This.I'm old, I use a bag.
I use the Wolf Tooth on my HT, but under the saddle. I have the new, thin Schwalbe tube in there, along with a Wolf Tooth plier, a multi tool, plug kit, some zip ties and other small sundries. Pump goes on the bottle cage.I just got some fix-it sticks recently and those things are great! actual leverage on a portable tool? longer reach for getting somewhere tight? FINALLY.
I'm working towards going packless for really short rides, so looking to adjust my gear layout to put more on the bike. I still have a tube (in a Wolftooth rolltop bag attached to a bracket so it doesn't rotate around the frame), but I'm thinking about downsizing the tube so I can fit other tools in the rolltop bag. I still ride with a pack for longer rides. Times when I need to carry more water, or when I need to carry a spare jacket, extra food, or so on. I recently added a Oneup EDC pump, so there's a small storage space inside the handle of it I haven't used just yet.
Road cycling is my first love, and it always drove me crazy that the perceived aesthetic of a saddle bag was somehow worse than that of bulging jersey pockets. All my road bikes have saddle bags, and they're all allowed at the cool kids table. 😆I think a lot of is fashion. The same thing happened in roadie world. People stuff their jerseys with the same crap they used to put in a small saddle bag because they don't like the look of saddle bags. Few of the reasons given here for getting rid of bags apply to road bikes, but saddle bags still disappeared from the cool kids bikes.
Form over fashion; I use it on my road and gravel bikes, too. I'll add a top tube bag for longer rides in these cases.
I am too vain to use a handlebar bag. On the road I associate them with randonneurs. On an MTB I always use a pack or a hip pack so there is no reason to put stuff on the bike.Agreed...!
What about a handlebar bag?
Yeah it is ugly for sure, but it is stable and I like not having any straps contacting carbon. But yeah, most people would just pay their money and wait for shipping and not repurpose stuff.Works. Ugly but works, and probably shaky.
What do we call a roadie on an expensive bike, wearing expensive gear, rides 3-4 a year in temps above 70 degrees?Then again I am also petty and judgemental. I associate hi-vis jackets and vests with Freds commuting to work, so I won't wear it.
I guess you'd be thinking I have a really strange commute when I go riding during hunting season.I am too vain to use a handlebar bag. On the road I associate them with randonneurs. On an MTB I always use a pack or a hip pack so there is no reason to put stuff on the bike.
Then again I am also petty and judgemental. I associate hi-vis jackets and vests with Freds commuting to work, so I won't wear it. I have the same feeling about flashing tail lights, so I don't use those. The dress and habits of Freds on department store bikes being adopted by supposedly serious cyclists seems super weird to me.