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Computer mounting clip too small for bars(9 posts)

Computer mounting clip too small for barsNatC
May 9, 2003 4:43 AM
I have handlebars with an oversized bulge in the center at the stem mounting area (Ritchey Pro bars). The computer I bought has a clip that's far too small to fit around the bars. The LBS said they didn't have any solution yet.

Is there a computer that has an oversized clip, or some sort of adapter? Did anyone make a homemade solution that you can describe or show pics of? Thanks.

Nat
Try a zip tie! It worked on my Deda Newton o/s bars (nm)Cat 4 boy
May 9, 2003 4:47 AM
Homeade Solutionjohnmyster
May 9, 2003 5:52 AM
I too, used a zip tie, through the holes that the screw would normally mount, for some time.

Eventually, I put on aero bars, so that had to go. I homeade a solution, to hold the computer out in front of the bars, using a stem cap screw as a mount. Bad design, eventually broke.

Good outcome, was that I found a new hand position that I liked for decents and such, with my hands on the tops of the bars, right next to the stem. Didn't want to put my computer right back in the way and loose it.

Current design: Version one used a short piece of automotive heater hose (black rubber). I cut one end with a curve in the profile, so that it would snuggle up against the side of my stem. I cut it to length, put two small holes in the curved profile end. Put a zip tie in the holes, and attached it to my stem. Thus, I had a rubber hose (the right size for my computer to clamp onto) sticking out of the side of my stem, at the rearmost part. I had my hand position still, and a good computer placement.

Eventually the rubber tore where the zip tie went through. Now version two, is of PVC pipe, white, schedule 40, I believe 1" size had the right outside diameter for my stem to clamp onto. Anyway, the hole won't tear out of the pvc. Same shape, with a curve on one end. Zip tie to attach, but had to use a grinder to put that shape into it. Used a spot of electrical tape to protect the stem from scuffing. I guess if I want to be stylish, I'll cut an inch or two off my carbon seatpost and use that. Humm.

If interested, I can send a pic this weekend to you. johnmyster@sc.rr.com.
Plumbing Rubber O Rings from Home Depot Lowes (nm)abicirider
May 9, 2003 6:39 AM
re: Computer mounting clip too small for barssievers11
May 9, 2003 7:49 AM
I really depends on the type of computer you have, but...

All the Sigma's will work.

I have a shimano flitedeck that I use some reflector mouting brackets and created a new mount that put the computer directly infront of the bar, centered. I wish I had a photo for you. (shimano can't make a mounting braket to save their lives)
Try thisTower
May 9, 2003 8:09 AM
http://www.profile-design.com/acc_computermount.html

Might work for your stem.

If you want a new computer, the Cateye 7 can be mounted on a stem.
Also...Tower
May 9, 2003 8:26 AM
Crono Metro makes a mounting stub too. I've seen this one in LBS's.

http://www.bikyle.com/computers.asp
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. nmNatC
May 9, 2003 1:33 PM
re: Computer mounting clip too small for barsinnergel
May 12, 2003 11:25 AM
Option 1:
Cut a small piece of rubber (an old tube maybe) to fit under the bracket of your computer mount. Attach your mount bracket over the rubber on your bars. Use a zip tie through the screw holes on the mount and cinch it down as tight as possible with a pair of pliers. Cut off the zip tie. The rubber will keep the computer from moving and protect your new bars from being scratched.

I had the same problem with an 01 Specialized Elite computer and my new TTT Forgie XL bars. Works like a champ. Even the LBS mechanics were impressed.

Option 2:
Contact your computer manu. and see if they have a replacement bracket for OS bars. Specialized had one for every computer they made EXCEPT the one I have (of course).