So, I’ve been looking for a while for a way to carry stuff on my roadie so I don’t have to wear a jersey. Now I’m not trying to cart a week of groceries home, just some money, keys and phone. However, pants pockets are next to useless if they don’t have a zip, so unless you are wearing a jersey, it’s pretty hard to carry anything.
Requirements: Not to interfere with my steering, not to require additional modifications to my bike (eg adding a rack), attaches onto the bike quickly, and has to look good off the bike as well as on. Really, I wanted a bag that I could slip off my bike easily, and run into the shops with me, without looking like it had come off my bike.
Handlebar bags seem to interfere with my steering, and I don’t really have enough room for a large saddle bag. So, I thought a top tube bag would be the way to go. I’ve had a look around, and most top tube bags are either huge (for touring), or pretty utilitarian (for triathletes).
So, with a few hours to spare, I decided to crack open the sewing machine, and sew myself a top tube bag.