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Bag for holding valuables on bike while parked?

Leaving valuables on the bike sounds like a very bad idea. Bike luggage just isn't going to be robust enough to resist theft if left unattended, and the whole bike itself may be vulnerable to theft. ...
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Bike seems less stable when using handlebar bag

Yes, the bag can cause the instability. The physics is quite simple. Ordinarily, a bike is self-stabilizing. If you turn the handlebars to the left, you steer to the left and the bike leans to the ...
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Bike seems less stable when using handlebar bag

That's fairly normal behavior. You point out that you got used to it, but couldn't "trust the bike". It's a very similar scenario to moving to a new bike with much different geometry and not ...
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How does one carry multiple bike bags once off the bike?

There's no magical solution: if you want to take to be able to take everything out of the bike, the solution is to choose bags that can be easily removed and to have as few bags as possible. Or to ...
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Bike seems less stable when using handlebar bag

Yes. Don't use a handlebar bag if it affects your bike's handling that badly. Perhaps your frame is just not suitable for a handlebar bag - normally a fork with a lot of trail (ie a stable touring ...
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What are velcro alternatives for frame mounted bag?

I do not know of any commercially available products alternative to velcro, but I'm a DIY-er, And have successfully mounted some accessories to the frame and handlebars using hose clamps. Their ...
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What are velcro alternatives for frame mounted bag?

One possibility for what you saw is bag attachment bolts. Much like bottle bosses and rack attachment points, they are part of the frame. One interesting non-velcro option was what appeared to be a ...
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Protection against saddlebag straps

There are several things that I can imagine to achieve what you want. Use frame bags that have "grippy" straps, such as those with silicone strips or similar. This should suffice unless you ...
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Back-free way to carry laptop

I commute with a laptop, and I settled on using a front rack and basket. The front rack provides a flat platform which I can put any sort of bag or container into. It also lets me push the extra ...
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How does one carry multiple bike bags once off the bike?

When I have to carry multiple panniers, I put a strap on each and carry them messenger bag style with the straps across my body. I've had 3 like that before; the 4th that time was a backpack pannier - ...
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Bag for holding valuables on bike while parked?

safely locked to the frame, and I can simply leave it there. Summary To answer your question about the existence of locking bags - they are out there. As an example (not a recommendation) Ortlieb ...
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What are velcro alternatives for frame mounted bag?

Much thinner (so less obvious) and less prone to rubbing than velcro straps are cable ties (zip ties). You can get a range of colours but in black or white you can also buy releasable ones that allow ...
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Back-free way to carry laptop

My experience with carrying stuff on the bike is that: You don't want to use a backpack. The problem is that they cover the entire back, meaning your back gets very sweaty. Messenger bags don't cover ...
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Back-free way to carry laptop

I never found a good solution for this problem. One of the better than worst options is to search for a 'hiking knapsack'. You will not get the weight off of your shoulders, but the ventilation will ...
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Bike travel bags, hard cases, and homemade bags

If you travel regularly, buy a decent, high quality hard shell or accept your bike will be damaged. Even with the very best case, your bike could be damaged - either accept it as a cost of travel, or ...
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Bag for holding valuables on bike while parked?

This is a major reason for me to wear bike jerseys for commuting - all those things go in my back pockets. (Ideally) zipped trouser pockets are another option, though jeans pockets are usually secure ...
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Will wearing a backpack on my chest make any difference on my health?

I am not aware that wearing a backpack is bad for your back when cycling. I've been doing it every weekday for the past 8 months without ill effect. Perhaps if the backpack is very heavily loaded it's ...
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Back-free way to carry laptop

A 16" laptop you’ll either have to carry on your back or in panniers (or in a cargo bike or trailer). Frame bags, saddle bags, handlebar bags etc. are all too small. A rear rack can weigh as ...
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Back-free way to carry laptop

You could use a a messenger bag as a "frame bag" by folding the top flap/lid over the top tube and positioning the bag in the frame. I sometimes do this on my Merida Speeder 200 with a large ...
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Bag for holding valuables on bike while parked?

Unfortunately I think the answer to "Do you know any bag that could work for me?" is no, if you want to leave it on the bike. I don't know of any bag that would be impervious to a quick slice with a ...
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Rubber washer in camelback Antidote Reservoir 1.5L

There's nothing complicated about how it fits. Here's my cap seal for reference.
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Protection against saddlebag straps

You can get packs of frame protection tape such as this one: https://www.wiggle.co.uk/bike-shield-full-pack-oversize-frame-protection-set Some bike shops also offer fitting this type of kit as a ...
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How does one carry multiple bike bags once off the bike?

Most people who use frame bags and top-tube bags leave them on the bike. There's usually a way to clip a shoulder strap onto a (large) saddlebag and/or handlebar bag. Bar bags are sometimes sold with ...
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Record Bags for Bikes

You could also buy a pizza delivery bag and bungee strap it to a front or rear rack. Or modify the bag yourself to attach to a pannier by stitching some hooks or loops of Velcro to the sides. Most ...
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Bag for holding valuables on bike while parked?

I have seen a lockable hard-shell case that mounts to a rear rack, but it's a specialized item and I'm not sure where I would find it. There are handlebar bags that have quick-connect mounts so they'...
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What are velcro alternatives for frame mounted bag?

Can you sew? Its possible to make up a custom frame bag for your bike using relatively simple box-construction techniques. The ones I've made have been triangular and sit at the front of the main ...
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Record Bags for Bikes

Try using a milk crate bungee corded to your rack.
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What bag should I buy first for my gravel-touring kind of bike?

For one day you are often fine with your jersey pockets and a small saddle bag. If needing more I would: increase the saddle bag and/or add another small bag above the top tube behind your stem. ...
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What bag should I buy first for my gravel-touring kind of bike?

In contrast to the other answer, I suggest going straight for a large but compressible saddlebag. I have the largest topeak backloader (15 litres) but roll it down to about 1/3 of that for long day ...
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What bag should I buy first for my gravel-touring kind of bike?

As far as I’m aware handlebar bags are usually quite heavy, affect handling and can be hard to mount on road bike handlebars. I try to avoid large bags, instead I use Clothes which you can easily ...
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