Started biking a few weeks ago, and I put together a way to carry gear that I am pretty happy with.
I purchased a Jandd (touring handle bar pack). This thing is extremely rugged, well made, and should last a life time. The bike pack has loads of pockets consisting of 1 large main compartment pocket, two front pockets, two water bottle holders and dual compression straps.
It even has a top flap clear insert pocket for a maps (I use it for my iphone GPS). The whole thing attaches to the bike via a quick release bracket for easy on-off with one click.
For the camera gear I’ve coupled the Jandd with a Mountain Smith (Kit Cube). The Mountain Smith adds the padded protection the Jandd lacks and leaves me with a nice portable shoulder bag. The Kit Cube is a pretty tight fit. The two are almost made for each other.
I wouldn’t normally travel this heavy but for this ride I wanted to test the load bearing capacity of the bag on the front handle bars.
- XPRO-1 + LENS + Extra Battery
- GX1 + LENS
- LENS CASE +4 LENSES
- 1 x FILTER WALLET
- 1 x Money Wallet
- 2 x iphone
- 1 x Car Keys
Even with all this gear the load was not an issue for me or my balance.
It even has a draw string that cinches the unit closed and safe from the elements. I love this set up.
***UPDATE*** A lightly pack Think Tank Retrospective 5 also fits the Jandd.