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Old 10-31-15, 02:27 AM   #1
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mounting sleeping bag on handlebar

trying to figure out the best way to do this without rubbing the tire or the head tube. I have a bar extension. MTB Bike Bicycle Handlebar Lamp Bracket Holder Phone Extender Mount Extension | eBay

the sleeping bag set has a bivy, mummy sack, and air pad, weighing a total of approx 6 lbs, so not so light

any ideas?


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It might be off topic, but that is one sexy touring bike. What groupset and gears are you running? what are the brakes and wheelset? how wide are you Marathon Supremes? how heavy is the bike?, what frame is that?
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Carried my air mattress under the bars.

Sleeping bag on the rear of the bike.



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I use a Revelate Designs harness with a dry bag. Works great.

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I don't think I have a picture of it but I have used a bar roll by using two straps and two short (1.5" long maybe) pieces of PVC pipe as spacers. The strap goes through the pipe, around the bar, around the sleeping bag, and back to the buckle. It held securely and the pvc spacer kept the load away from the bar.

I found it to work just fine and to be a very inexpensive solution compared to fancier bar roll accessories. A $2.49 set of Coughlin's straps and a few inches of 3/4" pvc pipe is a lot cheaper than any of the solutions from Revelate or other bikepacking bag company. Where the fancier solutions might be better is when the load is something that doesn't attach securely with just the straps.
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I use a Revelate Designs harness with a dry bag. Works great.

are they Carbon deep section rims? how deep are they? and how do you find touring on them?
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are they Carbon deep section rims? how deep are they? and how do you find touring on them?
No, the rims are Velocity Ailerons. Excellent rims for touring and commuting. Very strong, as are most Velocity rims, and take a wide range of tires.
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It might be off topic, but that is one sexy touring bike. What groupset and gears are you running? what are the brakes and wheelset? how wide are you Marathon Supremes? how heavy is the bike?, what frame is that?
glad you like it. 8x3 drive train with ultegra bar end shifters. everything else is low end (alivio/deore derailleurs, gxp crankset, origin 8 chainrings 48/40/30). mavic 29er wheels. marathon supreme 35's. and a gel saddle i found at my bike shop that I found to be quite comfortable. if it allows me to ride without chamois, I'll sell the brooks. around 22.5 lbs without the frame bag and pump
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i think the sleeping bag I have is much too large to clear the tire from beneath the handlebar. I will have to mount it to the front of the handlebar, which means I will need some kind of support structure.
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How about using a longer, but skinnier stuff sack? Maybe a dry bag. I re-purposed a chair bag as a stuff sack as an experiment and gained a lot of clearance that way.

What sleeping bag are you using? Down bags pack smaller, but you have to be more careful with them.
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i think I got it. get a cheap set of aero bars, mount them upside down, and hang the sleeping bag on the bars with a bungee. BRILLIANT
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I don't put my bag up front, because it is one thing I never use all day long. But I could carry it on the mini porter rack with low riders that I use.
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Oveja Negra makes a very economic harness.

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Surly 'junk straps' are super useful, its a toestrap buckle with a yard of nylon strap.

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these are super useful, even for folks who don't ski:

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before you get the aerobars (although that is a great idea, but I would run them so you can use them...) - look at a narrower dry bag and you can stiffen it up with one of those flexible cutting boards cut down with rounded edges...
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This is completely off topic, but I have the same frame bag as you. I found it to fit much better in my frame and make it easier to get my bottle in and out if I added two straps, one for the head tube and one for the downtube. I assume you have bottle cage mounts on your seat tube too.

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i think I got it. get a cheap set of aero bars, mount them upside down, and hang the sleeping bag on the bars with a bungee. BRILLIANT
I agree hanging a bag below the bars will hit the tire but give it a try using non stretchy straps. I don't see a problem with it rubbing the head tube, just put some cloth tape on the head tube. I wonder if aero bars would extend the load out too far and high, how about aero bars or bar ends that drop down and forward of the stem and lay your load lengthwise from the top of the stem onto the clips/aero bars. A place to rest your chin on descents but more importantly get the load behind the front wheel.

just thought of something, maybe I missed it but is anything mounting behind your seat? wrt the front gear break up those different items in such a way that you can put one item above the aero bars/bar ends and another below with straps holding them together and back against the stem. And if nothing is planned for the seat put the rest there. If camp pad is small it could go beneath with bag in compression sack on top and bivy behind seat?

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i think the sleeping bag I have is much too large to clear the tire from beneath the handlebar. I will have to mount it to the front of the handlebar, which means I will need some kind of support structure.
Get a compression bag
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Not on the topic of mounting stuff to things but I do dig the bike. I haven't seen any set ups quite like that. I love my aerobars on my fixed gear but it is cool to see them on a non-tri/non-SSFG and used for touring.
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Not on the topic of mounting stuff to things but I do dig the bike. I haven't seen any set ups quite like that. I love my aerobars on my fixed gear but it is cool to see them on a non-tri/non-SSFG and used for touring.
A friend of mine uses those bars too, also with bar end shifters set up that way. His bike is the one closest to the camera. Unfortunately I do no have a better photo.

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This is completely off topic, but I have the same frame bag as you. I found it to fit much better in my frame and make it easier to get my bottle in and out if I added two straps, one for the head tube and one for the downtube. I assume you have bottle cage mounts on your seat tube too.

excellent idea. yea the water bottle was a little awkward where it's at now. how did you add your straps?
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excellent idea. yea the water bottle was a little awkward where it's at now. how did you add your straps?
I hand sewed on two nylon straps, one at headtube and one at bottom for downtube, each strap was very short and then I fed some two sided Velcro (yellow color in photo) between the bag and that strap. The material of the bag is very tough, I had to use a pliers to hold the needle to push the needle thru the fabric, I remember that because I badly bent up the needle. I spent maybe a half hour on that while listening to some mindless tv show.



You can just barely see some black stuff under the yellow two sided Velcro, I wrapped inner tube rubber around the painted finish first to protect the paint from chaffing. And that Velcro is wrapped on pretty tight so that the rubber won't rub on the paint.

As you can see from my first photo (that you linked to), the shape of the bag fit perfect in my frame, but you would have to take a good look at your frame to see if the shape is right.
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last tour was on SS with aerobars with my down sleeping bag tied under the aerobars with clothsline. a 1x1x14 inch piece of wood (okay a stick), that i found along the road, served as support when i found that the clothesline was displacing the bulk of the bag and digging in, and consequently loosening the bag from the aerobars. i found that mounting the bag on top of the aerobars was also an option.

once again proving that necessity is indeed the mother of, if not invention, improvisation.

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A friend of mine uses those bars too, also with bar end shifters set up that way. His bike is the one closest to the camera. Unfortunately I do no have a better photo.

Cool. I had been thinking about a similar set up for an ultimate commuter bike that has been roaming around in my head.
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