Earlier this year, I saw a blog post here about having an accessory bar
, and I thought it was a good idea. Having about as many accessories as Captain Dashboard
, I could do with some extra space.
That said, I did consider that having extra capacity might not be a good idea, as I would probably then be tempted to add even more accessories. (Compare the First Rule of Panniers
.) I really like the accessories that I have, but it takes a lot of time to detach all those accessories when I lock up the bike to go indoors.
So, I decided to get a second handlebar anyway, but instead of getting an extension bar (like the one in the accessory bar blog post I linked above), I got a regular handlebar, had the ends cut short (so that it doesn't get in the way of the grips), and attached it to the mounting setup from a basket. (I didn't like the basket. It couldn't hold much weight without sagging, and I also once had stuff bounce out of it when I went over a bump on the road. It also got in the way of the light.)
I like this new setup. Should've done this earlier.
From left to right, I have the air horn trigger, camera mount, light, bike computer, hooter, and the bottle of compressed air. Hanging behind everything else is the bag that holds the speakers and the iPod.
(The camera mount and the hooter aren't as easy to detach as the light or the horn, and normally I would just leave them on the bike when I went indoors. Now that I have the accessory bar, they have to be up there too because of space constraints. I left the bell on the normal handlebar though. It's easier to reach in that position, and it's not something I would normally take with me when I lock the bike up anyway.)
All the clutter detaches as one unit.