I know, this is probably too late for 2017 but better late than never. Here is this year’s list.
Swift Industries/Oveja Negra Chuckbucket – ($56) This is a collaboration between my two favorite bike bag companies (Swift Industries and Oveja Negra). Nancy and I discovered these bar bags this year and we both love them! With regular drop bars they do not get in the way (or minimally at least) and are extremely convenient. They are obviously easy to reach and they can hold a myriad of items. The most obvious are water bottles but people put snacks, cameras, sundries, and probably hold a small dog or cat… They come in more colors on the Oveja Negra site.
Klean Kanteen Double Walled Water Bottle – (Varies) If you are going to buy a bar bag, you should get one of these too! These bottles with a sports cap keep water cold or hot for hours and I mean hours like 10-12 not 1-2.
Oveja Negra 1/2 Pack – ($80) This bag was broken in on a trip along the Greater Allegheny Passage trip I took in June. This is a very handy bag that manages to stay out of the way in the bike’s upper triangle. Mine on the trip held my phone, extra snacks, rain jacket, my food for the trip, pump, and chamois butter with plenty of space to spare. On the left side is a smallish side pocket that holds an iPhone 8 or iPhone X easily (and probably the Plus since the zipper is pretty long. This held my phone, wipes, and chamois butter. The right side has a long zipper that goes the length of the bag. This makes the bag incredibly easy to get into and the inside has a bright fabric that allows you to see (at least for my oldish eyes). Holds way more than you would think and stays put.
Swift Industries Sugarloaf Basket Bag – ($160) This is an amazing bag (yes, there is a bag theme or problem depending on your point of view). I used this to commute daily and it easily held all of my work clothes, lunch and occasionally work equipment. I also used this on my GAP trip. Held most of my clothes for our S24O trip. Easy to mount to the Wald basket on my Atlantis. Easy to get into (again with the light interior to see crap). Very, very nice front pocket with a magnetic closure. Pretty rainproof – YMMV. If you are cool with mounting a Wald basket on your bike this is the perfect addition.
A Bevy of Top Tube Bags
These are reviewed here
We’re both dedicated Ibex customers and so are saddened that they’re ceasing operations as of February 2018. Check them out now for great deals on remaining inventory. Here, I’m recommending their Kilometer Gloves.
These unpadded gloves are good looking, comfortable and grippy. They’re warm enough until temps drop into the 30’s. Then you either need a warmer glove, or to add some thin liners.
I wear them on and off-bike. Off bike, they’re warm enough when temperatures are in the 30s. That’s as cold as it’s gotten her so far this year.
For reference I (Nancy) usually wear a women’s medium glove. These are unisex-sized and the S fits perfectly.
Other Great Ibex Gear
Ibex doesn’t have much in the way of women’s bike-specific gear now, but here’s a few other recommendations:
Their Bicycleta knit cap keeps head and ears warm under your helmet.
The women’s Izzi pant, while not bike-specific, is totally comfortable for riding, as well as other athletic activities.
They’re great for commuting. You’re comfortable on the bike, and look and feel put-together in the workplace. Being wool, they don’t absorb sweat or get smelly.
On colder or windy days, I you’ll probably want a base layer. They’re not padded, but they’re stretchy enough to accommodate padded undies or shorts.
Check out their women’s long sleeve tops for winter riding. None are bike-specific but some work well both on and off bike.