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Old 11-05-09, 01:15 PM
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bar extender for lights

I'm trying to figure out what to use to add space to mount crap on my handlebars... I have finally found a handlebar bag for small stuff, but I don't have enough space to have it on my bars and still have my lights mounted...

What are those t-bar dinugses called that add an extra horizontal T for mounting accessories off of the handlebars? I can't seem to figure out where or from whom to search for them.

Any recommendations?
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Old 11-05-09, 01:20 PM
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Old 11-05-09, 01:37 PM
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I think the Tbar is made by Minoura. Google that and see.
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Old 11-05-09, 01:56 PM
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If anybody has either the topeak or the minoura, do you have any idea off hand about how wide the mount is on the bars?
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Old 11-05-09, 02:51 PM
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I've gone through a couple of the minoura T-bars in the past, and didn't find them to be very durable. Within a period of months they would break at the joint. Ultimately (and mostly in response to an LBS mechanic describing my bike as Winnebago because of all the crap on it) I managed to simplify my cockpit requirements so that the T-bar was not required.

In retrospect I think the T-bar failures I experienced were the result of mounting lights onto them, and possibly exceeding their weight bearing limits. The weight of the lights applying leverage stress to the joints causing them to fail. So assuming you don't want to forego your new handle bar bag, my advice would be to keep the weight on the T-bar low, e.g. mount your computer there if it's feasible, and keep heavier items like lights on the bars.
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Old 11-05-09, 04:15 PM
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Personally, I find that lights mounted lower show off potholes better. I use the Minoura Besso to mount on my fork (not recommended for carbon forks)
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Old 11-05-09, 04:16 PM
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If you have enough headset spacers to swap out, a thorn accessory bar looks pretty cool to me:



No moving parts to betray you. It's about the only thing I didn't try to fit a bar bag and light onto my bike, because I don't have enough spacers to swap out (not enough steer tube).

I wound up mounting my light at the fork crown. You can also use one of these things to hang the lighthead off one of your fork blades. I kept one going for a while.
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Originally Posted by Capt_Sensible View Post
I've gone through a couple of the minoura T-bars in the past, and didn't find them to be very durable.....
Apparently Minoura didn't either. They actually make mention on their website that their SwingGrip model was "Changed from light alloy to stainless steel to be more durable".

http://www.minourausa.com/english/ac...e/sg200-e.html

I'm guessing the one I have is of the newer variety. Two headlamps and a computer mounted for a bit over two years and still rock solid.
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Topeak BarXtender

I have the Topeak BarXtender (http://www.topeak.com/products/Xtras/BarXtender) on my commuter. I use it for my Garmin Edge 305 and a Cateye Strada. I have no complaints.
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How wide a patch of real estate does the BarXtender take up in terms of handlebar space? I'm trying to get the handlebar bag bracket to fit on next to it, though the computer doesn't need space as it's on the stem (which means I can't fit the extender/swing grip on the stem...)

As to the other replies, I have a couple of not cheap lights that I would be a little apprehensive to mount to the fork...

The bar bag that I'm attaching is a Detour Metro (IIRC) which was on clearance, and specifically indicates that it fits with shimano STI's. It's not big, but it's pretty solidly put together, and the bracket is decent. I don't have a straight up road bike (bastardized Cannondale Touring), or a straight up commuter (old Steel Schwinn voyageur with rack), so I kind of like having everything do a range of things well. The cannondale in roadie sort of form needed some more space to put stuff, and a bar bag that fits with STIs is well appreciated.
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Originally Posted by jgrosser View Post
I have the Topeak BarXtender (http://www.topeak.com/products/Xtras/BarXtender) on my commuter. I use it for my Garmin Edge 305 and a Cateye Strada. I have no complaints.
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I also have it. It works great.
http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-TBX01-T...7469079&sr=1-1
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I have a topeak that I mounted underneath the stem. I use it to carry a pair of 900 lumen Magicshine lights. It works pretty well there. It's more stable than on top of the handlebar.
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Old 11-06-09, 09:03 AM
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I sure am hapopy to see someone posted these extension bars because I have a handlebar bag and have been trying to find a way to shoot my light over or under the bag. One of these bars should work great.
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Originally Posted by jgrosser View Post
I have the Topeak BarXtender (http://www.topeak.com/products/Xtras/BarXtender) on my commuter. I use it for my Garmin Edge 305 and a Cateye Strada. I have no complaints.
Curious why you run the Garmin and the Cateye since both serve the same function?
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I've got the Topeak XTender. It takes up zero bar space because I mounted it to the stem. It's pretty darn sturdy, but it seems like it rattles a lot more from road vibration than my handlebars do.

I'm re-wrapping my bars shortly. I may just take it off and leave more un-taped space to put my lights & schtuff.
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I had the Minoura and it wasn't sturdy enough for me. It began to come apart right where it attached to the stem. Maybe they fixed the problem, but I'd be wary to buy from them again.
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Performance used to carry one, but alas couldn't find it. Topeak is a good brand and it looks like a good extender
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I sure am hapopy to see someone posted these extension bars because I have a handlebar bag and have been trying to find a way to shoot my light over or under the bag. One of these bars should work great.
That is exactly the config I have. I have the SwingGrip on the head tube with a pair of Dinotte 200AAs. I have mine 'hanging' from the Minoura as it allows the bar to be raised more, plus any bumps from the bag wont change the aim. On the bars with a bag, the bag interferes with the light throw; not so under the bag. As an added benefit, it makes the lights less noticeable to thieves. I ride almost every day and the Minoura has held up fine for nearly 2 yrs.

They might have durability issues with heavier lights on rough terrain, but I have 2 18650 flashlights for aux lights hanging from a SwingGrip on another bike and it seems up to the job so far (6-8 months).

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Another option (if you have a threadless headset) is to use two stems and two sets of handlebars- one to use in the normal way, and a shortened handlebar to mount stuff on. I have a longer stem mounted lower on the steerer tube which has a short (10") segment of tubing. This is where I mount my headlights, handlebar bag, and other stuff.
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Nothing beats a double stem setup



But Nitto makes a sweet little rig



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Originally Posted by superslomo View Post
I'm trying to figure out what to use to add space to mount crap on my handlebars... I have finally found a handlebar bag for small stuff, but I don't have enough space to have it on my bars and still have my lights mounted...

What are those t-bar dinugses called that add an extra horizontal T for mounting accessories off of the handlebars? I can't seem to figure out where or from whom to search for them.

Any recommendations?
Google Minoura Space Bar. You'll find tons of them. I use the version from Performance (apparently no longer made). It's worked well for years and years. Here it is with a flashlight mount



and with a different set of lights



I did modify mine with a 1" piece of thin walled aluminum tube. It makes the bar more useful because the tube is closer to the same diameter as a handle bar. That means less shimming on light mounts. The original tube that came on the bar was closer to 3/4".

You can get the aluminum tube at Ace Hardware for around $5.
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I really like the CF Super Delux Dashboard I got from B-Dop Cycling.

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I use the Minoura Space Grip.
I have a Magicshine and a MiNewt Mini USB mounted on it.
The riser is the perfect place to hange the batteries (the strap for the MiNewt is long enough to go around the Magicshine's battery pack, which is flapped around the riser).
Have not had any issues with lights slipping or shifting, but I was a bit concerned becasue the bar is smaller than my handlebars.
The placement allows me to aim the lights so that they do not shine though the cables on my Cross/Commuter.
And the Magicshine is high enough that if a driver in front of me is being an ass, I can point the light into his rearview mirror relatively easily.
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The BDop is very wicked looking... are they reasonably stable??
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