I needed a solution for my new bike, the basket that I use on my old one wouldn't withstand the bumps and jostles of trail riding and my new bike can. After looking at various handlebar bags on the market I was not satisfied, most of them lacked something that I was looking for:
responsibility/consciousness of the company
The Side Effect started to be a contender, but I wasn't 100% sure if it would work until I read Lani's review. I got one before I got my bike and was then unsure of how to attach it to the bike in a way that was both secure, but non marring to the handlebars. My original though, that I sadly quickly dismissed, of two key straps into the end o-rings did the trick!
The bike came home tonight, hence the nasty garage photo, and I got to strap it on. The fit is perfect. Tomorrow I will give it a test and see if everything rides/wears like it does in my mind. My only concern is that the bag either bounces too much or slips and slides around. I will be using it for some things that won't matter like my wallet and a mini first aid kit, but for my iphone, it will matter.
I love how Tom Bihn bags are versatile enough to have multiple uses. Many bags that I have owned in the past were good for one purpose, to try to make them work for other uses left something lacking. So far, many of my Tom Bihn bags have many applications in which they are useful. To me this just adds value and makes me fall in love the bags even more!
eta I temporarily forgot how to post pics, sorry.