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Old 01-16-10, 06:50 PM   #1
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I need room for more stuff

I have been searching at length to find a solution to my problem. The problem is that with a handlebar bag on my bars my headlight is to low to shine over the top of it.

My bike currently is set up with cantilevers so I can't use a thorn accessory bar, as it interferes with where the brake cable housing comes up.

I have seen the Minoura swing bar and the one from Topeak but I have read many reviews that say they are poor quality or insanely difficult to mount.

Does anyone have any other options I haven't heard about?
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Old 01-16-10, 07:07 PM   #2
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I have a similar problem and am fiddling around with mounting the light on my handlebars on the drop section- between the brake lever and the section that points backwards. I'm not thrilled with this, but it's the best I've come up with. Also think that there must be someway to mount it on the "hoop" in the front rack )(the section that crosses over the front wheel. Just dont have the right size tubing on the rack to accommodate the mount of my headlight. Suppose I could built up the "hoop" until it was the right thickness.
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My headlight is mounted on the crossover of my front rack.

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My headlight is mounted on the crossover of my front rack.
What is the device that is attached to the rack?
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Old 01-16-10, 08:49 PM   #5
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I think it's a Minoura Space Grip. I just adapted a cheap handlebar extension for computers to fit the rack cross-over by shortening the metal strap.
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or you can always use one of these

And the less expensive option, welding a bit of handlebar to an M5 bolt
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A buddy fashioned a short piece of pvc pipe that I think he filled with epoxy to make a light mount on his Blackburn rack crossover. Works great.
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Mine is just wrapped with electrical tape to get the right thickness to make a secure mount. It's never moved on me, even after lots of heavy off roading...

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or you can always use one of these
Those look great, but I wonder if they would interfere with front panniers.
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Thanks for the responses. The easiest and cheapest was just to build up the crossover on my front rack and just attach it to that. Thanks for the ideas, that one had not crosses my mind. Now I just need to go put it to use to make sure it stays in place. That's what Sundays are for.
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My headlight is mounted on the crossover of my front rack.

excellent set up have you any more pic's thanks.
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Carradice barbags have a light mount on the underside. Maybe others do too?
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Here is my solution for additional space. I wanted a double stem but couldn't mount one the conventional way due to canti brakes and the brake cable hanger.
The stems I have are BBB HighSix adjustable 130mm and 90mm. This setup allows me to have a handlebar bag along with my light, Computer and GPS. The second stem attaches to the neck of the primary stem and then I have a piece of 1-1/8" dia. aluminum tube. My accessory layout has changed since I took these pictures with my computer on the lower bar, light on top and GPS on top. You can also cap the ends of the aluminum tube and use it to carry rolled up maps, cash or whatever you can fit into a 1-1/8" tube.

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