Bags for straight handlebars

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ukdodger
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Bags for straight handlebars

Postby ukdodger » 8 Apr 2013, 11:11am

This might be a stupid question but is there a bag and an arrangement that will fit straight bars without cramping the brake cables. Maybe one that moves the bag more forward perhaps.

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby mrjemm » 8 Apr 2013, 12:13pm

You can use any bag if you put some noodles into the equation... As far as I can tell anyway- I've put them on mine, and have happily fitted the ortlieb. Not the usual flat bars, but they'd be the same.

In case you're unsure what a noodle is, it's the little angled tube that is usually used at a V-brake to get the cable coming in at the right angle.

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby ukdodger » 8 Apr 2013, 5:16pm

mrjemm wrote:You can use any bag if you put some noodles into the equation... As far as I can tell anyway- I've put them on mine, and have happily fitted the ortlieb. Not the usual flat bars, but they'd be the same.

In case you're unsure what a noodle is, it's the little angled tube that is usually used at a V-brake to get the cable coming in at the right angle.


Thanks. Noodles it is.

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby eileithyia » 8 Apr 2013, 5:32pm

How big do you want the bag to be... have a small bag that is made out of a fairly rigid material that just has two velcro straps to loop it the handlebars... it will take a small race cape and odd bits like a phone or wallet... ours came from a certain Swiss bike shop brand in Mallorca but could be made I guess.
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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby ukdodger » 8 Apr 2013, 5:37pm

eileithyia wrote:How big do you want the bag to be... have a small bag that is made out of a fairly rigid material that just has two velcro straps to loop it the handlebars... it will take a small race cape and odd bits like a phone or wallet... ours came from a certain Swiss bike shop brand in Mallorca but could be made I guess.


Nothing much just stuff like a place for a map on top, stuff to eat, somewhere to stow your glasses and gloves. I'm fed up with having to get off the bike to get stuff out of the panniers.

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby LollyKat » 8 Apr 2013, 5:38pm

Klickfix do an extender for their handlebar mount - lots of bags use this fitting.

"Extends the Klickfix (KF850) by 43mm to cater for various handlebar shapes. Allows more space for cables to be routed."
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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby Gearoidmuar » 8 Apr 2013, 9:24pm

LollyKat wrote:Klickfix do an extender for their handlebar mount - lots of bags use this fitting.

"Extends the Klickfix (KF850) by 43mm to cater for various handlebar shapes. Allows more space for cables to be routed."
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I use the above. Perfect. Main value is to get handroom, actually!

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby alldownhill » 9 Apr 2013, 1:02am

Thorn make a useful T shaped accessory bar which replaces some spacers on the steerer tube. They come in various sizes and are handy for having the bar bag lower if required. An additional benefit is that if have to turn the bars for transit the clamp on the T bar maintains the loading on the headset bearing.

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/thorn-accessory-bar-t-shaped-105-mm-extension-0-deg-prod11040/

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby dbascent1986 » 9 Apr 2013, 10:16am

Carradice zip roll fits if you flip the stem, but brake-gear cables will restrict access somewhat - I swapped a saddle bag for a zip roll on the bar for the commute and find it more convenient

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby ukdodger » 9 Apr 2013, 10:52am

Gearoidmuar wrote:
LollyKat wrote:Klickfix do an extender for their handlebar mount - lots of bags use this fitting.

"Extends the Klickfix (KF850) by 43mm to cater for various handlebar shapes. Allows more space for cables to be routed."
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I use the above. Perfect. Main value is to get handroom, actually!


Thanks Gary. Am I reading that right - from handlebar to the front edge of the item is 43mm. Dont think that will be enough.

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby hamster » 9 Apr 2013, 11:31am

Thanks for that extender link - I didn't know they existed. The only problem now :roll: is that the map will be too far away to read!!!

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby Gearoidmuar » 11 Apr 2013, 8:08am

ukdodger wrote:
Gearoidmuar wrote:
LollyKat wrote:Klickfix do an extender for their handlebar mount - lots of bags use this fitting.

"Extends the Klickfix (KF850) by 43mm to cater for various handlebar shapes. Allows more space for cables to be routed."
Image


I use the above. Perfect. Main value is to get handroom, actually!


Thanks Gary. Am I reading that right - from handlebar to the front edge of the item is 43mm. Dont think that will be enough.


My experience is that if the brake cables or gear cables are somewhat "diverted" by contact with a bag, it makes little or no difference to their function.

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Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Postby mrjemm » 11 Apr 2013, 11:32am

I can attest to what Gearoidmuar says; not contact with a bag, but very 'diverted'-

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The gear cables go under the tape around that weld angle there, albeit with the gentlest curve I can manage. They're restricted a little, but working fine.

You can also see an example of using noodles on the brake cables, though this one was just so they didn't go way out front.