Restrap has a unique new bikepacking Bumper Bar that’s something in between a micro rack and a randonneur decaleur. Developed to stabilize bikepacking bar bags especially on smaller bikes or those with low stack height, it also is a stable point to mount a headlight, or even stow a small tool kit or rain jacket.  The Bumper Bar keeps whatever you have strapped to your handlebar away front your headtube, cables & front tire, and only takes up the height of one 3mm headset spacer.

Restrap Bumper Bar bikepacking stabilizer

Restrap Bumper Bar bikepacking bag stabilizer, micro front rack, orange bar bag

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The new Restrap Bumper Bar is a bit tricky to explain, at least for those adventure riders who haven’t already realized that they needed something like this. If you have a bikepacking or randonneur bag hanging off your bar that sways while you ride, bounces down against your front tire when you hit big bumps off-road, or seems to keep damaging your external cables… this is what you’ve been waiting for. A simple stabilizer for that front bag that likely will fit every single bike with a 1 1/8″ threadless stem.

Just swap out a 3mm spacer under your stem, and the Bumper Bar will give you something to secure your bar bag to, better than any strap back to the headtube or down to the fork crown.

And while it isn’t really a rack, you could also strap a spare rain jacket or a tool roll repair kit to it using the built-in slots, with or without a big bikepacking bag setup.

Restrap includes 5mm mounting holes & slots both on the top and bottom edges of the Bumper to provide a fixed attachment point for accessories like a headlight or camera. Plus, they shaped the Bumper Bar so most adjustable accessories like lights that you would normally clamp around your bar, can also be strapped to the Bumper.

Tech detail

Restrap Bumper Bar bikepacking bag stabilizer, micro front rack, side view

The Restrap Bumper Bar is made of 3mm thick cold-formed CR4 steel plate shaped to keep your bag and accessories around 75mm in front of your headtube – on bikes with carbon, alloy, or steel steerer tubes. With a heavy-duty powdercoat finish, the Bumper Bar weighs 178g made up of a bent front grill and 30mm strap slots for maximum compatibility.

Restrap Bumper Bar bikepacking bag stabilizer, micro front rack, dimensions

Restrap suggests a max carrying capacity of around 1kg, since it is meant more of a support cantilevered off your steerer than a rack.

Restrap Bumper Bar – Pricing & availability

Restrap Bumper Bar bikepacking bag stabilizer, micro front rack, rear view

The little Bumper Bar gadget sells for £40 / $60 / 48€ in a 1.125″ one-size-fits-all that can work with almost any bike without an oversized upper steerer (no 1 1/4″ or straight 1 1/5″ steerer bikes). It is available now direct from Restrap or one of their partner bike shops.

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Araf
Araf
12 days ago

3mm steel plate. Carbon steerer. If the bar straps work a bit loose while the bag straps are tight to the support – only the headset spacer compression prevents the bag weight and support unit putting considerable pressure on the steerer. Carbon steerer’s not gonna like that much. Granted it’s unusual situation but needs watching for.

Ben
Ben
12 days ago
Reply to  Araf

I get the idea with handle bar bags they don’t actually fix to this device, the device merely keeps the bag pushed up and away from the stem and wheel. A failure on the handlebar bag would just see it fall away. The attachment points in this device are for small accessories like lights etc

Gerardo
Gerardo
11 days ago
Reply to  Araf

Your handlebar bags are always putting load on your steerer, with or without this support, right?

Jaap
Jaap
10 days ago
Reply to  Gerardo

True, though a stem clamp is a bit wider than 3mm. It’s the point load of thin steel spacers that’s the worry.

Ramato
Ramato
10 days ago
Reply to  Araf

Exactly what I was thinking.
As it wants to rotate towards the headtube, a handlebar bag will inevitably push against this bracket = horizontal loads on 3mm spacer grinding its way into your steerer.
Spacer compression, esp on rough and bumpy therrain, will never be able to prevent this.
It’s a recipie for disaster.

The Bike Man
The Bike Man
2 days ago
Reply to  Araf

That’s my dreams crushed thanks