Touring - Bar bag plus in line brake levers?
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09-06-08, 06:03 PM
I am setting up a 2nd hand touring bike at the moment and I bought some in line levers to add to the drops but then thought I wouldn't be able to use them and fit a bar bag. Doing a search I came across this post which has pics that seem to show both coexiting.
Has anyone any experience of a similar setup?
09-07-08, 05:07 AM
It appears that in those pictures, the in line levers are angled downward quite a bit and don't seem to interfere with the bag whatsoever. Depending on which manufacturer you choose, the mounting bracket for the bar bag might clear the in line levers (i.e. Arkel.)
I've seen other set-ups where a second stem is mounted below the main stem to mount a bag on, however I think this was done moreso to overcome the problem of STIs, not in lines. Maybe it'll help you out though? Here is a link to a site about the double stems (http://mgagnon.net/velo/potence-double.en.shtml)
I've got in lines AND STIs but haven't yet mustered the need/desire to figure out how I want to overcome the dilemma...good luck
09-08-08, 04:47 PM
Looks like the bike has Specialized cross levers and an Ortlieb handlebar bag mounting bracket attached.
I have these two items exactly, mounted together just like in this photo. They worked great together. There is definitely an angle range for the cross levers where:
- your fingers don't brush up against the bag too much
- but, levers are still at a reasonable angle to grab.
For sure, when the handlebar bag isn't mounted on my handlebars I tend to rotate the cross levers up a bit more... but when it is mounted, there is a reasonable compromise where the levers and bag can coexist.
09-09-08, 12:46 PM
I've used Specialized cross levers and a Topeak bag/bracket. The levers are close to 45 degrees and I have decent hand clearance. I did find I needed the Topeak locking cable to keep the bracket from slipping down on the bars though.
09-10-08, 04:42 PM
Thanks for the replies. I fitted the levers and prefer them angled down anyway. Hopefully they will still be accessible if I get a barbag.
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