There’s nothing worse than a fully loaded touring bike with floppy handlebars. Accessing front panniers while fighting the rotation is frustrating. Equally disappointing is when you find that perfect balance and then you walk away, the seconds later the handlebars swivel and the newly shifted center of gravity makes the entire bike fall over.
Well, here’s my little solution to this frustration. It utilizes existing braze-ons (threaded holes on the frame and the fork). On the fork I mounted a swivel and on the other end of the link is a quick-release. These parts are stainless steel and are tough. I used threaded rod to connect the ends and covered the threaded rod with aluminum tubing to give it a nice appearance. A clip is attached to the fork to allow you to stow the link while riding.
If you are interested I sell a build it yourself kit (with instructions) that include all the necessary components to build this link yourself. The kit incudes:
- Ball swivel
- QD connector
- Threaded rod (oversized length)
- Aluminum tube (oversized length)
- Stainless jam nuts
- Clip for fork
- Access to instruction page below
Kit cost $39 + shipping