a Pilot soon to use as a diaper bag and have been trying to figure out a slick way to attach it to the handle of a stroller.

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  • icebeng
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    Originally posted by maverick View Post
    Hi!

    Has anyone tried this with the Lead's Pocket + ice axe straps (or lash straps, but they may be a little long)?

    You could run the two straps through the webbing loops where you attach the annex clips in order to fasten the Lead's Pocket to the Guide's Pack, and then run those straps around your handlebars. Yeah?

    Add to that a coyote brown waist strap, and you can take the Lead's Pocket with you around your waist as you walk away from your bike (is that waist strap available separate from the Guide's Pack?).
    Doesn't seem to have any options to buy the coyote waist strap separate. I've asked about buying the coyote key strap before, but they're not going to do that yet. Would love the option for both items to be available separately.
    The Lead's Pocket is quite a bit larger than the Side Effect though, would it be bulky on the bike?
    Also, cos of the larger size, perhaps using the Smart Alec's GateKeeper's Straps might be more secure?
    Last edited by icebeng; 05-27-2014, 06:46 AM.

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  • WendyK
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    Using a side effect as a handlebar bag is a great idea! Can't wait to try it.

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  • maverick
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    Hi!

    Has anyone tried this with the Lead's Pocket + ice axe straps (or lash straps, but they may be a little long)?

    You could run the two straps through the webbing loops where you attach the annex clips in order to fasten the Lead's Pocket to the Guide's Pack, and then run those straps around your handlebars. Yeah?

    Add to that a coyote brown waist strap, and you can take the Lead's Pocket with you around your waist as you walk away from your bike (is that waist strap available separate from the Guide's Pack?).

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  • dorayme
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    Thanks LJW, those bags look as though they are built very well.
    If I need another bike bag, I'm looking at Pocampo. :)Chicago made, and a gorgeous feminine style.
    I also use a Koki Mozzie Stem Bag to hold my iPhone and a few bike tools front and center. Since I use an App as my bike computer, it's nice to be able to check it during my ride for speed, mileage and my maps with a few taps.

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  • LJW
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    Dorayme,
    It sounds like you found the perfect Tom Bihn solution. If you ever need bicycle-specific (e.g. built specifically for bikes and not something found at Tom Bihn), you might check out Arkel:

    Arkel | Bicycle bag | Pannier bag

    They are a Canadian company that sells quality Canadian made goods. I do not represent them in any way. I am just a satisfied customer.

    Cheers,
    --L

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  • dorayme
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    @makingmark, I don't kow how I missed this, but thank you for posting this picture, I love it!
    Care to share your packing list in your handlebar Side Effect?

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  • makingmark
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    Just for variety, another picture of the Side Effect as a handlebar bag. This one is in steel, and is attached to my 31 year old brown rusty but trusty Raleigh Sports.



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  • dorayme
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    I totally thought I would primarily be using this as my handlebar bag, but I took it on my trip to Seattle as my micro purse and I haven't stopped carrying it. See even while swinging wildly with my 12 year old niece it's so securely attached that it's become as close as a part of my body. I guess that's just a Side Effect of a great bag!



    It's easy and quick to grab and go
    relatively light weight even with all of my junk
    it seems to go with whatever I am wearing ;-} That may have to do with the fact that I try to wear purple every day.
    it holds my essentials:
    iPhone 4
    Dr. Brach Rescue Pastilles in tin
    2 extra key straps to use as handlebar bag
    FOT pouch (inhaler, tide to go pen, mini first aid kit, mini tube of Advil, Burt's Bees Hand Salve tin and Moon Valley Lip Treat Tin)
    vHemp/RR clear organizer wallet (Driver's Liscense, $22 behind the clear window, 4 cards behind the olive divider and 8 cards plus my geico car insurance info behind the cayenne divider)
    baby Namaste Oh Snap (The Republic of Tea mini tin, assorted hard candies, Orbit cinnamint pack of gum, Ricola drops and hand knit sock monkey reusable cup cozy).

    And the best part of all, it is easy to carry within my larger bags to keep my purse essentials separate from my knitting, or things for the kidlets. I need one of these in black ultrasuede. . .

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