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Do handlebars offer enough room for a speedometer and winter lights.

Old 01-05-07, 04:29 PM
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Do handlebars offer enough room for a speedometer and winter lights.

What there is maybe 3 inches in order to mount your light and odometer on a bikes' handlebar. I hate being without an odometer to read out my mileage. Do you have enough room for both or to have a decent light do you have to remove your odometer. ?
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I have no problems at all fitting an Airzounds horn, computer, and light on my flat bar bikes.
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http://www.topeak.com/2007/products/...arxtndmain.php

I tired a similar product by Minora. Didn't work for me because the mount was so poorly designed, i ended up breaking it before i got it on. Perhaps this one is better.
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I think there are also options avaliable to mount your computer on the stem.
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Portis. The bar x tender looks like a nifty invention. Are they pretty stable, regardless of where you mount it?
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Think about it. You have a bit of open bar space on one side of the stem, and a bit on the other. So it's quite easy to mount two things on your bars, one on either side of the stem.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Portis. The bar x tender looks like a nifty invention. Are they pretty stable, regardless of where you mount it?
A lot of people use them. Like i said, i tried one and broke it installing it, so i can't review for you. I will say that I am able to run two headlights, a computer and a flashing light all on my regular MTB handlebars.
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The Minoura (or in my case Performance) space bar fits the bill nicely. There is also a product called the Sidetrak is a bit more stable but is more difficult to fit on a bike with cantis or drop bars.

The Spacebar works well but it has to be very tight. The Sidetrak has a stop at the stem that makes it more stable.

Here's the Spacebar (I modified it with a piece of 1" aluminum tubing) on a wide (46 cm) Salsa Bell Lap



And here's the Sidetrak on my mountain bike.



I just ordered something from Nashbar to make a really wide bar so I can go absolutely nuts on lights (I wanna add two more 20 watt to the 60 W I have now.) I'm going to remove the bars and add a piece of flat bar in between.
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Originally Posted by Portis
http://www.topeak.com/2007/products/...arxtndmain.php

I tired a similar product by Minora. Didn't work for me because the mount was so poorly designed, i ended up breaking it before i got it on. Perhaps this one is better.
Well, whadda ya know about that! I had the Minora, and after about three weeks, mine broke, too.
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Now, here's another route.

http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1876

This is the Issimo Nob. It's actually intended to mount a computer on aerobars, and still let you see it while riding. It looks like it's going to fit at the bottom of my suspension fork for a light mounting. This should clean up the bars quite a bit. Part's still on order, or I'd tell you how it works in practice. I've got a feeling there is more vibration at the bottom of the fork than on the bar, but it's also only ten bucks.

Edit to add: Peter White has a slew of lighting solutions, including brackets that go about anywhere, especially if you don't have a suspension mount. Better check before ordering. I'm not sure all his brackets will work with just any brand of light. Mostly, he seems to be aiming at the high powered end of the lighting market.
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Originally Posted by Phantoj
Think about it. You have a bit of open bar space on one side of the stem, and a bit on the other. So it's quite easy to mount two things on your bars, one on either side of the stem.
not in my case, Phantoj. I hang a favorite, petit, handlebar bag, I use for storing tools, personal stuff. It reduces that area and Velcro's over the untaped part of the handlebar.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
The Minoura (or in my case Performance) space bar fits the bill nicely. There is also a product called the Sidetrak is a bit more stable but is more difficult to fit on a bike with cantis or drop bars.

The Spacebar works well but it has to be very tight. The Sidetrak has a stop at the stem that makes it more stable.

Here's the Spacebar (I modified it with a piece of 1" aluminum tubing) on a wide (46 cm) Salsa Bell Lap

And here's the Sidetrak on my mountain bike.



I just ordered something from Nashbar to make a really wide bar so I can go absolutely nuts on lights (I wanna add two more 20 watt to the 60 W I have now.) I'm going to remove the bars and add a piece of flat bar in between.
Wow, cyccommute, that's quite a serious rig! I'll bet when people see you coming at them at night, they think a tractor is heading their way - either that or a UFO. When you get the additional lights, we'll all see it before you tell us. ET should be able to see the beam too.
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I love lots of lights. Seems the proper angle would be important. Don't want to blind them.
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Wow, cyccommute, that's quite a serious rig! I'll bet when people see you coming at them at night, they think a tractor is heading their way - either that or a UFO. When you get the additional lights, we'll all see it before you tell us. ET should be able to see the beam too.
I have a helmet light too. I have 2 more single bulb heads that I'm thinking of putting on a wider bar - just to be silly With what I've got on there people already stop and wait for more than a block at stop signs for me to pass. Off-road I can see every grain of sand on a trail
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Just another option

http://www.terracycle.com/Merchant2/...ory_Code=Acmts

And there is always the double stem option (assumes you though ahead when building the bike)

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Thanks dobber for the terracycle.com link !!!
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Oh, yes indeedy, dobber. If the Nob I've got on order doesn't quite pan out, I'm going to terracycle. That is an awesome mount.
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Originally Posted by dobber
Just another option

http://www.terracycle.com/Merchant2/...ory_Code=Acmts

And there is always the double stem option (assumes you though ahead when building the bike)

Not certain if I need one, but it looks pretty cool!

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Another option:

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Okay, the computer mounts are in. The one from profile designs is mounted on the quill and is rock solid, and clears one spot on the handlebars for something else.

Yeah, CdCf, that looks at least adequate. And a very nice layout.
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That looks like a light bar I have seen on top of trucks . Good idea.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
What there is maybe 3 inches in order to mount your light and odometer on a bikes' handlebar. I hate being without an odometer to read out my mileage. Do you have enough room for both or to have a decent light do you have to remove your odometer. ?
In general the answer is yes. Except f found out that I can't do it with my FSA Wing pro bars. There is room, but diameter is too wide to mount a light besides my computer on one side or heartrate monitor on the other.

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