Having convenient places to stash things like phones, wallet and headphones when riding is just a game changer ,and something I did not realise I needed until now.
So here is my tried and tested Two Wheel Gear ‘Commute Top Tube Bag’ Review – Enjoy!
(I do not do paid reviews, everything here is based on my own experience and I will only recommend top quality products)
Top Tube Bike Bag Review
Bag Features –
- Will fit almost any bike – Adjustable top tube frame attachment
- Made of TPE Waterproof backed 600D Polyester
- Internal Organization with Key Clip
- Exterior Quick Access Pocket
- Reflective Design with Loops for Lights
- Can clip onto other Two Wheel Gear Products as part of modular system
Out of the Box – First Impressions
Packaging was very simple, clipped onto cardboard which contained brief instructions on the rear side.
I chose the black as this matches my Pannier Rucksack which also has the red drawstrings which look very cool.
The Look and feel of the bag are top quality and you can clearly see the care and attention to detail that Two Wheel Gear always achieve in their products.
The zipped pocket is clearly waterproof and has a small ‘Hood’ which the zip can be tucked into for extra protection from the elements.
Two Wheel Gear have made their logo small which I like as it doesn’t take center stage and is in proportion to the overall size of the bag.
Inside the bag there is the main compartment for things like a phone, wallet, with a couple of small pockets on one side for keys with a clip etc.
On the outside of the back there is a ‘quick access’ pocket fastened by a popper which is perfect if for a travel rail card or pass if needed.
Top Tube Bike Bag -Is it Waterproof?
The Commute Top Tube Bag is Waterproof and made out of TPE Waterproof
Backed 600D Polyester which so far has been fine in some pretty heavy downpours.
No issues with the contents being wet so a big thumbs up here. however, the external Quick Access pocket is not designed to be waterproof so need to make sure this is not used for anything electrical.
Setup and Ease of use
Very easy to install, There are 2 loops at the front for the stem attachment which can be changed easily which I had to do on my particular bike.
There are two Velcro straps which loop around the top frame which secure the bag in place and I have no issues with it tipping to one side even over bumpy terrain.
OK lets be honest here, this bag is designed for convenience so don’t expect to cram it full of gear, its just a very handy extra bit of storage so you don’t need to rummage around in your pannier or backpack, but that said, any extra space on a bike is welcome!
When commuting, I sometimes use the Top Frame Bag to store a power bank as my phone is usually in a holder on the handlebars which is really useful if I’m low on charge.
Below is a list of what I usually carry in this bag as a point of reference
- Phone + Charger + power Bank
- Sweets /Gum
What’s The Top Tube Bike Bag Like On The Bike?
It looks at home on the bike and doesn’t look odd in my view like some other top tube bike bags I have seen.
I like that the bag does not move and feels securely attached. Being at the top of the frame toward the handlebars it also does not impede on any element of the riding experience whatsoever.
Top Tube Bike Bag Cool Features
Something that has really impressed me about this bag is that it has been designed to be part of a modular system!
It can be clipped onto backpacks and other Two Wheel Gear Products using a very discrete clip shown below, so when removed from the bike you don’t have to carry the bag separately which is a very nice touch.
See in this example where I have clipped it onto my Pannier backpack.
There is another clip on the left-hand side of the backpack for other smaller bags like the Saddle Pack
Pros & Cons –
Two Wheel Gear Pannier Duffel Bag
- Easy to Attach
- Perfect for small items
- Good Quality
- Modular Attachements
- Cant find any yet
Similar Product Comparision
Top Tube Bike bags are nothing new, however what separates Two Wheel Gear’s version from the rest is the very small but important details they consider in their design.
Topeak tend to play in this space and have a variety of similar products to this one, the nearest comparison being their Fast Fuel Top Tube Bag.
Although the Topeak top tube bag is similar in function, I don’t think it looks quite as well-made and some reviews have questioned the quality, but I haven’t reviewed myself so would be unable to confirm whether this is the case.
Final Thoughts – Two Wheel Gear Commute Top Tube Bike Bag
Reid Hemsing who is the CEO of two wheel gear states he doesn’t just want to make bike bags, he wants to make the ‘Cadillac of Bike Bags’ and this definitely shines through in all of their products I have reviewed to date.
Reid is a ‘bike guy’ and understands what a massive difference good design can do to help out the rider on a day-to-day basis.
So if you are a commuter, a weekend tourer or thinking of doing some ‘BikePacking’ then you need this Top Tube Bike Bag as part of your overall set up. It will make life easier on the road and help you to stay organized on longer trips knowing exactly where your valuables are at all times – Right under your nose!
For just under $50 ( £40) you wont find a better quality Top Frame Bag in my opinion
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I hope you found this review of this Two Wheel Gear ‘Commute Top Tube Bike Bag’ useful and I would love to hear your thoughts if you use this product or something similar so please drop me a message below.