We just received news of a brand new bike packing bag called the Rock Bar and we reckon it might be the most versatile frame/handlebar/fork bag we've seen yet. Just launched in the UK, the Rock Bar can fit on our bike in a multitude of ways and store pretty much anything, and before you think this might just be for the gravel enthusiasts out there, there is an interesting mountain bike application too....
Ignoring the narrow bars of this bike from the noughties the Rock Bar is actually a pretty interesting product. Interesting in the fact that it looks simple, versatile and has a number of applications. A regular cylindrical shape the Rock Bar is designed to carry kit on your bike, however, and wherever you like. Measuring 32cm in length and with an internal volume of 28cm x 5cm x 6cm the Rock Bar is well set to store any number of tools, a pump, snacks and even a slim drinks can or two, we are thinking a mid-ride G and T would go down very nicely indeed!
The foam padded nylon tube opens at one end with a zipper and is attached to the bike via two removable, wrap around straps which are available in different lengths. There is also a water repellant sleeve allowing for easier removal of contents
Rock Bar says the bag can be attached to the handlebars, top tube, down tube, seat tube, fork legs and even to the top of other bags or on a backpack. We think it'd be pretty good attached to the top of your regular handlebar pack filled with easy to access essential tools or used as an everyday frame bag that can easily be swapped from bike to bike on hardtails and adventure bikes.
In an attempt to show that it's not a gravel discipline specific bag Rock Bar have also published this photo of a rider styling up a jump on a downhill bike (below). We're not sure we'd be keen to add weight up on the bars of our downhill bike but we'd be intrigued to experiment with weights near the bottom bracket, increasing sprung weight. Rock Bar says that the bag can take up to 7lbs (3.2kg) of steel by volume. So if you are thinking of altering the ratio of sprung weight to unsprung weight on your bike and seeing if this improves the feeling of the bike on rough terrain, this might be a good way to go about it.
If downhill performance isn't that important to you though, at least you can be safe in the knowledge that this bag will hold up to 7lbs of the tastiest, most nutritious, calories filled snacks to fuel whatever adventure you might be on!
The bag costs £29.99 and you can buy one now from Amazon.
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