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Can you see your front wheel over you handlebar bag?

Old 04-04-19, 05:33 AM
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Can you see your front wheel over you handlebar bag?

Can you see your front wheel over or under you handlebar bag?
And does it bother you if you can't see the front wheel?

I mounted an Ortlieb Ultimate 6 L on my 20" dahon, to the handlepost, as low as possible, until the clickfix clamp touched the top of the Dahon plastic knob latch for holding the post when folded. It's just low enough that the light on my handlebar can shine clear over the bag. But I can no longer see the front wheel over the bag, nor can I see the the wheel's contact point with the ground from under the bag. The L bag is supposedly 17cm in depth. Not sure if a narrower bag would help much.

I was thinking about using the frame truss mount to move the bag more forward and lower, to possibly be able to see the wheel's contact point with the ground under the bag. But I'm not sure seeing the contact point would be useful, probably it would be better to be able to see the front tip of the wheel over the bag, so you have a reference point for steering. It also would help me with timing when going over bumps and potholes. It's also useful for avoiding parallel running cracks so that your tires don't get caught in them, and also when you're trying to move sideways over 2 surfaces that have a small 1-2cm change in elevation.
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Old 04-04-19, 07:22 AM
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Can't see it and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I DO NOT FOCUS on the front wheel when riding. Roger
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Old 04-04-19, 10:12 AM
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hm... I did a short ride with the bag, and I seemed to do ok without being able to see the front wheel. It was a little more difficult to time the bumps and potholes, but I just got up from the saddle a second earlier to prepare.
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Old 04-04-19, 10:39 AM
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I have a Couple front Bags and a cargo rack I had modified from their original 90's bike's bag support frames ..


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Old 04-04-19, 10:44 AM
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For Bromptons Ortlieb Mini O bag is a variation of their handlebar bags with a dock for the head tube bag mount..

adding a handle and feet , as shown ..
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Old 04-04-19, 09:54 PM
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I can't really speak for my own bike, but I've noticed the handful of times I've ridden bike with baskets or bags that don't turn with the bars and/or hide the front wheel, I am less stable while riding. Which is odd because I don't usually look directly at the wheel ever.

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Old 04-05-19, 10:55 AM
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To the OP: When I learned to ride motorcycles, I was taught not to look down, but to look ahead. If you look down, you cannot see what is coming up ahead (potholes, debris, car turning, etc.) You will naturally steer your bike where you are looking. You can't do that if you are looking down just in front of your wheel....
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I have lost weight and I can see my feet now
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I could not see the front wheel on my motorcycle, it was on the other side of the headlamp. When I added a fairing, at first it bothered me that I could not see the ground at a distance closer than about 20 feet, but I got used to it.

My only complaint about not being able to see past my handlebar bag is that in daytime I can't tell if my fork mounted headlight is turned on or not.
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