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    Front rack help

    I am in need of a front rack and bag with a map case that's compatible with pursuit bars. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    A little background to my question. I am currently settling on a fixed gear bike to tackle long distance cycling. I have built the bike and have found the pursuit bars are a perfect fit and are comfortable and offer more than enough hand positions. The problem that I face is that I have installed both front and rear brakes for safety reasons and I am using cross top levers mounted close to the stem on both sides. I need a front bag setup that won't interfere with access to the brake levers.

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    take a look at the Dill Pickle handlebar bags.
    could be just what you are looking for.

    https://www.dillpicklegear.com/store...ory&path=76_74

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    If you get a bag that uses the KilckFix attachment system then KlickFix makes an extension piece to put the bag about 5cm more in front of the bars than normal. That should give plenty of clearance for your levers. However, when using the extension I have found that the bag bounces around a bit more than is ideal. Without the extension, I've managed to mount CX/interruptor levers behind a KilckFix bag, although I've had to angle the levers down quite a lot - probably about 60 degrees below horizontal, which is again not ideal.

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    Appreciate the advice. Looks like that might just be the bag I'm looking for.

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    One other thing to consider is how much weight you're going to put up front and how the bike will handle it. If your bike has track geometry beyond the pursuit bars, weight up front might do bad things to the handling. You can get some rough idea of what might happen by strapping/tying some weight onto the front of your handlebars. Tie/prop it up as best you can to approximate the position a handlebar bag would be in, and ride up and down the street a few times. (If you can tie it up securely enough, try riding down a hill with it, too) You can estimate the weight of whatever bag(s) you're considering, added to the estimated weight of the contents.
    Depending on the results, you might find you're better off putting the weight in back and using only a small map case and small top tube box/bag/handlebar roll/whatever up front for small things you want access to while riding.

    If I'm making faulty assumptions that you've got track geometry along with your pursuit bars, feel free to disregard the above.

    FWIW, I'm also a long distance fixie rider (and I'm the maker of Dill Pickle bags, in interests of full disclosure). Good luck!

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    Makes perfect sense. Yes I'm riding track geo . I'll have to look into that. Thanks.

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    Can you help me out with ideas for just a map case? Thanks. Also I'm interested in one of your larger saddle bags.

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    The easiest, simplest way to go is to zip-tie a binder clip to your stem and put your cuesheet inside a ziploc bag. A quart-sized one works well for a folded-in-quarters piece of paper; a gallon-sized one works for a full sheet (you can still fold it in the bag). Often times the name brand ones and the freezer ones have white areas for labeling, so avoid those and get the off-brand ones or the lighter-weight ones with no writing on them. There are also map cases with velcro that can go around the bars; can't remember brand names off the top of my head, but I don't think they're hard to find.

    Re. saddlebag, better to contact me through my website than on the forum.

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    I ride brevets fixed (track geo) and use a large dill Pickle saddle bag.
    I couldn't be more pleased.
    I used to use ziplock and binder clips for my cue sheets.
    These days I use a Garmin.(two actually;just in case...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    I ride brevets fixed (track geo) and use a large dill Pickle saddle bag.
    I couldn't be more pleased.
    I used to use ziplock and binder clips for my cue sheets.
    These days I use a Garmin.(two actually;just in case...)
    I also used a set of Dill Pickle bags on a fixed gear 600K last weekend, and they worked very well. Here is a picture after the ride:
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetinUz View Post
    I also used a set of Dill Pickle bags on a fixed gear 600K last weekend, and they worked very well. Here is a picture after the ride:
    Very nice. Really like that land shark. Thought of ordering one myself.

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