Author Topic: Loop bars and barbags  (Read 395 times)

fuaran

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Loop bars and barbags
« on: May 14, 2020, 12:53:25 am »
I am wanting to get a bar bag. But my bars are already crowded with lights and GPS, and a pair of Stem Cell bags behind etc. So maybe a loop bar is the answer. Would give more space for lights on the front bit of the loop anyway, and maybe more hand positions.

Options for bars, probably much the same thing rebranded:
Love Mud Confucious https://alpkit.com/collections/sonder-finishing/products/love-mud-confucius
On-One Mickey https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBOOMKB/on-one-mickey-handlebar

I know there are Jones bars (or cheap copies), but I don't really need loads of sweep back. My regular flat bars are comfy enough (with bar ends).
Or Surly Moloko bars look interesting.

And what sort of barbag?
Alpkit Drop Bear is designed to fit. https://alpkit.com/collections/bike-luggage-handlebar/products/drop-bear
Or Beer Babe recycled inner tubes https://www.beerbabe.co.uk/ourshop/prod_5421205-ConfuciusMickey-Bar-Pack.html

Also seen photos for strapping a Carradice saddlebag on the handlebar.
I would like something that is fairly accessible while on the bike. So the bikepacking style roll-top bags are not so useful. Though I might add one occasionally, if I want a wee overnight trip.

ElyDave

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Re: Loop bars and barbags
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2020, 06:22:30 am »
What width do you have right now?

I thought about the alpkit bars on my new Airnimal, but was put off by the width vs my usual flat bars with bar ends. If you are looking at longer distances would this be putting too much strain on your back and core trying to support yourself with your hands that splayed?
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Re: Loop bars and barbags
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2020, 06:30:30 am »
I have tri bars and am very pleased with (very expensive) apidura bag that goes underneath. I seem to have made a number of the same kit choices as Fiona Kolbinger. Unfortunately that is where the similarities end.


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fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: Loop bars and barbags
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2020, 10:01:58 am »
What width do you have right now?

I thought about the alpkit bars on my new Airnimal, but was put off by the width vs my usual flat bars with bar ends. If you are looking at longer distances would this be putting too much strain on your back and core trying to support yourself with your hands that splayed?
Current bars are about 600mm. So the Alpkit bars are a lot wider.
But should be able to cut them down a bit, still leaving enough room for grips and brake levers. Or maybe fit the bar ends inboard.

fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: Loop bars and barbags
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2020, 01:19:23 am »
I have tri bars and am very pleased with (very expensive) apidura bag that goes underneath. I seem to have made a number of the same kit choices as Fiona Kolbinger. Unfortunately that is where the similarities end.
Yes, maybe clip-on tri bars could work. Probably wouldn't use a full aero position much, but some shorter bars? If they had a bridge in between the bars, would give space for lights.

Also seen the BarYak system. It has aerobars plus plenty of mounts for bags etc. Though all rather expensive. https://www.baryak.com/new-products

Re: Loop bars and barbags
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2020, 07:22:05 am »
I have tri bars and am very pleased with (very expensive) apidura bag that goes underneath. I seem to have made a number of the same kit choices as Fiona Kolbinger. Unfortunately that is where the similarities end.
Yes, maybe clip-on tri bars could work. Probably wouldn't use a full aero position much, but some shorter bars? If they had a bridge in between the bars, would give space for lights.

Also seen the BarYak system. It has aerobars plus plenty of mounts for bags etc. Though all rather expensive. https://www.baryak.com/new-products
also known as long distance endurance armrests which is where they originated. My gps, lights, backup battery and bell are all mounted onto the tribars I have no accessories attached to the handlebars.i did have a bridge between them but now everything mounts directly. The fine tuning was done after i found the lights were partly obscured night riding in lounging position.


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