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Offline Rixtoy

Handlebar bag conundrum . . .
« on: February 22, 2021, 10:28:36 pm »
I am guessing this has been discussed, but my search provided no joy . . .
I am interested in the Ortleib handlebar bag, but am not seeing how to integrate a clean bracket attachment for Garmin GPs and GoPro with the bag there.
My Trek 520 has a nice duo mount in the center of the stem for GPs on top and GoPro (or light) below, but the bag will block the GoPro.

I guess a handle bar GoPro mount fixed to the side of the Ortleib bag might work?

I do have a front rack and could forego the Handlebar bag for a trunk bag on the front rack which sits lower than the GoPro.
That might be an optimal solution.

Thoughts or implemented solutions?

Thanks.

Online John Nettles

Re: Handlebar bag conundrum . . .
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 10:50:55 pm »
Here are a couple suggestions:

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories/thorn-accessory-bar-mk2-t-shaped-105-mm-extension-254-mm-0-deg/?geoc=US   Mount the bar below the handlebar and then you have more real estate.  However, the devices get in the way of the map case.

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-273U  With this one you can use a handlebar mount as the base and add whatever arms, holders, etc.  RAM Mounts has a huge variety of cases, holders, etc. so you can mount about anything.  Very secure products will not have your device bounce out.  I use RAM Mounts to mount my GPS to the handlebar and position in line with the stem. 

Tailwinds, John

Offline misterflask

Re: Handlebar bag conundrum . . .
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2021, 11:13:48 pm »
This might help:
https://www.amazon.com/Topeak-60001001-The-Bar-Extender/dp/B000FIAVN8
I used one for a while; it was ok.  I replaced it with a piece of dowel mounted crosswise at the top of the steerer, but this wouldn't solve your Gopro height problem.

I've fabricated several brackets that fastened to the brake/fender bolt hole in the fork.  They are out of the way and pretty rigid.  A photo of a simple one for a light is attached.



Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Handlebar bag conundrum . . .
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2021, 09:05:18 am »
I've got the Thorn bar John Nettles mentioned on one bike.  It's very solid and it works well.  I've got the accessory bar angled down, so the bag is below the "real" bar.  It's still handy to wrestle with the Ortlieb release for 5 seconds, pop the bag off, and carry it with me to preserve valuables like wallet, camera, and cell phone when I'm running inside (to a bathroom, convenience store, or diner).

Just writing this made me stop and wonder why I haven't done the same thing with my other bike.  Inertia, I guess.

Offline Rixtoy

Re: Handlebar bag conundrum . . .
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2021, 09:41:38 am »
I've got the Thorn bar John Nettles mentioned on one bike.  It's very solid and it works well.  I've got the accessory bar angled down, so the bag is below the "real" bar.  It's still handy to wrestle with the Ortlieb release for 5 seconds, pop the bag off, and carry it with me to preserve valuables like wallet, camera, and cell phone when I'm running inside (to a bathroom, convenience store, or diner).

Just writing this made me stop and wonder why I haven't done the same thing with my other bike.  Inertia, I guess.

Now, that is a unique solution - put the handle bar bag on the extension bar below the stock bars.

Will definitely look into that.

Thanks.