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Old 08-28-17, 07:31 PM
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Anybody uses handlebar extension

My bike has drop bar and Tektro RL721 top bar brake Levers. I love the levers but they do remove lots of real estate spaces on the handlebar. I'm thinking on buying an handlebar extension (carbon fiber with aluminum brackets). Any body has any experience with these? Are they worth it?

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Old 08-28-17, 07:54 PM
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Kind of begs the question if you like the bar top brake levers as they are closer and easier to use when your hands are on the bar tops, this extension now puts those levers out of reach, so why not just ditch the added brake levers and recover the real estate ?

I can't think I've ever seen these on a road bike
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Old 08-28-17, 08:07 PM
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You misunderstood, or I explained poorly but I don't want to move the levers there. I'll use the extension to mount my light and other stuff I would have normally mounted on the handlebar if I didn't have those brake levers.
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Old 08-28-17, 08:18 PM
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I have one made by topeak, nice idea but it makes the cockpit too cluttered. I only have one on my touring bike, the handlebar bag takes too much room.
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Old 08-28-17, 08:23 PM
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SylvainG, I use those bar extenders on many of my bikes. I hang them from the bars and mount my handlebar bag on them. The lights, etc, go on the bars where I can see them.
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Old 08-29-17, 07:00 PM
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I have one made by topeak, nice idea but it makes the cockpit too cluttered. I only have one on my touring bike, the handlebar bag takes too much room.
My handlebar is already too cram with my two top brakes, bell, phone holder (on the stem but taking room on both side of the bar), bracket for my VivoActive HR (I don't want to have a tan line on my wrist and I have a chest strap) and my light. I would move the light and VivoActive bracket to the extension. Might move my phone holder (switched from stem to handlebar bracket) since I sometime hit the bottom of the holder with my knees when I get up the saddle to mash the pedals.

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SylvainG, I use those bar extenders on many of my bikes. I hang them from the bars and mount my handlebar bag on them. The lights, etc, go on the bars where I can see them.
What do you mean by "The lights, etc, go on the bars where I can see them"? I don't follow.
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Originally Posted by SylvainG View Post
What do you mean by "The lights, etc, go on the bars where I can see them"? I don't follow.
I really should upload a photo somewhere, but Instead of positioning the extender _in front_ of the handlebar, I mount it so that the extender hangs below the handlebar. As I said, I attach my handlebar bag from the extender, which gets it out of the way and leaves the handlebar itself pretty well free. On the bar itself, I have room for a light, a computer, and a couple other things. Make sense now?
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Old 08-29-17, 07:39 PM
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Yes it does, thanks.
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Old 08-30-17, 10:59 AM
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I've heard they work fine. I've never had to use one personally, but wouldn't be opposed to using one if I had to.
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Old 08-30-17, 11:18 AM
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It's to add more electronic toy space to distract you from watching out for traffic collision potentials.

I guess lots of people who post here. need the extra space.. GPS, I phone, heart monitor ..

Any body has any experience with these? Are they worth it?
Needing peer approval for shopping decision is a common thing too..




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Old 08-30-17, 06:27 PM
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It's to add more electronic toy space to distract you from watching out for traffic collision potentials.

I guess lots of people who post here. need the extra space.. GPS, I phone, heart monitor ..



Needing peer approval for shopping decision is a common thing too..




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It's called using the experience of others. One of the benefits of forums...
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Old 08-31-17, 12:34 AM
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dle Bar Extensions

I use similar dual bracket extensions to carry 2 lights and a computer. It is carbon fibre and quality alloy brackets. . . Mine take two lights and a computer. It has travelled at least 5000 klm over good to bad roads here in OZ and I can speak highly of them. They also give me more hand places. Just don't flip your bike to do flats if adjusted high.
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Old 08-31-17, 05:03 AM
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Originally Posted by SylvainG View Post
My bike has drop bar and Tektro RL721 top bar brake Levers. I love the levers but they do remove lots of real estate spaces on the handlebar. I'm thinking on buying an handlebar extension (carbon fiber with aluminum brackets). Any body has any experience with these? Are they worth it?

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I have one of the single sided extensions that I used for my phone mount. My one issue with it was that the mounting bar is a small diameter and so many bike mount clamps have to be able to go up to the largest of handle bars. Having to use spacers to get the clamp down small enough to tighten up on the extension looks pretty bad IMO. I know my bars are 31.8 and I'm guessing the diameter of the mounting bar on the extension to be about 22.2. One of my phone mounts just went down to 25.4 and I had to use a section of inner tube to on the bar to get it to tighten up.

Just something to think about if the ascetics is a factor for you.
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Old 08-31-17, 06:15 AM
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I have one of the single sided extensions that I used for my phone mount. My one issue with it was that the mounting bar is a small diameter and so many bike mount clamps have to be able to go up to the largest of handle bars. Having to use spacers to get the clamp down small enough to tighten up on the extension looks pretty bad IMO. I know my bars are 31.8 and I'm guessing the diameter of the mounting bar on the extension to be about 22.2. One of my phone mounts just went down to 25.4 and I had to use a section of inner tube to on the bar to get it to tighten up.

Just something to think about if the ascetics is a factor for you.
Thanks, something to keep in mind when selecting one.
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Old 08-31-17, 06:42 AM
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I use them on a couple of my bikes to mount GPS, light and bike computer. There is just enough room between the extension and the bar to put your hands there. Helps a lot on long distance bike when I need a lot of hand positions on the bar.
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I use one on my trek ds2 have it mounted pointed down with a bright eyes light turned down and a cheaper battery powered light mounted on the top.
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So I bought this one at the end of August and just got it last week. It's very light and holds tight. I moved my Garmin watch and Cateye light brakets to it. Beside the very long delay to get it, I'm happy with the purchase. Does exactly what I was expecting it to do.
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Originally Posted by SylvainG View Post
So I bought this one at the end of August and just got it last week. It's very light and holds tight. I moved my Garmin watch and Cateye light brakets to it. Beside the very long delay to get it, I'm happy with the purchase. Does exactly what I was expecting it to do.
great! thanks a ton! i was wondering the same thing. Got mountain bike bars. Phone for maps, basic bike computer, But I need room for a front light and a bell. stupid curvy mountain bike handles, only really have 2 spots cause of the bends.
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I simply stacked 2 stems on my threadless fork. The lower one has a tube in it and my handlebar bag mount fits onto it..

Use a wider tube and you can park more stuff on it.
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I use a large one from Bdop Cycling, https://bdopcycling.com/Computer%20an...ER%20D-LUX.asp on my do it all hybrid, and love it.... lots of room for necessary stuff! A tad pricey, looks a lot like what you posted, but it is an absolutely great, quality, product!
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I had previously bought one of the cheap plastic extenders that attaches to the bar, it was constantly bobbing up and down over rough terrain, so definitely get one that is aluminum or metal.

What I found to be perfect was this one made by Minoura, it hasn't budged even a mm since installing it a year or so ago. It attaches to the stem, relieving the bar real estate. Highly adjustable and full metal construction.

https://www.amazon.com/Minoura-Acces...QR7WVBK2NPJ2HM




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I like both of these ideas and could use one on my tadpole as well.
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