This might sound like rant. You've been warned.
I spent over an HOUR trying to get the threads of the bolt to catch the threads of the barrel washer. That teeny, tiny, barrel washer. It's still not together.
Any Arkel handlebar bag owners have any helpful hints? (or am I the only one who has had this problem?)
The problem seems to be the angle of entry...seems as though I can't tighten the bracket enough before trying to bolt it together...the bracket is too "open". Visualize something along the lines of the jaws of an animal...too open...I need it to be more closed for the bolt to align properly (or seems like this is the case, anyway). However, I can't bend metal this thick, which is what needs to be done to get these parts closer together.
The reason is something along these lines. Whatever the explanation, IT SHOULDN'T BE THIS DIFFICULT.
BTW, I also tried putting the bracket together w/o the spacers. I got the bolt into the washer just fine, however, even at the most-open but bolt-still-in-the-washer setting, I couldn't get both spacers between the handlebar and bracket. The bolt, when just barely in the washer, is tightening the space just enough to make it impossible to slip the second spacer in. Grrrrrr.
Would longer bolts work? In theory, a longer bolt would catch the washer threads sooner, thus maintaining the spacing between the handlebars and the bracket enough to slip in both spacers. (???? )