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Old 01-25-07, 08:12 AM   #1
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Trekking bars and front handlebar bags

I'm thinking of getting a trekking bar to replace my drop handlebars. However, before I pull the trigger, can anyone tell me if there will be a problem putting a front handlebar bag on? At the moment I have a Cannondale front bag which has a mounting bracket and was looking at the Nashbar handlebars (http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...%20Handlebars).

Looking at the handlebars, it's hard to tell if I'll be able to mount a front bag.
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Old 01-25-07, 09:17 AM   #2
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Here are some pics... I have these bars actually and love them. I have the Arkel normal size front bag. Hope this gives you an Idea.

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Old 01-25-07, 09:50 AM   #3
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Thanks very much. It looks like your handlebar bag sticks out from the bars a lot more than mine. Did you extend the mount, or did it come that way? Any chance you have a photo directly from the top? And were those the Nashbar bars?

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They are standard Arkel Mounts for there bag.... Ya it was the nashbar Bars... I can get a pic tonight for ya. I just mounted the same bars on my girls Cross Check and she has the same handle bar bags. Looks NICE hehehe.
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hey thanks for your help. Appreciate it.
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You may very well have a problem with a handlebar bag and trekking handlebars. It depends on the mounting system of the bag you select. I am using an Ortleib bag and the standard mounting bracket would not work, but they offer a long extension mount that worked fine, here is a photo.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p..._id=17715&v=a5

No way to know until you mount or try to mount the bag.
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I have Nashbar treking bars on my LHT and also have the medium sized Topeak bag. It works like it was made for that bar. Fits great and leaves plenty of hand room.
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Please pardon the tangent but what brand radio is that? Does it work well? TIA.
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Please pardon the tangent but what brand radio is that? Does it work well? TIA.
It is a Sangean DT-210V, I was looking for a small radio that had digital scan and a speaker. At that time it was the only thing I could find, but I think there are more options now. This radio gets very good reception, scans stations well, good battery life. It's downside is that the speaker is really only loud enough on a empty country road, if you have traffic noise you need the ear buds. I use the ear buds sometimes but am not a big fan of them.
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Well I took the jump and went for it.

$15 handlebars from Nashbar, $17 Tektro MT2.1s (I have Avid road discs, so I needed levers that would work) and I won an auction on ebay last night for some SRAM attack Gripshift shifters for $20 that also included cables. I have some spare tape and brake cables, so I should be good to try this out. I ended up spending about $65 in total including shipping for a conversion, not too bad.

Hopefully I'll still be able to fit my handlebar bag, if I can't I'll just keep the drops and use the parts else where as I find the front bag too essential for me.
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I had the same problem with my Ortlieb bag and had to order the special extension. The bag would just barely fit without the extension but was difficult to attach. Here is a photo...

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Old Hammer boy, is this the one you have? And do you have any photos?
http://www.topeak.com/2007/products/...urguidehbb.php

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Old Hammer boy, is this the one you have? And do you have any photos?
http://www.topeak.com/2007/products/...urguidehbb.php
Yep. I have both the smallest one for short rides, and the large one with side pockets for tours. They both work well. You can go here to see how it looks>> http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p..._id=44716&v=a4

That's the smaller bag, but the bigger one fits just fine.
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