The Tim Tas + Rek Ahead Steerer Rack Saves Your Saggy Handlebar Bags Jan 9, 2018

Be it for randonneuring, bikepacking, touring, commuting or cyclophotography, the handlebar bag can be either a nuisance or a godsend, depending on your equipment. While rack-less bag designs are convenient, they can often times flop and jostle all over, really ruining your otherwise pleasant and quiet ride. I’ve found when you put a heavy camera in one of these bags, getting it to stay put is quite the hassle. While a full-on touring, porteur or randonneuring rack can assist in this issue, sometimes they’re overkill and heavy. In my experience, all it takes is a simple bracket to hold the bag in place to really enhance your ride. The problem is, who makes such a product?

We’ve seen quite a few bracket designs for saddle packs, but what about handlebar packs? I’ve yet to find a good, reliable design. That is until I found the Tim Ras + Rek Ahead Steerer Rack.

The Tim Ras + Rek Ahead Steerer Rack comes in a few options: 1″ steerer, 22mm for quill stems or 1 1/8″ and in two tubing diameters; 8mm for racing or lightweight applications and 10mm for heavy duty riding. When I ordered mine, I requested the 1 1/8″, 10mm option. The rack attaches to your steerer via an aluminum clamp, replacing a 15mm spacer and is as set-n-forget as they come. Unfortunately, it’s only available in silver but I was able to paint it black after ten coats of primer spray paint and ample curing time (three weeks.)

Simplicity is key and the Ahead Steerer Rack is as simple as they come, while still maintaining a nearly universal fit. I could see this rack being used on a MTB, road, cross, tourer and even a track bike, for bikepacking bags, or randonneuring bags. It really does supply a secure fit for just about anything.

I’ve been using it on my Hunter with the Outer Shell 137 Basket Bag, which fits my Canon 1dx mkii and a 24-70 lens. This rack would have saved me countless hours of rattle-induced anxiety while racing through the Karoo Desert in South Africa during the Karoobaix.

Time will tell if this rack will break, or bend, but so far, I’ve yet to have any issues with it. I’ve mounted it to my drop bar and flat bar bikes, but the real application I’m stoked on is how this bike is currently set up.

The only bummer is the Tim Ras + Rek website is in Dutch, but they replied to my email quickly and made ordering a cinch. Pricing starts at €75.00. Contact them today if this rack looks like it’ll solve your problems like it did mine. Check out more photos below and feel free to ask any questions in the comments.

  • You always have the answer John! Tnx!

  • Trevor Gay

    Solid option!

  • AdamBike99

    Nice rack paint job John!

    • So. Many. Coats! After painting my truck’s bumpers, I learned to take my time with spraypaint. The all-in-one primer + paint cans work great.

      • AdamBike99

        That’s why they call the process of paint flashing/drying, “curing.” Proper flash time is truly the cure!

        • Yeah, 90 days is the recommended time period.

  • DamagedSurfer

    Hey John, I don’t know if I missed it (long day and all) but how did you attach the bag to the rack? Zip ties? I have a Swift Industries Sugarloaf bag. My daily commuter is an old-school but pretty mint Schwinn Prologue with a jury-rigged front rack/Wald basket combo I’m looking to ditch so I can maybe squeeze bigger tires in the fork. This might fit the bill. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Andrew Mc

    Do you think adding the stress point above the headtube could potentially cause frame damage? The weight is all being placed high up on the fork above the headtube and providing leverage on the front of the bike. A rack mounted on the fork moves that leverage point lower and onto the fork versus the front triangle on the bike.

    It looks like it works bitchin’ though!

    • Beau

      I would think a steel steer tube would handle the stress pretty easily, The rack itself looks like it wouldn’t let you overload it but so much. Kind of like the metal supports of the Swift Paloma bag. You know when you’re pushing your luck with that system.

    • No way at all. The “weight” of the bag is hung from the bars. This rack is just supporting it. No one’s carrying 20 cinder blocks on this thing.

  • Cass Gilbert

    Looks super interesting. Any idea of the approximate weight? I don’t see anything on their site, either.

    • Next time I’ll take it off, I’ll weigh it. It’s super light though, akin to a Berthoud saddle bag support.

  • Brett

    I may have missed it, but what handlebars are those?!!!