About a month ago, I had a new front rack put on the Tamarack to lower the mounting position of my handlebar bag. I found that the handling was affected by the regular mounting position, to the point that I didn’t find if very easy to ride no hands.
Of course I don’t have any good pictures of the handlebar bag in the old position but these two will give you an idea. It is a small Arkel bag. You can see from one of these pictures (taken during the Growling Beaver) that the top of the bag is quite a bit above the brake hoods.
After Hoopdriver installed the VO Pass Hunter rack, of course it took me another couple of weeks to get around to figuring out how to mount the bag sans decaleur.
First step: remove the existing mount hardware.
Next, reinforce the bottom of the bag with some coroplast.
Mark positions for holes with a Sharpie (sliver Sharpies rule!)
Use zipties to secure bag. The initial thought was to pass the zipties through the treaded mounts, but they were a little too wide.
Front and side views of the bag. It has been lowered by about 2/3 of the height of the bag itself.
One small niggle is that the top flap has some slight interference with my shifter cables, but this hasn’t been a problem in practice.
Proof that I can stuff a jacket and other things into the bag and still ride no hands (although you can’t really tell from the picture that it was taken on the move).
Today was beautiful at the lakefront.
The Sunnyside bike park is still not officially open for the season.
We hope that city council will vote for bike lanes on this short section of Ellis underneath the Gardiner. This would tie into other improvements to the intersections that we hope are also coming in the next year or so.
Oh, and by the way, today marks the end of 30daysofbiking.
April is over
30 days of biking done
warmer weather comes