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    Swift and T-Bar

    Some pictures of Swifts that I've noticed on this site have a T-bar attached to the stem riser and on it a handlebar bag (eg. Carradice or Topeak, etc.). One of the benefits of the T-bar seems to me that lights on are not hidden by the handlebar. Where can I find such a T-bar? I didn't notice any on the Topeak or Carradice sites. Thank you.

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    Minoura make such a thing.
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    Not sure how you missed this on Topeak's site

    http://www.topeak.com/2007/products/...arxtndmain.php

    I assume this is the sort of thing that you are referring to.
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    Specific Extender

    I found this picture in the forum a while ago and couldn't tell which 'extender' was used. I believe the handlebar bag is Carradice. I'm interested in something similar. That is, an extender that can hold the weight of a small handlebar bag and not just a light or cycle computer. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aspis View Post
    I found this picture in the forum a while ago and couldn't tell which 'extender' was used. I believe the handlebar bag is Carradice. I'm interested in something similar. That is, an extender that can hold the weight of a small handlebar bag and not just a light or cycle computer. Thank you.
    That was my posting. The T bar can be found on a UK cycling site www.sjscycles.co.uk (look under Lighting - Accessory fitting brackets) and comes in two sizes (as measured front to back). It fits the standard 1 1/8 steerer tubes and is lightweight but very strong. It is similar to a handlebar stem in construction but with a cross bar at the end. It is very useful. I have used it to hold lights just above the fork crown or (as at present) midway down the steerer tube to carry a bar bag. The bag in the photo is an AGU and the Rixen/Kaul bracket attaches to the T bar easily, although you will need to increase the bar's diameter with some tape or rubber packing.

    A great idea that really is very useful.

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    Just had a thought! If you have a handlebar stem and an old handlebar or piece of metal tube you could make your own T bar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait View Post
    Just had a thought! If you have a handlebar stem and an old handlebar or piece of metal tube you could make your own T bar!
    Alex Wetmore on the YAK group described that very solution too. For the mini project, I picked up aluminum tubes here ...

    http://onlinemetals.com/

    -G

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