Touring - Mounting items on handlebars - how/how many do you have?
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08-25-10, 01:23 AM
Out of idle curiosity, I have been looking at Internet pictures of touring bike "cockpits" - items mounted on handlebars and how they are mounted (not including shifters, brakes, brifters, barcons). I'm in the middle of (re-)designing my own setup and was wondering what people here have done.:thumb:
My current list of items that I'm planning on mounting includes: dual mirrors, a gps, a cycle computer, at least 1 headlight (considering duals), handlebar bag. I'm considering adding a speaker for my mp3 player (I hate the idea of wearing earphones while riding).
Anyone have any items specifically for touring that I haven't listed/considered above?
Who uses handlebar extenders/extensions (ex., Minoura Space Grip) or something similar?
Who's done something unique or unusual?
08-25-10, 01:38 AM
None.. I have a Mirrycle grip bell on one side and the Rohloff shifter on the other side..
2 stem stack I have a short stem below the main one.. it has my handlebar bag mounted on there , If I was so motivated I could stick a longer tube in the lower handle bar Bag mounting stem and load more stuff there .
My previously used tour bike I got my computer mounted hidden between the cantilever brake on the fork blade and the top of the low rider rack..
intentionally off the handlebar.. nothing to 'grow legs' while parked and not be there
when I come back.
I ignore the electronics and look at where I'm traveling thru .. and read road signs,
paper maps + read a compass.
to know where I am .. and Pick where I want to go next ..
My light is closer to the road on the hoop of the rack right, side right above the bag.
on the Rohloff bike Its on the fork crown, under the bar bag.
for music i whistle hum sing etc ... as a Musician I got decades of tunes in my head..
you need electronics distractions when just being alive is miraculous enough?
08-25-10, 01:55 AM
for music i whistle hum sing etc ... as a Musician I got decades of tunes in my head..um, grown men run away in fear while holding their hands over their ears when I whistle, sing, hum, etc.
I've got a small bicycle computer and that's it, my headlamp is situated on the crown.
oooh, and I forgot the main thing: the handlebar bag (Arkel Big Bar Bag).
and a bell of course.
08-25-10, 03:03 AM
I'm waiting for my Ortlieb (sp?) bag to show up. But I don't think it will fit the way my cables run. I've very interested in the "extra" bar ideas and would love to see them :)
LHT in Madison
08-25-10, 09:01 AM
I have to remove the light if I use my handlebar bag. But if I put on my handlebar bag the light would shine on the bag instead of the road, so not a problem.
The handlebar bag that I use is a few decades old, it has the steel rod type of support that just barely fits next to and under the GPS.
It took some time and effort measuring to get my cyclocross type brake levers installed just right so that I could get all of this stuff on the bar.
I am considering adding a second stem for the handlebar bag.
I tried a bell with built in compass but there were too many magnetic components that messed up the compass, especially the bolts in the stem.
08-25-10, 09:06 AM
Here is my current "cockpit (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/pics/docs/00/00/71/67/small/100_1776.JPG?v=1)":
When I bought my gps I had to remove my beloved orca (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/pics/docs/00/00/38/61/small/Double_Stem_Side_View.JPG?v=7H).
Now I can't go beep beep to people I pass. I may have to resurrect my Minoura thingamabob that I had on my old bike to put more junk on my bars. ;)
Vetta V100 computer, AA-powered LED front light, and NiteRider universal mount for the big rig.
Spacer-mounted bell from Velo Orange and Wisecracker spacer-mounted bottle opener from Ahrens.
If I get ambitious, I might try to mount the computer on the stem (like I do with the Sigma computer on my other bike).
08-25-10, 01:16 PM
I keep a pretty bare dashboard, but since you seem to be into gadgets and data, I would suggest a bubble inclinometer. Google for Sky Mounti. It would be interesting (albeit mostly useless) to know if you're actually on a false flat, or what the steepest part of a climb is.
I dislike clutter and gadgetry.
On tour I'll have a bar bag mounted to the bars, with map case on top. For daily use, no bag/maps.
My Cateye computer mounts on the top tube when I tour, just aft of the head tube.
My mirror is on my helmet and my headlight is on the caliper brake mount in the fork crown, with the battery hanging under the stem.
As a former marine NCO, my "command voice" is more effective than any horn I care to employ.
08-25-10, 03:29 PM
since you seem to be into gadgets and data <snip>
Assuming you meant me, the OP, this isn't defensive but rather explanatory:
dual mirrors, a gps, a cycle computer, at least 1 headlight (considering duals), handlebar bag.
safety items - mirrors, headlight(s)
................previously unlisted - weather/am/fm radio (doubles as entertainment system/mp3 backup)
routing - cycle computer (basic distance/time data as I don't wear a watch)
................gps (I actually consider this as backup to paper maps and for distance/direction[computer&compass])
................previously unlisted - map holder (actually, this is the primary system for nightly planning,
................................................the gps is the backup for me until I enter the desired route)
pure luxury - speaker (from a safety perspective, I consider these less isolating than ear buds
................................which I will carry as a backup to the speaker)
Gadget/data happy? Shrug, maybe. Obviously I look at most items as safety or routing related.
Now if I could just find & install a "non-human powered" cruise control.....
FWIW, believe it or not, in a few locations, bells are required by law - no horns allowed by law, and command voice doesn't count, by law.
08-25-10, 03:46 PM
BDop bicycling has a great dashboard - called the Super Delux - that's my bike on his webpage........
P.S. it's the only piece of carbon fibre I have on my bike......
08-25-10, 04:22 PM
Ortlieb bar bag is all... Computer/GPS mounts on stem.
08-25-10, 04:37 PM
Just the mount for my front light on the handlebars, SA shifter, bell and computer on stem.
08-25-10, 07:58 PM
I only use one ear bud, keep the volume low, and make sure its in my RIGHT ear so that I can hear traffic on my left. Works like a charm. A speaker is going to sound like ****, or be heavy. One or the other. Its also really annoying for other road users to have someone blaring their favorite music that no one else likes.
08-26-10, 04:37 AM
Handle bar bag
08-26-10, 05:42 AM
I have a handle bar mounted water bottle cage. I have a water bottle with a piece of plastic tubing that serves as a straw. This was I can hydrate without taking my hands off the bars. Ultra low tech but works very nicely. Due to the design of my bike I can put the handle bar bag behind the handle bars instead of in front of them. I also have my Garmin 705 (this is very useful). For the light I mounted it on the fork so it doesn't take up any bar space.
08-26-10, 06:06 AM
Just a bike computer and nothing else except brifters is mounted on the bar.
My handlebar bag isn't mounted on the bar; it sits on a little rack that is attached to the canti brake bosses. I don't have a bell, gps, mirror, or bike mounted headlight.
09-28-10, 11:27 PM
I've been wondering just how much stuff guys and gals can squeeze in on their handlebars. And going down onto the top tube, too. That's innovative.
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