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    More handlebar room

    More handlebar room

    Hello everyone, I received my first cyclocross bike today and I started moving the gadgets from my old bike to my new bike when I ran into a problem. I had a light and handlebar mount for my GPS on my old bike (beach cruiser) but with the 2nd set of brakes on the top bar those two gadgets wonít fit.
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=1004
    http://www.argear.com/gear/grcateyeh...bikelight.html
    Is there any type of ďthingĒ out there that can attach to my handlebar to give me a horizontal bar for these types of gadgets?
    Thanks

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    Here is one, your LBS should have something..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLW2 View Post
    Here is one, your LBS should have something..
    Yes! Thanks. It was either that or PVC pipe painted and duct tape (no not really).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetadam View Post
    Yes! Thanks. It was either that or PVC pipe painted and duct tape (no not really).
    There are some DIYrs on the forums that did the painted (some plastic pipe comes in black) PVC thing and it works just fine. They did use a better mount than duct tape though..... think it was an automotive stainless steel hose clamp

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    Take a look at my Fenix Headlights Page and you see some info about Viewpoint Spacebars and also reference to the Nitto Lamp Holder (which can be found at Milwaukee Bicycle Co. / Ben's Cycle). Those are a couple of options for expanding handlebar real estate.
    Last edited by varuscelli; 10-04-07 at 12:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetadam View Post
    Yes! Thanks. It was either that or PVC pipe painted and duct tape (no not really).
    Why not?
    PVC plastic pipe wrapped with black electrical tape and mounted to the handlebar with EMT conduit hangers. If you want it to look really nice paint the conduit hangers black and use road bar tape instead of black electrical tape.

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    LOL! n4zou, it looks like there is an additional bar in front of the PVC pipe that's held by another EMT conduit...what is it?

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    I found this to be the most dreadful cycling related purchase i have ever made. The clamp fell into a bazillion pieces before i ever got it installed and then i broke it trying to put it back together. It went straight into the trash. Definitely NOT user friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronMac View Post
    LOL! n4zou, it looks like there is an additional bar in front of the PVC pipe that's held by another EMT conduit...what is it?
    I am part of a Trail Watch volunteer group on a local MUP. The Sheriff gave everyone of us what he called a police bike blinkie. It strobes Red-White-Blue back and fourth like the light bar on a cruiser, it's just smaller. It's so bright I needed a shield between it and my eyes. I put the PVC pipe on and positioned it between the blinkie and my eyes.

    It's extremely effective at stopping traffic at road crossings and getting ped's out of the way.

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    I ended up buying a Swing Grip from my LBS and it works pretty well. It shakes a little while riding but it's manageable. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts in such a short amount of time.

    -GadgetAdam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis View Post


    I found this to be the most dreadful cycling related purchase i have ever made. The clamp fell into a bazillion pieces before i ever got it installed and then i broke it trying to put it back together. It went straight into the trash. Definitely NOT user friendly.
    Yeah, but it looks cool -- and that's what really counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n4zou View Post
    I am part of a Trail Watch volunteer group on a local MUP. The Sheriff gave everyone of us what he called a police bike blinkie. It strobes Red-White-Blue back and fourth like the light bar on a cruiser, it's just smaller. It's so bright I needed a shield between it and my eyes. I put the PVC pipe on and positioned it between the blinkie and my eyes.

    It's extremely effective at stopping traffic at road crossings and getting ped's out of the way.
    Wow! That's really cool! Is there anywhere I can get one of those if I want to make a spectacle out of myself?

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    With these conflicting opinions on the Minoura, the PVC pipe is looking to be an attractive choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronMac View Post
    Wow! That's really cool! Is there anywhere I can get one of those if I want to make a spectacle out of myself?
    Sure. You could get lights here that would likely put that one to shame.

    Police Bicycle Lights at The Police Bike Store

    Just break out your Police Officer's Association Amex card and you're in.

    And while you're at it, add one of these:

    Police Bike Siren at The Police Bike Store

    Hoo-AHH! Gotta love The Police Bike Store...

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    LOL! The Lightman Commuter Bicycle Strobe Light is pretty hot stuff...too many people on here would probably complain about it leading to seizures though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varuscelli View Post
    Sure. You could get lights here that would likely put that one to shame.
    PS...

    In rereading my comments, that was not meant as disrespect to the light that n4zou has on the front of his bike. I think that in order to actually have one of those on your bike without getting in trouble with the local police department, you have to earn it (i.e., be a trusted community member who goes out of the way to contribute in some area). I don't think that they let just anyone use those those red and blue flashers and I'm appreciative of that fact, n4zou. Kudos (sincerely) for the level of trust you seem to have with your locals. You've got my respect, man.




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    Quote Originally Posted by varuscelli View Post
    PS...

    In rereading my comments, that was not meant as disrespect to the light that n4zou has on the front of his bike. I think that in order to actually have one of those on your bike without getting in trouble with the local police department, you have to earn it (i.e., be a trusted community member who goes out of the way to contribute in some area). I don't think that they let just anyone use those those red and blue flashers and I'm appreciative of that fact, n4zou. Kudos (sincerely) for the level of trust you seem to have with your locals. You've got my respect, man.



    We went through 3 weeks of training at the Sheriffs office to get Trail Watch certified. It was hard work and only half the people that showed up the first night graduated. We still donít have arrest authority or permitted to carry but we were issued radios so we can call the police departments directly and inform responders where they need to be to catch offenders or find injured persons. We have made a huge impact since the Sheriff started the Trail Watch program. 21 4-wheelers, 2 motorcycles, and 6 horses were confiscated and their operators/riders arrested in the first month of operation Safe Trails. We donít even count the number of tires patched or bicycles repaired as the numbers are so high considering we now have 32 miles of paved path. This path connects to another paved rail trail 69 miles in length and both trails have become one of the most utilized rails to trails systems in the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n4zou View Post
    We went through 3 weeks of training at the Sheriffs office to get Trail Watch certified. It was hard work and only half the people that showed up the first night graduated. We still donít have arrest authority or permitted to carry but we were issued radios so we can call the police departments directly and inform responders where they need to be to catch offenders or find injured persons. We have made a huge impact since the Sheriff started the Trail Watch program. 21 4-wheelers, 2 motorcycles, and 6 horses were confiscated and their operators/riders arrested in the first month of operation Safe Trails. We donít even count the number of tires patched or bicycles repaired as the numbers are so high considering we now have 32 miles of paved path. This path connects to another paved rail trail 69 miles in length and both trails have become one of the most utilized rails to trails systems in the USA.
    Hey, thanks for elaborating. Pretty cool stuff...

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