DIY Handlebar Harness for Bikepacking

After a much successful bikepacking to "Penang's Hidden Heritage" (click here!)

The quest for “Rackless Carry Systems” 
for my lightweight bikepacking setup continues...  

I’ve been working on a prototype Handlebar Harness to carry my bikepacking gear, 
particularly the jungle hammock/sleeping kit. The handlebar harness has been
out for testing, and so far it has held up pretty well.

 The sleeping kit stored comfortably under the handlebar with minimal 
interference to the cables.

 The design is simple, super easy to make and very versatile. 
Tent, sleeping bag, dry bag and even a plastic candy jar can be strapped and used 
at different time or trip. The velcro (to stem) and reusable cable ties (to handlebar) 
offer clean and quick setup or release. 

I like gear with multiple uses. It helps to cut down on the weight and 
add more smiles on the face.

So, why this hammock? 
It's light, cheap, practical and i still haven't found a reason not to use it.
Hammock and tarp also touted as the best shelter system to use in the jungle. 
This hammock can also be used on the ground if i choose to spend 
the night on the beach or somewhere flat. No boundaries, the sky's the limit.

My "all terrain" sleeping kit setups provide more campsite options.
 On flat ground, on a hillside, or even over a river. 
There is always a good place to sleep at the end of a ride.


Anonymous said...

I really like your blog! I have a couple of questions about the handlebar bag: Are those channels for the webbing straps (the straps that hold the camo bag), or are the straps stitched into the body so the straps are fixed in place? Also, do the hammock net spreader bars keep the handlebar bag in place? I assume if you remove those or pack something without any rigidity the bag would sag downward. Is that right? I'm making one and have stitched a small dowel into the body to keep the bag from sagging downward--don't know how it will turn out just yet. Keep up the good work!


can5 said...

Hi Michael,
Thanks! Yes, those are just channels for the webbing straps, just thread it! (less stitching work and less weight too..haha). You are absolutely right about the spreader bars that keep the bag in place. Well, if packing something without any rigidity, a nicely compressed and narrowly packed “roll” could minimize the sagging problem. Thanks again and good luck with your experiment :)