Not so much a bikepacker as a rider of a comfy, quite versatile road bike (GT Grade 105, Schwalbe S-One tubeless) looking to strap stuff to it for extended, self-supported multi-surface rides.
Looking at bar bag set ups I can't help but notice all the unused vertical space above and below horizontally mounted bags. This seems to limit size to about 15-20 litres especially with drop bars, even flared ones.
Is this because that's how bikepacking harnesses are set up or because experience has taught you that this is the best method?
Would the 'pendulum effect' of a wide, full bag not be reduced if it was turned upright 90 degrees, making steering a bit lighter?
Could it not then also be quite a bit bigger, maybe up to 35 litres and possibly of some use off the bike (thinking Alpkit Gourdon or similar)?
Should I shove my head up my own peculiar niche and go away?
With these and other questions rattling around the space between my ears I have decided to try, like others on here have done, abusing some aero bars. These ones, in fact http://www.decathlon.co.uk/pz-racing-ae ... 68774.html
. They look too short to be any use as aero bars but that should let me point them straight down at the wheel. A strap round the end (now at the bottom) cross member to stop the bag dropping, remove the elbow padding leaving a nice wide support I can also thread a strap through.
At 296g they're not much heavier than a Kanga harness, less without the pads. My cables wouldn't be squashed, frame rub would be cut to almost nothing or maybe nothing at all and most of the flat part of my bars would still be usable.
Only ordered it today, will set it up and take pics asap. Does this sound workable or, to quote The Pet Shop Boys, am I losing my mind?
Would like to know your thoughts. Be gentle, it's my first time.