Cheap Handlebar Harness?

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Cheap Handlebar Harness?

Postby Firepanda » 16 Mar 2017, 9:33pm

Unable to find a handlebar harness for less than ~ £35, though most are £50-£80+

Something like this on ebay

..which is nothing more than just a few straps it looks like, not sure why they're all so expensive, unless the official name isn't handlebar harness which is why my google searches aren't coming up with anything cheaper? I would have thought somewhere cheap like Decathlon would have jumped on selling something that simple for like £10.

If there is nothing cheaper, are bungee cords the best option and stable enough to hold say.. a 3-5kg drybag/tent?

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Re: Cheap Handlebar Harness?

Postby rualexander » 16 Mar 2017, 9:48pm

Harnesses are unnecessary.
Just strap your bag/tent on using something like https://www.alpkit.com/products/dual-straps-grey

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Re: Cheap Handlebar Harness?

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Re: Cheap Handlebar Harness?

Postby teamonster » 17 Mar 2017, 7:37pm

Alpkit are having a sale - still slightly outside your price range - now @£45

https://www.alpkit.com/products/kanga

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Re: Cheap Handlebar Harness?

Postby foxyrider » 18 Mar 2017, 10:42am

There was a time when you could simply use some of the old toestraps that used to accumulate in the tool box.
Convention? what's that then?
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Re: Cheap Handlebar Harness?

Postby eileithyia » 19 Mar 2017, 8:51am

Trying to work out what you do with a handlebar harness and for what? Pardon my ignorance.
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Re: Cheap Handlebar Harness?

Postby Gattonero » 19 Mar 2017, 9:22pm

rualexander wrote:Harnesses are unnecessary.
Just strap your bag/tent on using something like https://www.alpkit.com/products/dual-straps-grey

foxyrider wrote:There was a time when you could simply use some of the old toestraps that used to accumulate in the tool box.


With flat bar levers you get the stuff too close, if not blocking your brake levers. If that is not a major issue... :roll:
Often, a "roll" (that can be only a relatively large dry sack) can be spaced out with two blocks of hard foam. I do this way, but planning to get a harness, because it makes life a lot easier in terms of speed when packing (no faffing around with straps and spacers)
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Re: Cheap Handlebar Harness?

Postby Gattonero » 19 Mar 2017, 9:24pm

eileithyia wrote:Trying to work out what you do with a handlebar harness and for what? Pardon my ignorance.


For a setup like this?
(note how close the front pack gets to the bars)

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