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    Anyone use Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Handlebar Bag?

    I am new to this neck of woods of BF but I did have a quick question.

    Was curious if anyone was using this or not. I am interested in buying one but curious if I could also keep my mounted handlebar light or if I will have to get a riser to put the light on.

    thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I am new to this neck of woods of BF but I did have a quick question.

    Was curious if anyone was using this or not. I am interested in buying one but curious if I could also keep my mounted handlebar light or if I will have to get a riser to put the light on.

    thank you!
    I use it and you will have to get a riser because it does come up above my CrossChecks drop bars. Here is what I mean
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I am new to this neck of woods of BF but I did have a quick question.

    Was curious if anyone was using this or not. I am interested in buying one but curious if I could also keep my mounted handlebar light or if I will have to get a riser to put the light on.

    thank you!

    It needs a riser -- unless you have handlebars that extend very far up from the handlebar clamp.
    Another option might be to mount the light on the front forks.

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    jen: is that your bike? Can you post a close up? Hard to see.

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    Not sure what riser would work so my light would have good beam on the road. Suggestions?

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    I used BBB's BHP 21, for my 9/8" threadless fork..

    add : http://bbbcycling.com/bike-parts/headset-parts/BHP-21/
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    Fiet: Do you happen to have a link? I have no clue what BBB BHP stands for.

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    I have one on my Surly Long Haul Trucker. You can see how it sits in these photos. My light is mounted below the handlebar bag.







    Another option would be to replace a spacer or two with a handlebar extension and then mount the handlebar bag off that. It might lower it enough for you.

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    I mounted my lights below the stem.cat1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aushiker View Post
    I have one on my Surly Long Haul Trucker. You can see how it sits in these photos. My light is mounted below the handlebar bag.







    Another option would be to replace a spacer or two with a handlebar extension and then mount the handlebar bag off that. It might lower it enough for you.

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    Did you make that trailer or is that something you bought? Really neat.

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    Aush: is that the large bag or medium? Do you have the mape sleeve too? If so can u hide it in the bag when you don't need it?

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    Aush: what did you use to mount the light on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curly666 View Post
    Did you make that trailer or is that something you bought? Really neat.
    The trailer comes out of Poland. It is an Extrawheel Voyager with Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus panniers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Aush: is that the large bag or medium? Do you have the mape sleeve too? If so can u hide it in the bag when you don't need it?
    Pretty certain it is the large but not at home to double check. Yes it has the map case on top and yes it can be easily removed and stored in the bag or elsewhere. I actually don't bother to remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Aush: what did you use to mount the light on?
    I had a little fun with the installation which I wrote up here. I ended up using the bracket that came with the light, a Busch & Muller Lumotec IQ Cyo Senso Plus.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Aushiker View Post
    I had a little fun with the installation which I wrote up here. I ended up using the bracket that came with the light, a Busch & Muller Lumotec IQ Cyo Senso Plus.



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    That is a hella clean install.
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    I have one but it is a compact, my mounting may interest you though. On both of my bikes my bar bags are mounted using a second stem, my camera is down or I would get a pic for you. If you have the room on the steerer tube I strongly suggest looking into using a second stem.

    It's nice to keep the bags off the bars, especially my Acorn bag.

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    Chef, here's a better view of my cockpit:


    Attachments from rider's left to right:
    odometer/bike computer, RAM mount that sometimes gets GPS attached to it, swing-grip extender bar (with mag-lite on it), and bell. The orange thing in the middle is the lock for the Ortlieb quick-release.
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    jen: thank you. did you get the swing grip locally?

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    another question for you all: Is it a pain to take off and put on? And I am wondering if it is overkill for commuting to work. I commute 11 miles one way. I have a hard time finding my phone and keys in my panniers since my panniers are stuffed with clothes and work stuff. I sorta feel like it would be nice to have all the stuff handy like wallet, phone, keys, first aid kit, etc but just not sure if the Ortliebs bag is overkill or not.I know it is a personal opinion and all just a tough decision. I love the waterproof aspect of Ortliebs and thats important but I dont want to mess with my light on my handlebars. As long as it is pointing down on the road, I will be fine.

    So many adult decisions! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    another question for you all: Is it a pain to take off and put on?

    It's as easy to take off and put on as I can imagine. Remember that orange knob in the picture above? Push that, and lift the bag up. That's it, you're done. It comes with a long strap that tucks into the bag when you're riding -- use that to carry it with you (looks more like an old-style camera case from the days of 35mm film than a "man-bag").

    I've got caught in downpours using it. Everything inside stayed dry. (If you throw it into a river things will get wet -- it doesn't seal the way a classic Ortlieb does.)

    I can't really recommend my swing grip, though -- when I ride into Philly and U-lock my bike to a parking meter, the meter winds up hitting the flashlight and swinging it out a bit. I got it mail order, either Nashbar or Amazon.
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    jen: the bag opens up away from you right and not backwards towards you right? Other then the issue with the meter and the swing grip, any other issues with the swing grip? And do you/did you have issues with getting the light to hit the road over the bag? This is my biggest fear. I need the light to be able to be able to beam over the bag and hit the road. I wasent impressed with I talked with Wayne (great guy though) when I asked him about this. He said the most people just want point there light forward to be seen. I do not agree with that. It, for me, is an aid to see the road and this is key for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    jen: the bag opens up away from you right and not backwards towards you right? Other then the issue with the meter and the swing grip, any other issues with the swing grip? And do you/did you have issues with getting the light to hit the road over the bag?
    Yep, the side toward the rider has the snaps the hold it shut, and it opens away from the rider.

    The swing grip occasionally gets loose, either where it attaches to the handlebars or at its "elbow".

    It's easy to position the light so that it shines straight ahead, into the eyes of oncoming drivers. (Whether or not that's what you want to do.) It can't shine straight down, of course. Getting it at the magic angle so it clears the bag and shines on the road some distance ahead requires a bit of fine-tuning. As you might tell from the fact that I'm using a Mag-lite, I'm more on the "see me" side of the fence rather than the "see the road". The roads I ride in Philly are pretty well lit.
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    Not my bike but here is a second stem setup. http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/su...r-second-stem/

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    Commuting, FWIW, I have a Canvas bag, I put inside the Ortlieb pannier
    [Mine older sport packer, newer ones include some organizer pockets,]

    A Canvas tote, it has a smaller Organizing pocket , (canvas bag is light , pannier black)
    for reading glasses, & so forth..
    having had keys lost out of a jacket pocket, I now wear them around my neck.

    Note: Klick Fix bar bag mounts will take Ortlieb bags, but the reverse is not true..

    this is my 2 stem setup, Where I used stem riser mentioned above.
    http://www.cyclofiend.com/working/20...clark1008.html
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