Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Victoria, BC
Bikes: Bridgestone MB-5, Rocky Mountain Oxygen Race, Surly LHT, Specialized Roubaix Expert, Marinoni Sportivo, Steelwool Tweed
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I have tried this with a double stem setup. I have a lower stem (specifically for extension mounting, purchased from SJS cycles) that is used for the handlebar bag and an upper stem that is used for the handlebars. This keeps the handlebar bag separated from the handlebars.
I did try this setup with cross levers and it did not work very well. I could never get enough clearance to use the cross levers properly while the bar bag was mounted. So I finally just removed the cross levers, which were much less useful that I hoped anyway.
Here is a photo with an Arkel Big Bar Bag: