Intercontinental Front Bag Set. The front pocket is removable, will never slide around, and is independent of the compression straps. The bar straps can be ordered to fit over aero bars or flat/drop handlebars.
I was working on this design when I heard the news of Mike Hall being killed. Hence the name. I have done the TDR race twice and Mike holds the record for this race. While most of us will never be as fast as Mike, I think there is a common experience all of the racers have while out there.
The compression straps are sewn over the blue panel of the model shown. When compressed they actually reduce the volume of the whole bag, making the circumference smaller. They don't just squish it onto your handlebars.
The front pocket is fully removable via Fastex buckles. It can be removed without unclipping the compression straps. It rises up to cover anything being held by the compression straps. If you have aero bars on your bike there is enough webbing to slightly lower the front pocket for improved access, but still keeping it away from the wheel. So, when you need the TP, access is assured.
mesh end pocket. perfect place for trash, map, chain rag, etc.
15"-designed for drop bars or regular flat bars. volume 10-13 liters.
20"-designed for flat bars only. Volume is 15-17 liters.
Standard is Dimension Polyant VX 42/21, depending on color. Black Cordura scuff panel over the handlebars and cables. weighs 15-18 ounces. You want this version for regular touring. For riding across Africa order the VX51, Cordura faced Xpack.
The Race is DX40 Dyneema/polyester fabric from Dimension Polyant with 3-ounce Spectra extruded cuben fiber fabric (colors vary) for the pocket and front panel. Not as durable, but it's light. 15" is 10 ounces. 20" 12 ounces. Best for off-road races under 1000 miles. Ideal for the road.
Attachment: I use ITW Fastex nylon hardware. The straps are threaded through a sewn down tri-glide so they don't slide around when being tightened. straps go around handlebars. They can also be set up to fit Aero bars(as shown) or Jones Bars. please ask, no charge for this modification. Leather spacers included. On the race version, there are webbing reinforcements sewn to the bag on the underside where all attachment points are sewn. the standard version has the Cordura scuff patch for this purpose.