One problem with the Mantis is that there is no good place to
mount the display of the bike computer. There is no way of
seeing it if it is placed under the handles on the steering
columns. Initially I put it on the front bar (which goes to
the pedals) but it was awkward to see it there and even more
awkward to switch mode while travelling. I also wanted to
mount a water bottle at that same spot.
The end solution was to build an extra mount, which I attached
to the left hand steering column, where I could
attach the computer display. This also made a good place to
put a mirror. The following illustrates how I built this:
I started with two pieces of wood. One rod approximately
30cm long with a diameter of 2.1cm and one triangular piece. The
triangular piece is meant to get the rod out from the steering
column and to create a suitable angle.
The next step was to cut grooves in the pieces. The
triangular piece got two lengthwise grooves. One which fits
against the rod and one which will fit snuggly against the
steering column. The rod got two small groves which should
give the hose-clamps a flatter surface to lean against.
To cut the groves I used an precision belt sander, which is
a very handy tool when making oddly shaped wooden bits.
I spray-painted all the parts black.
Finally I glued the two wooden parts together and fastened
them to the steering column with a pair of hose clamps. I
have covered the hose clamps in black shrinking hose.
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