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Note: Cockpit Mounts are plenty strong for holding accessories, but they are NOT strong enough to serve as an exit assist.
The Cockpit Mount with Vertical Attachment allows you to position cockpit mounts anywhere and everywhere in your cockpit. With two Double-Ended Clamps, a 40mm Straight Link Tube, and a 5" x 9" Asymmetric T-Bar, forward/backward, left/right, and up/down transform from obstacles to options! Made for attachment to vertically oriented handlebars (like most trikes and USS recumbents), the Cockpit Mount with Vertical Attachment lets you put everything in the ideal position.
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1. What is this exactly?
Cockpit Mounts have 7/8 inch (22.2mm) diameter tubes that are designed to be attached on or around your handlebars to put things like computers, phones, and GPSs where you can reach them and more easily see them. 7/8 inch is the standard handlebar size, so things made to go on handlebars will go right on a Cockpit Mount. The Cockpit Mount system is based on a versatile set of clamps and articulating links. They are designed to be very adjustable and to work around objects that might be in the way. The top of the Cockpit Mount where you put your accessories is a generous 5 inches (12.5cm) wide- room for all sorts of things.
2. How do you install it?
Special clamps make everything easy. First, you decide where you'd like your accessories to be. Then, you adjust the mounting system to hold things there. The clamps are designed to attach to round tubes that are either 7/8 inch or 1 inch in diameter (be sure to check this option). This version of the kit, the Cockpit Mount with Vertical Attachment, is made to attach to a vertically oriented tube, such as the upward pointing portion of your handlebars. You generally attach them below where the brakes attach. We make a another version designed to be attached to horizontally oriented tubes. The clamps are designed so they open up and clamp around whatever spot you have open. There is no need to remove anything that is already on your handlebars or whatever tube you are attaching to.
3. How strong are they? What can you put on them?
Strong. You could probably pick your bike up with them. The real question is "What can I put on them?". The answer is "All sorts of things!". They can easily take a GPS, a phone, a mirror, even water bottles. There is enough room you can usually get two or three things on them if you wish.
4. What size range of tube can I attach to?
We make clamps for attaching to either 1 inch 7/8 inch tubes. Nearly all vertically oriented tubes will be 7/8 inch.
5. Can I attach to things that are not round?
Unfortunately, no. It's important that the tube you attach to is straight and round where the clamp attaches. The clamp is 1/2 inch (12m) wide, so this is usually pretty easy to do.
6. Can I get a wider tube at the top?
I want to attach lots of stuff. The T shaped mounting tube has a 5 inch side and a 9 inch (23cm) side. You are free to use either part of the T. The T is asymmetric, so you can reverse it if you want to move things in or out.
7. Can I mount a mirror?
Yes, easily. The tubing is 7/8 inch, the standard handlebar size, so regular mirrors fit inside or outside the mount. Cockpit Mounts make great places to put mirrors, because you can get the mirror out past your body and more easily see behind you.
8. Can I use it to help get up out of my trike?
Unfortunately, no. Cockpit Mounts are designed for mounting accessories like computers, phones, lights, mirrors, and GPSs. They are not designed to be an exit assist grip. They are strong, but not that strong! If you need an exit assist grip, you will need something designed for that purpose.