The other day at work I fitted up my handle bar bag to my new bike and took it for a short spin, I thought the Avid brake levers might have got in the way of my bags attachment points but it did not cause any problems at all. Pretty much I now have all the bike packing kit I require for future trips with the exception of a smaller tent ( less weight to carry ) and a Revelate Gas tank for storing items that are readily needed whilst cycling. I can not wait for winter to end so I can get out and put some long rides in , Niigatas cold winter is not so great for cycling , if its not snowing, its raining and if its not raining its bloody cold which does not make for an enjoyable ride. Come April the weather will start to warm up a bit and by then I should be able to get out for some touring. Pictured below is the Salsa El Mariachi with my set of bike packing bags .