Step 1 – Protection tape
Your handlebar harness is supplied with two pieces of 3M Helicopter tape. This is a thick and tough protection tape that will protect the paint on your frame from wear.
Start by thoroughly clean your frame, first with water and a mild detergent suitable for bike cleaning and then with acetone or another solvent.
Cut the long and narrow tape to shape and apply it. It should fit around the head tube underneath the down tube. Measure and draw twice, cut once.
Do the same with the other piece, it should go right above the other piece but only needs to cover the front.
Step 4 – Installing the harness
Undo one of the top straps, leave the other one for now to use as a reference when installing the first one.
Thread the webbing with Velcro through the black plastic rectangular ring on the webbing with two plastic buckles. Slide the ring all the way down the Velcro webbing.
Position the harness against the bike and try to route the cables so they don’t interfere with the harness.
Wrap the Velcro around your handlebar, through the plastic rectangular ring sticking up through the foam spacers. Pull it tight and attach it.
Slide the other rectangular ring forward so that the webbing with the two buckles is turned forward.
Repeat the process on the other side
Wrap the third webbing around the head tube and attach it. Depending on your frame you might have to move it up or down to get the best fit.
Insert the dry bag and attach the side release buckles to the lower of the two buckles on the top strap. Tighten and lock the cambuckles. Never move or ride your bike with the straps not attached as they might tangle in the front wheel. This is also why the ends of the straps are attached to the webbing.
If the First in Line front pocket is used it’s usually best to first attach it to the two remaining top buckles before attaching it to the lower buckles. Tighten and lock the cam buckles.
Sometimes cables can get in the way of the bungee cord. Simply untie the webbing and rethread it with the cables underneath. The bungee cord setup will work best if all the diagonals enters the d-rings from underneath.
Done! Now enjoy your ride!
While the harness is designed to work with most bike setups there will be some cases where cables or other things get in the way. Most of the time this can be fixed with alternative routing of cables or by making them longer. Experiment and contact me if you can’t fix it and we’ll look into it together!