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handlebar bag versus cx levers

Old 08-12-08, 12:34 PM
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handlebar bag versus cx levers

Which do you consider more important and why? I sort of had a d'oh moment when I realized I had to choose one or the other.
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Old 08-12-08, 02:27 PM
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Why not have both?

I see 4 ways:
1) Use a decaleurs like this from Velo Orange: https://www.velo-orange.com/dehbagmo.html
2) Thorn t-bar: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=11041
3) DIY: https://www.bikeforums.net/showpost.p...1&postcount=69
3) DIY second stem: https://mgagnon.net/velo/potence-double.en.shtml
More here: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/422291-mini-tour-lht-ortlieb-tent-reviews.html
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Old 08-12-08, 03:31 PM
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Most stem extensions won't reliably hold the weight of a handlebar bag.

Otherwise, the choice is a matter of preference, nothing more.

I don't find the tops terribly comfortable, so I don't see a reason to add interruptor brakes. Then again, I also took off my handlebar mount. Go figure.
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Old 08-12-08, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by genericbikedude View Post
Which do you consider more important and why? I sort of had a d'oh moment when I realized I had to choose one or the other.
There are several ways to use both. Double bars are okay if they float your boat (I think they're kinda goofy) but there are also extenders for the bag mount. Rixen and Kaul makes them (and a damned fine mounting system too) Check with Wayne at The Touring Store .

You can also reposition your levers. Most of the ones I've seen are too flat anyway. Aim them downward so that they are in a more natural position for your hands. See the picture below. I know that these are mountain bike levers but the positioning is similar to what you should use for the interruper levers.



When my hands are on the bar, the levers are at the natural resting point for my hands.

These, for example are too flat.

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personal preference but two brakes levers are enough
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Old 08-12-08, 04:04 PM
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I have both. The handlebar bag fits on a platform on top of my front rack.

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Old 08-12-08, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
You can also reposition your levers. Most of the ones I've seen are too flat anyway. Aim them downward so that they are in a more natural position for your hands.
This is what I do w/ an ortlieb bag and it works great. I rarely use the normal brakes these days, and the two days I was w/o the bag recently were painful.
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Old 08-12-08, 11:34 PM
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You can't easily attach your map to extra brake levers.
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CX lever and Ortlieb Ultimate 4 (plus?) bag

I have both CX levers and an Ortlieb Ultimate 4 (plus?) handlebar bag.

I think it's important to:
1) Buy levers that don't stick out too far (some stick out more/less than others)
2) Get a handlebar bag that has a fairly long mounting post

As most people who've been responding that they have both seem to have an Ortlieb handlebar bag, I think you can assume that at least that bag (and who knows which others...) tends to give enough clearance...

As long as I tilt the levers down somewhat (but still in a comfortable position) then my fingers don't get squeezed against the levers when using them.

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