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Old 11-07-17, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post

I've never randoed with a bar bag. I use a saddle bag, this one: https://ortliebusa.com/product/saddle-bag/ in size Large. It's totally waterproof and has a clip mount so it's easy to move from bike to bike. On our tandem, it carries 2 riders' extra gear. I also use a FuelBelt top tube bag, this one: https://www.triathletesports.com/fue...-fuelbox-2016/ This has always been enough storage, even in the PNW spring rando season.
Ortlieb doesn't specify sizes on their small, medium, large, is the lime green one in their link the large?
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Old 11-07-17, 08:15 PM
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Ortlieb doesn't specify sizes on their small, medium, large, is the lime green one in their link the large?
Looks to me like the lime green (5/5) attached to saddle is the large. Mine are black so I don't have to clean them. One definitely wants the large for rando.
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Old 12-02-17, 11:12 PM
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Update: this is my current setup I'm testing out as of today. I accomplished almost all of the goals of this thread; the only one I missed was that I'm going to have to move my Garmin to a stem mount, which will move it back slightly. The cross levers are behind the handlebar bag and it isn't blocking my headlight, so everything got to co-exist, for now.

I took it on a 16 mile test ride tonight and will be going on a 75 mile ride tomorrow.
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Nice looking unit.
If you find you don't like the Garmin on the stem, can you move that same mount across onto the bars? (I'm assuming you changed from one of those mounts that sticks the GPS out in front of everything)
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What size frame is that? And it looks like 26" wheels, correct?


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Update: this is my current setup I'm testing out as of today. I accomplished almost all of the goals of this thread; the only one I missed was that I'm going to have to move my Garmin to a stem mount, which will move it back slightly. The cross levers are behind the handlebar bag and it isn't blocking my headlight, so everything got to co-exist, for now.

I took it on a 16 mile test ride tonight and will be going on a 75 mile ride tomorrow.
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What size frame is that? And it looks like 26" wheels, correct?
50 cm. And yes, 26" wheels
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Old 12-03-17, 12:58 PM
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Nice looking unit.
If you find you don't like the Garmin on the stem, can you move that same mount across onto the bars? (I'm assuming you changed from one of those mounts that sticks the GPS out in front of everything)
With the interrupter levers in the way it would be tight, but once I move it above the stem it should be fine.
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Update: this is my current setup I'm testing out as of today. ....
Is that PVC pipe in the second stem?
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Is that PVC pipe in the second stem?
Yep. I'm going to take it back apart and paint it. I had to "machine" it down to get it to fit. It's 1 1/4" schedule 40. It was $2.65 at Home Depot for a 2 foot piece.
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I have a Arkel and I ran into the same problem that most on this list have. The bike is a 51 CM frame and I put the light (Night Rider Pro) on the down part of the drops. Just open the mounting jaws and put on the Handlebars below the brake lever.
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I chose my bar bag because I wanted to be able to hang and then remove it easily when stopping somewhere. I also knew that regardless of my best intentions it would become overloaded so it needed to be strong. Waterproof of course and good looks. So I picked the large Arkel bar bag (https://www.arkel-od.com/en/arkel-la...lebar-bag.html). Large, secure, superior mounting system, waterproof with a map case. Easy to access. It has pockets on each side for gear or snacks. Pricey and only comes in Red and Black both of which will fade in the sun.

When looking for a front rack I always steer people toward Faiv. (Luggage rack | Fahrradgepäckträger für Federgabeln | faiv) This company is the only one that I know of that makes a fully suspended front rack. Let me repeat that... Fully Suspended. I carry about 20 lbs. in each front pannier. That's at least 40 lbs. of weight that gets a nice smooth ride on the front fork. I can carry a laptop in the right bag and it doesn't get rattled to pieces. They make several models depending on your setup. I had mine modified to take full advantage of the Arkel Cam-Lock system. I can take them off with one hand and yet they stay secure over the very worst wash-board roads.
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that's quite a rig. I don't think it would work that well for randonneuring.
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Was looking at the Ortlieb saddle bags above, those are nice. I like their attachment mechanism to the saddle, that should prevent any swaying with the bike, as compared to straps.

I have the much bigger (6 to 14L expandable capacity) Revelate Designs Viscacha seatbag. (The largest Ortlieb is 3L.) My experience with the Revelate Design Viscacha is that it is good and works, but for me it tends to sway little bit and get displaced a little to the right or left, and that means that you feel the momentum when you are riding hard (not often) and occasionally the back of your leg/thigh will touch one side and that is annoying. I made a wire harness to hold it tighter/closer to the saddle that made it work.
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Bbasset - awesome bike, especially the Ka-Bar, love that. I thought about packing heat when I used to ride some parts of an urban trail here at night (SART) but I couldn't find a way to do so securely and inconspicuously.
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