I like Titec H-bars, but two problems I’ve encountered are:
- how to mount a handlebar bag and get easy access?
- the Rohloff shifter doesn’t fit on the bar very well.
I’ve been trying come up with a solution for a while and finally put something together that looks like it may work. Basically I’m using two Thorn Accessory Bars – one to move the Ortlieb bar bag out far enough to clear the front of the H-bar and the other to mount the Rohloff shifter. I haven’t tried this setup out yet as I am waiting to get my lazy butt down to Bow Cycle and pick up some MTB brake levers. I was going to use Ergon grips on this H-bar like on my Big Dummy, but instead I’ll try Jeff Jones’ suggestion and use a double wrap of cork bar tape all over the bar. The benefit to using bar tape is that there is no single position to place you hands so you use the entire H-bar without being locked into one or two positions. It’s a cheap experiment so I’ll give it a go.
By angling the accessory bar the Rohloff shifter is mounted on I was able to get lots of clearance between the H-bar and the accessory bar the Ortlieb bar bag is attached to. As a bonus the angled shifter falls into my hand very easily – better than the previous perpendicular setup. I’m using the shifter on the left as another experiment. I use my right hand lots to grab water bottles, eat and take pictures, but my left hand stays on the bars much more which is one of the reasons I suffered a nerve injury in the left hand last summer. The idea is to give my left hand the job of shifting to get it off the bars regularly.
This configuration required that the Ortlieb bar bag be mounted to a long-ish accessory bar. Having the bag levered out this far may cause some handling issues. OTOH the H-bar is very wide giving me a lot of leverage so that extra control may counter act the bag’s position – hard to say at this point. I’ll just have to give it a try and see what I think.