I added a accessory bar to the front of the rack for the bag, horn and light That worked out pretty well.. at least thus far I like it... it is a bit unconventional but it frees up the handlebar hand positions and leave room to put the sleeping bag on the rack behind the bag and air horn bottle. I put on some new U-Bend synthetic leather bar tape... even wrapped the utility bar for looks....
BUT they are wide and with the bar end shifters even wider. It is interesting walking with it, parking it ... I do bang into stuff. Probably will continue to do that for a while until I get use to it.
It also takes a little getting use to the bar end shifters being in the new position. It is really funny what you get use to, what become a habit. But now I am riding in the drops more, especially on those steep hills.
oh the small changes makes you think it is brand new again !