Captain Dashboard would be proud

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.

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Comment by Kim on July 28, 2010 at 8:49pm
Woah, that's a lot of accessories. Does it affect the handling of your bike? I am interested in your seat. It's very bright.
Comment by Kerry on July 28, 2010 at 9:34pm
I haven't noticed any difference after adding the extra bar, nor did I ever notice any difference when I added the individual accessories. Not even the speakers.

I knitted the saddle cover. It's detachable, but I often forget to remove it, so it gets rained on and then I end up taking it off for the ride home. (The saddle inside is waterproof.)

I still have plenty of the yarn left. Want some?
Colourful yarn that I used to make my saddle cover
Comment by Kim on July 28, 2010 at 9:44pm
Actually, I have some yarn that's very similar and that's why my eye was drawn to it. I was going to do some knitting graffiti on my bike to protect it from stratches. Besides I love to knit and I figured my bike is an extension of my personality so why not?

Do you have a pattern for your seat?
Comment by Kerry on July 28, 2010 at 10:52pm
No, I figured it out as I went along, and I didn't write it down.

The idea is basically:
Start on circular needles on the wide end. Reduce number of stitches as you go to fit the shape of the saddle. When you get to the seat post, cast off some stitches on one side and switch the remaining to straight needles. Once you've left enough space for the seat post, go back to the circular needles. Keep reducing number of stitches to fit the narrow end. Stitch the ends shut at the end.

It helps that I did the knitting with the bike next to me. (Yay, outdoors knitting circle!)
Comment by Susan on July 28, 2010 at 11:16pm
there was a knitted bike seat on instructables that might help with a pattern?


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