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Inbred

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Handlebar choice?
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:06:38 AM »
Just out of curiosity, I was wondering what sort of handlebar set-up all you good people out there use?
Particularly, non-drop-barred/Rohloff style.
I've tried the usual Thorn Flat Track bars with ergo bar-ends and Ergon GP5s on my Nomad and also Thorn Comfort bars.
These are ok, but I think I'd like to try some others.
Thanks in advance for any replies 🙂👍

PH

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 10:13:33 AM »
Not much help I'm afraid - I use flat bars with Ergon GP5 and get on well with them.  They have a lot of adjustment, the angle of both the pads and extension, plus of course the bar width, height, sweep and stem length.  It took me a few experiments to get them right, my starting point was trying to replicate a position I knew to be comfortable on other bars.
IMO it's more about finding comfortable hand positions than bar shape, it's probably possible to replicate the same ones on a variety of bars. But I haven't found anything that reduces rough road surface vibration better than the composite (Plastic!) bar ends.

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 05:46:47 PM »
I tried quite a few different options as I have issues with my back and wrists.

My Sherpa started out with a type of butterfly bar but then changed to a Tioga riser bar r35  . It's similar in a way to the Thorn comfort bars in that is has a bit of a sweep to it(6 degs).

I then bought some end "ergo" grips . they were cheapo ones from China. I wasn't going to pay 35 for grips.
The ones i got from China have been perfect for what i needed . From the start I wrapped them in handlebar cushioning tape.

I'll try to attach a photo but i'm not that good at those sort of things.



John Saxby

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 07:01:54 PM »
I have a different setup on my Raven:

  • wide Velo Orange randonneur bars (48 cms at the flared ends), with the Rohloff shifter below the bars on a Thorn accessory T-bar, angled backwards about 30. See photo #5 below
  • the bar clamp is about 2" above the nose of the saddle, & the upper/outer ramps are higher still. This makes riding on the drops much easier on my back. See #6 below.

This arrangement works better for me than other drop-bar set-ups in which the bars are more or less level with the saddle. At the same time, I find the drops essential for windy conditions -- a few folks in these parts tour with flat or swept-back bars, but I don't know how they manage headwinds.

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 10:56:50 PM »
I have used flat, trekking and now I am using the Velo Orange Crazy Bars. These were great when we rode across Canada last Summer.

John Saxby

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 11:28:12 PM »
Can you post a photo, Tom?  [Easier than a description, I reckon ;)  ]

Did you stay warm & dry through the "Colorado Low" storms of the past few days?

Cheers,  John

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 12:11:56 AM »
A handlebar type that is often overlooked but is the most ergonomic of all, is the North Road. It gives you useful extra height, though not all the apparent rise is extra height as the handlebars should point about 15-30 degrees down from the horizontal. The sweep of the grips falls under your hand in the natural relaxed position. It also brings your back more upright, which is always useful. Upside down, North Road bars are like more ergonomic Moustache bars, if you want to be fancy. North Road bars are also cheap: the Uno-Kalloy bars are particularly good.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2018, 12:38:43 PM by Andre Jute »

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 08:16:15 AM »
A handlebar type that is often overlooked but is the most ergonomic of all, is the North Road.

I have variants of these bars on 4 of the family bikes - my current two visitor bikes, the new Raven Tour Step Through small visitor bike I just built up and my wife's bike.

The bars on my wife's bike and the new visitor bike are "BLB FUBAR HANDLEBAR" in 480 mm width, the straight ends on these are just long enough to fit a Nexus 8 Shimano twist grip shifter, brake levers and grips for small hands. Both these bikes are set up for a very upright riding position.

http://www.fixedland.com/BLB-FUBAR-HANDLEBAR

My large visitor bike has a similar bar, but a tad wider and with slightly longer straight ends. This extra length enabled me to fit an Alfine 8 Shimano Rapidfire shifter (which I prefer over the twist grip) and full length grips to suit large hands. Due to the long frame, my riding position on this bike is not upright, but more relaxed than on my drop bar bikes, I would say between the "relaxed" and "fairly relaxed" positions shown in the Thorn Mega Brochure. I can ride this bike comfortably for long distances, although I miss the drop bar options of changing hand position and the low "down on the drops" position for headwinds.

Two of my drop bar bikes have "traditional" drop bars, my 2016 Raven Sport Tour has compact drops, which I now prefer. I will probably convert my Raven Tour heavy touring bike to compact drops, but my 1977 light derailleur tourer will have to keep the traditional bars as compacts don't seem to exist in the 25.4 centre bulge size that fits old quill stems.

I have straight bars with bar ends on two of my bikes, my old 650B utility bike now used mainly for survey work and my Raven Tour utility bike used for shopping and other urban trips. The Raven Tour utility bike will probably end up with either compact drop bars or some variant of North Road bars.

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Re: Handlebar choice?
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2018, 10:30:48 PM »
Here is a pic of my bike with Velo Orange Crazy Bars.