Review: rigid and roomy, Topeak’s unassuming Tubular Barbag may just be one of the best

Have you ever had a piece of gear function so seamlessly that you forgot there might be an alternative? This was one for us

Topeak's Tubular Bar Bag
(Image credit: Samantha Nakata)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

With its Tubular Barbag, Topeak builds on a classic duffle-style handlebar bag concept and gives extra attention to just the right details. Its medium-compact size (3.8L) allows you to carry all the ride essentials and then some, with exterior pockets for easy access to nutrition items. An interior divider helps keep smaller items secure and organized, while rigid construction ensures heavier loads can be carried with ease.

Reasons to buy
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    Well-sized main compartment with adjustable partition

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    Side pockets provide quick access to nutrition items

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    Rigid body prevents sag and tire rub with heavier loads

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not waterproof

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Among all the handlebar bags on the market, finding one that is just the perfect size can be quite the challenge. Smaller bags do well at unobtrusively carrying the basics but lack in versatility, while larger bags can be too cumbersome for anything but the intended hefty cargo. For me, the 3.8L Topeak Tubular Barbag hits a bit of a sweet spot in capacity: it’s spacious enough to lighten your jersey load on long days, but compact enough to truly be an everyday fixture.  This sized bag will prove its worth whether you’re just toting the essentials or stuffing it to the gills.

The Topeak Tubular Barbag in numbers

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